Today we’d like to introduce you to Brady Lindsey.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Brady. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I moved out to Los Angeles three years ago to pursue the typical dreams of being an actor, or a model. I wasn’t very particular. Three days after I turned 18, I packed my bags, and made my way to Hollywood with that dream and put my nose to the grind. I worked moderately over the first two years. Booking some really lucky gigs.
Yet I wasn’t feeling satisfied creatively. I had started practicing makeup around the age of 17, but I wanted to start doing drag. I practiced painting in my room for about a year. There were lots of breakdowns and tears during that first year. But eventually I started to get a bit more comfortable with my abilities and I started to venture outside of my bedroom. As I left the nest, I was blessed to be taken under the wing of my Drag mom, and best friend Sky diemund. With her guidance and encouragement, Ashlee was born. Since then, I’ve begun working in LA as an up and coming queen.
Ashlee has developed, and grown to be so much more than just a drag persona to me. As a non-binary individual, she has filled the space of feminine expression that I was lacking as I grew up. She is like a best friend that has filled up a missing puzzle piece.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Coming out at age 13 in small-town Utah definitely wasn’t easy. But I’ve never been very good at hiding myself or who I am, so once I knew it had to be out for the world to see. I had to face a lot of prejudice from a pretty young age because of that. But I was lucky to have an amazing support system at home, with friends, and with faculty and my school. The older I got, I ran into the more lasting effects of growing up in such an environment. I had a lot of mixed up feelings about what it meant to be queer, or how to be appropriately queer. After moving to LA, I was met with a huge culture shift as far as the ideas of Queer identity we’re concerned. I finally felt free to explore who I was. It was terrifying, and I kept coming against those thoughts about acceptability. But with practice, I’ve shaken those ideas and I try to just live as authentic as I can.
Please tell us about Ashlee Madison.
Drag for me is how I express the most flamboyant and loud parts of my personality. But it’s also how I express my beauty and creativity the most authentically. I only recently started to model in drag, but it’s really become one of my passions. I’ve been able to combine a skill I’ve possessed since before Ashlee was born and adapt it to her life.
Beyond that, myself and my drag family are trying to cultivate spaces for Queer people to be themselves in their most extreme. I’ve actually been really lucky to assist on an amazing event thrown in LA by the Haus of Quties. A queer collective that aims to cultivate parties and nightlife events for Queer Trans PoC.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
The biggest credit has to go to the mothers in my life, both my biological, and Drag. They’ve both really been nurturing to me. Without the two of them, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do.
My mother supported me and my dreams no matter how often they’ve changed. She’s always been there to provide and do what she can to make said dream a reality. Once I moved to LA, she became my ‘Momager’ she helps in my communications with casting, scheduling, and a whole slew of other things. I’d truly be a mess without her, god bless Virgo’s.
And also a huge shoutout to my friend, and photographer Victoria LoMonaco! Her work always leaves me breathless, grateful to know, and work with her!
- Email: BradyDLindsey@gmail.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/TheAshleeMadison_