It’s hard to find nice clothes when you want to go out. That inspired me to create a more androgynous clothing line geared for women and men who are in the middle. When MTV asked me to describe myself during the audition, they gave me the option of saying feminine or butch. My goal for Futch Apparel is to make women and men like me feel comfortable and proud of who they are. I told Amy [Lesser] I wanted to go back out on stage with her, the party was so much fun.
We all witnessed your star appeal at the GO Magazine 5th Anniversary Party.
But as a female, you definitely have to prove yourself in this line of work. But it’s taken a lot to get to this point, to be so comfortable.
in early October, 16 men and women were initially cast as suitors, including 29-year-old Dani Campbell from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. AE: What did they think about you wearing your firefighter outfit during the catwalk scene in the first episode?
Seven episodes in, the self-described "futch" firefighter has become one of the top four contenders for Tila’s heart.
She was the runner-up in the first bisexual dating reality show, A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila and the final female contestant.
Most recently she appeared in the third season of Kourtney and Kim Take Miami on the episode 'Lez-B-Honest', which aired January 27, 2013.
She rescues damsels in distress, loves her mother (and her grandmother) and is unabashedly self confident. How did you feel when MTV revealed that you would also be competing with men for Tila’s affection? When it was all girls, we thought, “What a ground-breaking show! Basically, they kept us on track because they know that the audience wants to know what’s going on, and sometimes we don’t explain well. The show was more realistic than I thought it would be. Since appearing on the show, do people treat you very differently? I figured it would be like this, but not to this extent. Do you think your upbringing has helped keep you grounded? Now I do speak openly with her, and our relationship is 10times stronger. It was in rural Florida, and I knew it would be a while before help could arrive. The car caught fire, and the driver was pinned under the dashboard.
She lends a sane voice to the insane world of reality TV. MTV was hosting auditions at a bar, and people were telling me I should do an audition tape. ” Then I had a couple more drinks, and before you know it, I was in front of the camera. ” Little did we know it was even more than that; it was a bisexual show. I’m definitely getting phone calls from people I haven’t talked to in a while. With the help of bystanders, I pulled him out to safety.
She said, "You have a great personality for it," blah, blah, blah, and I was like, "ehhh," but after three beers, you know, I took the bait and I did an audition. DC: Yeah, they had a video camera there for the auditions, and they asked me some questions, and I landed the part. Just like, "Ha ha, this is going to be funny," or "This show is going to be ridiculous." You know: "Don’t make a fool of yourself on TV.
There’s going to be a lot of alcohol."Just trying to give me a lot of precautions — "Don’t do this, don’t do that" — but once they finally got to see it, and now we’re like six episodes in, they’re like little girls.
Once they realized we were competitors, they started to worry. For me personally, I didn’t know Amanda was trashing me until I watched the show last week. And after the first time, I just stopped paying attention to everybody there. How much input did the MTV producers have in the way the show unfolded? It feels good that Tila recognizes what I have to offer. At the same time, it’s cool that so many people recognize me. If you could have known how your life would change post-, would you still have participated? On the show, you said your mother raised you single-handedly. My mom always told me I could be who I wanted to be. I know she’s always there for me, and she loves me for who I am. If wasn’t for my mom, I wouldn’t be here today or be the person I am. My mom found out when she busted me making out with a girl when I was 16. Before the show, I never talked to her about the possibility of my having children or about the legal rights I don’t have. It’s a big deal for a lot of kids that are coming out. I wasn’t always able to identify it when I was younger because it was never talked about. We realized the problem when we arrived, and we carried out the survivors while we held our breath. Before I was a firefighter, I saw a huge accident in heavy traffic.
And at first the guys were excited because they thought we were there for them. Was there really as much conflict behind the scenes as there appears to be on television? Everybody makes mistakes when they’re drinking, and not everybody deals with their emotions the way they should. In Episode 6, there’s a big fight between Brandi and Vanessa. But, you know, when you’re in the moment, you just kind of shut it out. I am also unusually honest which to most people is like a breath of fresh air. When they called us for help, they thought it was food poisoning, so we didn’t bring our air masks.
AE: What was your honest reaction when you found out that Tila is bi? AE: You’ve described yourself as "futch" with an F. DC: It’s kind of a cross between a femme and a butch. DC: Yes, I’ve seen some butches where it’s like [whistles].