We had the good fortune of connecting with Salina EsTitties and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Salina, what do you want people to remember about you?
I want people to remember me as a good person. The egos, personalities, and social politics that come into play in the drag community is beyond that of any other profession. I’ve had my ups and downs and stumbles through out my journey, and i always want it to be just that; MY JOURNEY. I look towards the queer men and women who came before me, the ones i admire are always humble and kind. The ones who are quiet giants, putting in the work the outside public doesn’t’ usually see, doing good when no one is watching. I want to be that. Not known for my sassy attitude, or just my body. I want to be known for being and doing GOOD and for Inspiring others to do the same.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
wow my journey in drag has been such a crazy one. I moved to Hollywood when I was 17 years old with nothing but a dream of performing and entertaining. Never had I thought drag was going to be the route I was going to take in my life and in my career. With a BFA musical theater, and graduating from Scholarship at Edge performing arts center, I was sure I was going to be the next greatest male dancer in Hollywood. Well in Hollywood, to be a male dancer, you need to have a male dancer body. I did not have a male dancer body. so needless to say I wasn’t booking any gigs as a dancer. I was helping a friend with her drag at the start of her career and one day I just decided to join a competition and perform. I didn’t know that this was gonna be the Trajectory my life was going to take from then on. A lot of my challenges came from financial hardship. Drag is expensive. Wigs, heels, make up, outfits, then creating everything for performance on top of that it’s outrageous how much work goes into drag that people don’t realize. I have quit drag for periods of time, I became a fundraiser queen, where I would only do drag for fundraisers to get back to the community and to raise money for a good cause. I had times where I decided I’m just not going to do drag at all. It was really tough even with my internalized homophobia I had back then, five years ago, with myself the idea that someone would not want to date me because I do drag, the confusion of gender that comes up with the fact that I have wigs in my apartment. It’s a lot. One night I was listening to a podcast with RuPaul and Oprah and I was driving into Hollywood on a Greyhound bus coming home from my family for Thanksgiving. RuPaul said some thing on the podcast that made my heart sing. She said, “my purpose is…” this idea of purpose came up. I asked myself what is my purpose. Why did I get sober at 21 years old? Why did I find drag? why does drag keep finding me? I looked out in service guy LA and I saw a shooting star in that moment. I took this as my sign. I got sober at 21 years old so that all of my experiences as I move forward with my life I can express that through the art form of drag. Drag is my vessel to tell the story of everyone who came before me, to tell my parents story, to tell my story! Drag is something you cannot miss. If there’s a drag queen in front of you you’re going to pay attention. This vessel of drag is the loudest and most glamorous Attention grabber. When you have so much attention why are you going to do with it? That’s what I told myself. I have purpose today through my drag. My drag purposeful. my Drag is necessary. My drag has a message. My drag has power. Am I drag inspires. And that’s why I stand out. And that’s why I keep doing what I’m doing
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
wherever salina estitties is performing that’s where you want to be. point blank period.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to give a shout out to the LGBT+ SOBER COMMUNITY in Los Angeles. My recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction is the only reason I am who i am today. Everything i do and will do is a result of the amazing sober community that exist here in LA, who support me, boost me up, and teach me how to be a kind human being.