We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam Winney and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Adam, why did you pursue a creative career?
I think I chose to pursue art because it was just like, that outlet someone like me needs to get their energy and ideas out. It goes the other way too. When I go to see a show, I wanna walk away neeeeeeding to see more from that performer who turned the party so hard I got on my feet. The audience needs the performer, the performer needs the audience, and the fact that it can be a career is just freaking lovely.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
So I always wanted to be a performer, but figuring out a way to do that while making money, and ALSO being happy, has been the journey. I’ve been doing original musical comedy for about 7 years now, and the past two years started to play around in drag as well. I’m diabetic so her name was Diabetty, but then I found out there’s a Daya Betty already in Chicago, so I go by Sugar Free now.

No matter boy or girl comedy, it’s always been comedy for me. I studied improv for 3 years at UCB here in LA, and that taught me so much more than I could’ve hoped for. Funny enough, it’s also the place I started drag. I owe a lot of my current momentum to what I learned at UCB.

It’s important for me to look at my art through a specific lens; the world is inherently silly and something to laugh at. Being a diabetic homosexual who grew up right in the center of the Midwest, I’ve dealt with hardships. But if you can laugh at something, that’s the best strength.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh I’m so boring when my friends visit. I’m not from LA, and I’m a stoner who stays inside, so I definitely am not the guy in the movie who extends his arm to the lead character from out of town and is like “do you trust me”?

We’d def do In-N-Out if they want. Go see Exposure Drag at Offbeat Bar, see some improv if things are opening up again. Buy weed. Beach. Um, shop.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I definitely wouldn’t be anywhere near this level of polish if it wasn’t for the discipline I got from the teachers in my life. One of my favorite notes ever was from my college professor, Beate Pettigrew. A girl kept messing up the same part in rehearsals for a show, and one night during notes Beate finally had enough. She told us all “this is a learning environment, here we can make mistakes. In the real world if you make the same mistake twice, you get recast”.

Heard you loud and clear, Beate. It’s not too hard to take the note, just do the work.

Instagram: @adamwinney

Youtube: https://youtube.com/c/AdamWinney

Other: Drag Instagram: @sugarfreethequeen

Image Credits
John Brant, Michael Newsted.

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