Good News, Everyone!I can finally share a preview of the images for Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ Fall 2013 Moderncraft Campaign, for which I had the good fortune to model this year! Read more about it at http://www.temptalia.com/occ-makeup-moderncraft-collection-for-fall-2013-lip-tars
See Calpernia as one of the new Faces of Facebook in “Airplane”, the national commercial for Facebook Home!
Calpernia Addams is an actress, musician, author and activist. She is currently one of the new faces of Facebook’s national ad campaign for “Facebook Home” also creating and performing an original musical arrangement for the commerical.
Calpernia starred in MTV/Logo’s “Transamerican Love Story“, a show examining dating and romance for trans people. The show won a GLAAD Media Award and was hailed as the first dating show to feature an out transsexual star.
Calpernia has toured the US and Europe playing and singing acoustic music featuring violin, autoharp and accordion with cult indie superstar Patrick Wolf. She can be heard playing fiddle as part of NCIS star Pauley Perrette’s band on Pauley’s upcoming album that also features Adam Lambert’s bassist Tommy Joe Ratliff, guitarist Xander Smith, drummer Veronica Bellino and pianist Michael Weatherly. Calpernia also entertained the troops with her violin in Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War.
She performed alongside Jane Fonda in the 10th anniversary production of “The Vagina Monologues” at the New Orleans Super Dome to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina. At Jane Fonda’s behest and under the direct mentorship of Eve Ensler, Calpernia directed the first all-transsexual cast performance of “The Vagina Monologues”, produced by business partner Andrea James. Both women hosted, performed lead roles and read a new monologue written by Ensler based on their lives and the lives of other trans women in the show.
Her memoir, Mark 947, details her Southern childhood and service as a field medical combat specialist with the Navy and Marines in Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War.
Calpernia is also known for her work in and for the transsexual community through Deep Stealth Productions. Deep Stealth produces entertainment and educational material promoting understanding and growth centering on the trans community.
Calpernia Addams has been entertaining for over 20 years, on stage and screen, for straight and gay audiences in venues such as the New Orleans Superdome, the Hollywood Palladium, the Hollywood Forever Masonic Temple, Bimbo’s 365 classic Jazz venue in San Francisco, Hollywood’s Henry Fonda Theatre, Nashville’s The Parthenon, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and countless others.
She has headlined or Grand Marshalled at major Pride celebrations around the country, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas. Her underground dance singles have played in clubs around the world and are top sellers in their genres on iTunes and Amazon.
Her weekly Pop, Jazz and Standards cabaret show, “Calpernia Presents: Goddess“, is consistently sold out and standing room only. On MTV’s LOGO network, she reigned as the first out transsexual in the world to star in her own dating reality show, and Calpernia’s exhaustive IMDB credits include film and television work with Jane Fonda, Felicity Huffman and more.
A confident and hilarious event hostess, she takes effortless command of a room and leaves the audience laughing for standup comedy shows, charity auctions, awards ceremonies, fundraiser bingo, drag, burlesque and live music shows.
Her activism work has included fundraising for all major GLBT causes, with specific focus in the past on work with GLAAD, SLDN, The Task Force (NGLTF) and women’s charities such as VDay and Peace Over Violence (LACAAW).
Calpernia is also an accomplished violinist and has experience moving in the highest circles of Hollywood’s business and corporate elite as an upscale hostess and entertainer.
Ok, Kids, so as you may know my musical exposure was limited pretty much to Bluegrass gospel and folk during my most formative years. Most everything since then has had a breathless sensation of “catching up on something from the past”, a discovered treasure, but one to which I had no connection in my history.
We were allowed to watch old black and white movies, though, and I’ve really been enjoying coming back around to the music of Mae West, Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe and then related artists (in my mind) like Peggy Lee. I’m probably using the words slightly wrong, but I’ve been using the word “cabaret” to describe my one-person club performances of these high-character, high-camp songs that usually sit somewhere in a cinematic narrative. I know there’s a long Broadway history of this kind of thing, but I’ve always been strangely put off by the “Broadway scene” as I perceive it. Current Broadway music doesn’t have the rich, classic Jazzy, Bluesy or Big Band feel of the movie versions I like. It’s pop-y, overly modern and has the ugly tinge of reality singing competition feel to it: singing as a way to “crush the competition” and build one’s self up rather than bring a character to life or entertain the audience.
I feel something in a lot of Broadway music, and music in general now, that seems to have forgotten that the artist is there in service of the audience. To entertain, enchant and please them. I feel so much ego and self aggrandizement in performance nowadays.
Which is why I love going back to my own personally cherished goddesses and their canons. This summer, I hope to record my first real album in London with Patrick Wolf, a wonderful friend and inspiration. For now, I’m posting some of the “fourth wave” of my music on Soundcloud and Bandcamp and iTunes. The previous waves were: Childhood Folk Gospel, 90′s Amateur Remixes and Early LA Tracks. I’m excited about this next chapter!
Update: Here’s the commercial!
See Calpernia as one of the new Faces of Facebook in their national commercial for Facebook Home!
The video was originally leaked and introduced by Mark Zuckerberg himself here:
If you peek about 28 minutes 41 seconds into Mark Zuckerberg’s LiveStream announcement of the new Facebook Home software, you might just see a familiar face or two. Yours truly, America’s Transsexual Sweetheart Calpernia Addams and Drag Queen Superstar Shangela of RuPaul’s Drag Race appear over the shoulder of the male lead. I have the pleasure of singing “After You Get What You Want”, a Jazz classic, to him over his shoulder as Shangela bursts forth from a beverage cart. Is Facebook’s featuring of trans and drag entertainers in a national commercial a first for the company? Let’s hope the inclusiveness continues!
Check around 28 minutes 41 seconds in:
I’m reading a piece as trans AIDS activist Connie Norman tonight 8pm @ The Skylight Theatre on Vermont in further support of World AIDS Day, alongside actors including Ann Walker, Tony Abatemarco, Larry Bates, Michael Kearns, Sandy Martin, Brian Normoyle, Ryland Shelton, Lianna Taylor, Gordon Thomson and David Trudell.
Text of monologue below: