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

Hi Warumono, why did you pursue a creative career?
Honestly I’ve been an artist of some sort all my life. I’ve done all sorts of both traditional and digital art when I was growing up, moved to teaching myself how to sew which turned into costume competitions, which evolved into my love for the stage and the bright lights, and then I took the dive to become a performer – starting out with drag and using it to push myself into being braver and stepping into (or out of, haha) burlesque. My list of art that I have done could go on forever! I have also done my fair share of a ‘traditional job’, but on the side I’d still be creating. I both love and hate that I’m so stubborn, because it gave me the drive to focus on my own stuff even if I experienced some hardships. I am now fortunate enough after many, many years to use it as my main work as well as enjoyment.¬†It’s certainly difficult at times, but I always tell everyone that it’s absolutely worth the struggle to be on my own schedule, doing something my heart is completely enveloped in. It doesn’t feel like work when you’re so, so happy. And as a bonus, I love having people come up to me and say they really enjoy what I create, and that I’ve also inspired them to do what they desire!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I guess I am just the type of person that pushes myself higher and farther. I enjoy learning new things and what I can do. I taught myself most everything I know, purely by deciding I was going to do it, sitting down, and f*cking around, haha. I think there is very little I do in my artistic endeavors that I do ‘by the book’, and I like it that way, even when people try to tell me that it’s wrong. If I’m succeeding and enjoying, then it is right. So when I have a crazy idea, it may take me a few years and many different attempts, but I’ll eventually figure it out! Competing pushed me to better my talents and I’m very proud of the awards I’ve worked hard to win (more than 60 at this point, oof I’m old). I have been doing this kind of stuff professionally for more than twenty years and not all of it was easy, though creating has always come naturally to me.

I think what makes me original is that because I don’t do things the way people expect me to, I stand out. I try to keep it new and fresh. I do a unique combination of drag and burlesque as an androgynous performer, fluidly going back and forth from masculine, feminine, and then dancing in between – however I am very adamant about the world knowing that I am still male, still using he\him pronouns and call myself a King, even if my nails are an inch long, some parts are shaved and/or tucked, and I’m prancing around in heels and a garter. I want people to question what gender means, and what makes me a man. And I also refuse to bend, so even when people tell me I’m unusual, I simply say okay, and take myself somewhere else. There will always be someone that enjoys what I do and how I do it. Even if it’s just me.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
People always say they don’t believe I’m actually an introvert. I live for the stage and I’m very outgoing and charismatic, but as soon as I’m ‘off’, I go back to my naturist ways. I certainly won’t be taking anyone out to the bars, clubs, tourist places, etc. Instead I’ll show them to my favorite tea spots (it’s called Tea Spots, LOL), probably stop by a plant store, and definitely find multiple parks, hiking trails, campgrounds, creeks, the ocean… anywhere there is sunshine, greenery and water, I’ll be there. That’s part of the reason why I love Los Angeles so much. Gimmie dat 80-90 degree weather. Coming from Colorado I was worried I’d miss out on all the nature, but the national parks aren’t a terribly far drive for me here so that’s definitely appreciated. Food places would not be four star restaurants, some smaller business things. Perhaps a makeup/fashion/crafty store to splurge. The most social I think I would do for someone is go support another drag or burlesque show! Those are always entertaining, and inspiring.

A week is bold, though. I’d run out of extroverting energy, hahaha. ūüôā

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?
After I took the chance to drop everything in Denver and move to Los Angeles, I was hustling taking tip only spots to network as much as possible and my first drag show was in Long Beach, where Big Deelish loved what I did so much she actually booked me. (facebook.com/BigDeeLish) Then I slowly worked my way into other venues and shows, where Krystal Kurio helped me become a regular at BeetleHouse, which was super exciting because that is right up my branding alley! (facebook.com/KrystalKurio)
And through that I met Vixen DeVille, who has been gracious enough to teach me new skills to up my game as a great performer. (facebook.com/cat.lacohie)

I am forever grateful to everyone that has helped me get to where I am today, but these three have been a major part in starting to be successful in my new state. Thank you!!

Instagram: https://instagram.com/FilthyWarumono

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FWarumono

Facebook: https://facebook.com/OfficialFilthyWarumono

Youtube: https://youtube.com/FilthyWarumono

Other: https://etsy.com/shop/FilthyCommissions РFor my clothing/costumes/accessories business

Image Credits
Zero Serenity Photography

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