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MAY 13, 2023

"I am so very excited to enter the competition for Mr Gay Missouri America 2023.  It has been several years in the making to bring myself to the stage as a competitive lead entertainer, and planning for months on my platform by which I may better serve the community.  As someone that has seen the challenges of mental health, facing anxiety, and depression, my hope is to open our communities across Missouri to the conversations and dialogue about mental health struggles within the LGBTQ+ community and address these challenges through engagement and volunteerism.  Now more than before our community can stand against the oppression imposed by politics and demonstrate love, compassion, and empathy toward each other.  The time is now to "come out" and share our stories, and to come together for the greater good of Missouri."



This category allows contestants the opportunity to engage with the judging panel selected in a professional setting.  During this timed connection, contestants introduce themselves, and are acclimated to the judging panel on a more personal level, while being evaluated for appearance, and answer content.

Contestants are given up to seven minutes on stage to showcase their abilities to entertain the audience, without the use of liquids, fire, or live animals.  Contestants often choose ballads, theatrical performances, routines with choreography, or even live performance.  Absolutely no tipping of contestants may be done during their performance.

Red Carpet Fashion

On Stage Question

As the music turns up, this is the chance for gentlemen to pose for up to 90 seconds for the judging panel to see what they can present on stage for a classier appearance.  There is modeling, and showcasing garment selection that compliments their figure.

This thrilling part of the contest is a chance for contestants to answer a posed question on stage for the judges to evaluate public speaking ability, and content in the moment.  This can be an intense moment for contestants, so the audience is particularly silent to allow the contestants to focus on their answer delivery.

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My Story

Growing up in rural Missouri, I always had a passion for performance.  In school I was actively part of choir and theatre, and emphasized my creative talents within publications.  After graduating from a rural high school (Peculiar, MO), I found myself professionally working in sales.
In 2011 I began to explore my passion for stage performance, and within a year was on stage performing as a female impersonator.  While I appreciated the art and aesthetic, I found myself creatively embraced to the experiences behind the scene, the creative side of concocting beautiful advertising visuals, and administratively operating the back stage with set lists, lineups, and managing a Tuesday night karaoke experience for nearly a year.  I told myself something that I share with others to this day, "Fiind value in what you bring to the community of artists, not only on the stage, but off as well.  Your legacy will appreciate you more"  

By 2013 I began a visual design business, consulting with regional entertainers, and hit it big time in 2016, gaining a creative partnership with a client, that has invited me to return year after year to creatively consult with the Miss Gay America pageant.  I was enthralled, and soon after plans were made to bring back the All-American brand as Mr Gay America.  For 3 years I was able to consult with male lead entertainers, and found myself entranced by the challenge of entertaining as you are, without hiding behind the makeup, wigs, padding, and beyond that are needed to successfully pull off a female illusion in so many instances.

After working as a promoter, a dresser, as part of a talent ensemble, as well as serving as a brand advisor and consultant to the longest running pageant in female impersonation history, I am ready to lead by an example of perseverance to capture my dream of being the next male lead symbol of excellence for the Show Me State.

Meet The Team

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Feel Free to Join my sponsors list up to May 7, and be included in the excitement
of this journey to Mr Gay Missouri America 2023.

Thank You.

                                                        Dan James

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