How many times have we all heard it? “Where on Earth does the time go?”

I have no idea. My first thought; on Earth is probably the wrong place to search.

In Summer 2013, I stepped in front of an audience as Triesste for the first time. If memory serves, I brought a guitar and played two songs. That was ten years ago. Recently, I was chatting with another CDH member about how things have changed since then. I know there are CDH members who also have performing experience. In a way, it’s a safe zone. Crossdressing has a long history in entertainment.

For those who have never done it, I don’t know what impression it makes. Glamorous? Brave? Risky and irresponsible? Like most of us, I have-and need-a day job. Sometimes I read posts by other CDH members and can’t help feeling a bit of “the grass is greener over the fence.” Enjoying the planning, the details. Enjoying the privacy. Enjoying the moment.

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The photo accompanying this article is from episode 3 of my variety event, “Triesste & Friends,” on March 4th of this year. It’s one of several spinoff events from our main show. One of my friends, who was in the audience, said that I seem to be “in my element when performing. I have seen the videos, and compared to my daily life, I certainly smile a lot more, without even knowing it.

That said, it has also been ten years of tight dresses and equally tight schedules, cramped dressing areas, and lost items. Expenses after the show; I got another dose of “gender-based sticker shock” at the cleaners. At this point, dresses totally dominate my clothing and skirts-the math is not pretty. Then there’s technical problems, personality clashes-and don’t get me started on politics. I made the mistake of commenting on an issue on social media last year. The repercussions have still not subsided.

The irony in all this is that Triesste, as a performer, was supposed to be a side project. I was supposed to be promoting my original music. That started long before my debut as Triesste. Those songs had mostly been written for a guy. Obviously, a problem! instead, to prepare for a show, I browse the pop charts, looking for songs that appeal to an audience, that I can do a reasonable performance of, and that are available as backing tracks. Of course, that music is copyrighted. I can’t use it to promote what I do.

Recently, I found myself saying that, after the next show, I’m going to take some time off. I need to take stock of where I am and think about whether it’s really where I want to be. I checked the calendar-yup. I’m definitely not getting any younger. How do I make the most of whatever time I have. Decisions count.

We set our official tenth anniversary show for July. It will be a chance to thank our audiences. They have been incredibly supportive and encouraging. I’m going to extend thanks to this community as well. At those times when I wonder if I made a horrible mistake, people have reached out and said, “Hey-you’re okay.” That ultimately, is why it’s so hard to give the heels a holiday.

To everyone who has read this to the end-congratulations! you have a very important quality for any performer-tenacity! now put the other parts together. Maybe I’ll see you onstage one of these days.

Wishing love to everyone, be well and happy and maintain the mystique!

EnFemme

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Sherri Remington
Duchess
Active Member
10 months ago

Congratulations on ten years Triesste, that is not an easy thing to do as a performer. I wish you the best on your July show, hopfully you’ll share with us how it went.

Angela Booth
Member
Trusted Member
10 months ago

Congratulations Triesste. I suppose that we all are performers in homing the art in private then stepping out on that stage presenting ourselves to the public. What are the reactions going to be, how will we go down? It’s all there, the nerves, the good and bad but like troupers we carry on and as the plaudits get better our confidence is such that the performance is worthy of an encore….

Evie Wonder
Duchess
Member
10 months ago

Triesste
I have so much admiration for anyone brave enough to put themselves out there as a performer. Congratulations! And yes, how do we all make the most of the time we have left?
Thanks for sharing
Evie

Dawn Judson
Ambassador
Active Member
10 months ago

Ten years! Wow! WTG, girl!

As I think you know, I’m a performer, too. Occasionally, I have performed as myself rather than him– and it is such a glorious & liberating feeling. I feel like I’m where–and who– I should be.

Thanks for sharing your story!

Best wishes,
Dawn

Amy Myers
Baroness
Noble Member
10 months ago

That is quite the accomplishment, 10 years doing shows, you deserve a huge round of applause! Congratulations!! This comes at an interesting time in my life as in two weeks time I will be making my debut performing as Amy. I’m more than a bit scared at this, and hope I can do a good performance and can keep my nerves under control. I like to perform, but am terrified of it too and now I’ll be up there as Amy. Though the venue is a LGBTQ+ club so acceptance on that level at least is assured. The piece I’m… Read more »

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