Category Archives: Actress

Calpernia has been in front of audiences since childhood, from performing Bluegrass gospel in a small Tennessee church to the New Orleans Superdome to national television to indie film festivals across the world.

Pre-Order “Transproofed” on DVD with COOL Extras!

Transproofed on DVD!
Transproofed on DVD!

Yay! We have set up a feature-packed version of the “Transproofed” DVD available for pre-order NOW! You can order a special version with personalized autographs from Andrea and me right now, and it will ship starting June 25th. You can order the regular DVD (with all the same features inside) right now, too, and it will start shipping July 12th.

In addition to the fun movie itself, we spent a lot of time making extras like:

  • A commentary track, where you can watch the movie and listen to Andrea and me talk about the making of the movie.
  • A Storyboard Featurette, where we show Andrea’s pre-production storyboard art and she discusses how to use pre-planning to organize and shoot your own movie.
  • The music video for “Next!”, in fullscreen DVD quality.
  • The “Transproofed” trailer and “Casting Pearls” trailer, in fullscreen DVD quality.

Order now and have the DVD shipped to you as soon as it become available! And come see it with Andrea and me on the big screen at OutFest by getting your tickets here: http://www.tinyurl.com/transproofed

The film stars Calpernia Addams as Ava, Andrea James as Joyce, and Joel Lambert as Mike. “Transproofed” explores the controversy of when (or whether) to come out as transgender in a romantic relationship. Ava’s showgirl friends are all openly transgender, but like many trans women, Ava dreams of living a quiet life where her trans status is not an issue. Ava’s friend Joyce urges her to go “stealth,” slang for not divulging one’s trans status. Joyce urges Ava to follow her example: to tone down her look and to get her place “transproofed,” slang for hiding any evidence that one is trans. As Joyce pushes Ava to hide more and more of her past and her identity, Ava begins to wonder if it’s worth it.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fWiSSxn6xA

New Calpernia Music Video: “Next!” from the Movie “Transproofed”

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6xfgtVLLn4

Hey kids! After over a month of wrangling with iTunes to get my music back up, it’s finally done. Check out my tracks on iTunes here, or use the links in the sidebar to find it on Amazon or other places. Every 99 ¬ ¢ helps me buy more liquor and pop tarts… you didn’t think this body came without a special diet, did you?

“Next!” is the main song from “Transproofed“, written and performed by me, and the movie also features more original music by both me and director/co-star Andrea James.

Here is the debut of the music video for the Matthew McPeck Pop remix of “Next!”, also directed by Andrea James. This music video will be part of the upcoming mega-DVD we’re releasing with “Transproofed” itself, a commentary track by Andrea and me, an animated sotryboard featurette, plus the trailers for “Transproofed” and our 2008 festival-favorite “Casting Pearls”.

Calpernia as Musical Guest for Del Shores "The Storyteller" Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Del Shores - The Storyteller

Del Shores - The Storyteller

Hey kids, I’ve been asked to do a bit of guest fiddle playing with the creator and cast of “Sordid Lives” this Wednesday night! Get’cher tickets for Wednesday, June 3rd, if there are any left for a hilarious evening with Del Shores, with special appearances by series stars Jason “Ty” Dottley, Ann “Lavonda” Walker and Newell “Wardell” Alexander and musical guest Calpernia Addams!

Full event details here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=79892606909&ref=mf

ZEPHYR THEATRE, LOS ANGELES, CA

SPECIAL GUESTS: NEWELL ALEXANDER, ROSEMARY ALEXANDER, JASON DOTTLEY, LESLIE JORDAN, ANN WALKER & CALPERNIA ADDAMS (Guests may vary)
TIXS: 323.654.6083

In semi-related news, here’s an old clip of me playing with Alec Mapa last year in his show “No Fats, Femmes or Asians”. My bit in Del’s show will be much more intimate… no backup dancers, more of a “pickin’ and strummin’ on the front porch” thing:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8Q_qKGxxls

Calpernia as Musical Guest for Del Shores “The Storyteller” Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Del Shores - The Storyteller

Del Shores - The Storyteller

Hey kids, I’ve been asked to do a bit of guest fiddle playing with the creator and cast of “Sordid Lives” this Wednesday night! Get’cher tickets for Wednesday, June 3rd, if there are any left for a hilarious evening with Del Shores, with special appearances by series stars Jason “Ty” Dottley, Ann “Lavonda” Walker and Newell “Wardell” Alexander and musical guest Calpernia Addams!

Full event details here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=79892606909&ref=mf

ZEPHYR THEATRE, LOS ANGELES, CA

SPECIAL GUESTS: NEWELL ALEXANDER, ROSEMARY ALEXANDER, JASON DOTTLEY, LESLIE JORDAN, ANN WALKER & CALPERNIA ADDAMS (Guests may vary)
TIXS: 323.654.6083

In semi-related news, here’s an old clip of me playing with Alec Mapa last year in his show “No Fats, Femmes or Asians”. My bit in Del’s show will be much more intimate… no backup dancers, more of a “pickin’ and strummin’ on the front porch” thing:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8Q_qKGxxls

Video from the 2009 GLAAD Media Awards – Calpernia’s Acceptance Speech

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Fla-HLrB70

Hey kids, here’s the video of me accepting the award for “Outstanding Reality Series” for “Transamerican Love Story”, tied with “I Want to Work for Diddy”, which was accepted by Laverne Cox. I just love the way Michelle Clunie’s voice is so full of delight when she makes the annoncement, what an angel!

I didn’t realize that there could be “ties” for the awards, so the second I heard them say “I Want to Work for Diddy”, I put down my scrap of paper with a list of people I wanted to thank and began clapping. Then, of course, the announcement for “Transamerican Love Story” followed instantly. I almost thought Michelle was joking for an instant, since I knew her in real life and we always chatted whenever we encountered each other, so I sort of stood up, then sat back down, looking around. I didn’t want to be the fool who rushed up to the stage when someone else had won. People were urging me onward, so I got up and made my way to the stage, in my confusion forgetting the list. While all that was happening, Laverne had already made it to the stage, and so she gave her wonderful speech first.

I edited this video to show my speech first because I’m posting the video, for my blog and my fans, ha ha, but at the actual event Laverne’s was first, which I also acknowledge in the video here. I also included a list of everyone I had meant to thank. This was my first big entertainment award/trophy reception based on the merits of a project of which I was the “face” and lead performer, so I hope everyone will cut me some slack for not giving the perfect acceptance speech. It was a wonderful night, in any case, and I was so proud of the “Transamerican Love Story” team. Yay!