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When you are looking for a rush that is just like seeing the real thing, there is nothing like our own local Madonna impersonator, Sean Paul! This is one talent that has it all, the look, the smarts, and an interview that leaves you wanting more! ;) We sat down and talked with Sean about being discovered, living the life of an impersonator, and what the future holds. If you wanted to learn more about Sean's inspiration, you came to the right place!
Was Madonna your first
inspiration to get into impersonating? What got you into the field and made you
want to pursue it as a career?
It started as a Halloween gag in 1990. I had
a dream to become Madonna. A friend of
mine who was a well known make-up artist in the Seattle metro area and I decided
to dress me up, bleach my hair and transform me into a dream come true. I was
off expressing myself relentlessly through the night in various nightclubs
across Capital Hill. By the end of Halloween night, I came home with $1,500 in
my pocket with a paid invitation to come back and perform as Madonna the
following weekend. I did, and this is how it all began. This is how I became
Seattle’s Premier Mr. Madonna.
What has been the best part
about going into this field? What are some of the things you have gotten to do
and the people you also have gotten to meet? Give us the dish!
Though I am not a Material Boy, I must confess and live to tell. My very own rags to riches story. I had no idea how lucrative this career would be or what I was in for. I spoiled myself blind, time after time with everything my heart desired. I did not know the concept of price tags anymore. "If I saw it and I liked it, I bought it", no questions asked, no questions answered. I am generally not one to toot my own horn, but meeting celebrities was one of the best parts of being in the professional entertainment business. No matter what country or city you are in, you could never predict whom you just might be sharing the next bathroom stall with. In order to be "in" with the "in" crowd you had to pretend that you didn’t know or care who the celebrity was. The parties never stopped; in fact my life became one continuous non-stop party. It would be unjust, unfair and unprofessional of me to drop names in print, so I won't. OH The stories I could tell by a fire would be unbelievable.
I am sure you get pretty intense reactions when you are all dolled up as the Diva. Can you think of any standout experience? Have you had Madonna fans chasing you down the streets?
I don't ever recall being chased except in
my dreams. Thank god I was being chauffeured. Watching myself on television has
always been an adrenaline rush for me. It's an addiction that I still have to
this day. As a 'Leo' I've always starved for attention. A starvation that I have
succeeding fed on countless occasions! Attending Madonna's Drowned World Tour in
Oakland, Calif. was definitely a good memory. I could not stand or walk within
seconds of having my picture taken over and over and over and over again over
again. They loved me, they worshipped me, touched me, and wanted me, they kissed
me, and they used me like a prop, a prop from some Madonna video. I was the
audience’s opportunity for a moment where one could almost believe they had
met Madonna, Mr. Madonna that is. It left me mentally and physically exhausted
with a satisfaction that was similar to a really long intense orgasm.
Were there other
impersonators who have inspired you? Who do you feel has what it takes (besides
yourself) in the industry?
Viva Sex was my inspiration to visualize
Madonna’s face through mine. His amazing versatility with images of Madonna is
mesmerizing. His energy, which flows through him on stage, is what I tried to
capture from him. Perhaps better described as the aura that radiates off of him
transforming his persona into the Material Girl. You cannot only feel it, but
you can see it. I've seen many great Madonna Impersonators but it is the few
that have given me this feeling. The feeling that makes one believe for that
moment while on stage that you’re seeing the real thing.
You recently did a fantastic
performance of “American Life” for the Madonna birthday party in Portland,
Oregon. What was that like to put on and have you done a lot of Madonna events?
Breaking my virginity in Portland was great. My first time ever by surprise. I've been to many cities across the United States but was never lucky enough to make it to Portland. The Madonna Party was very fun. I had an opportunity to work with some very talented people. I'd love the opportunity again and I'm inspired for chances to perform new material and looks.
Have fans inspired your
work? How do you get a look or show idea put together and how much of that is
influenced by fans?
A sense of accomplishment overwhelms me when I see a fans expression of sincere gratitude for my presence, performance and costume. Usually it’s just the fans that really appreciate what I create. There is a major difference between applause from an average crowd compared to a crowd of screaming Madonna fanatics. I would have given up long ago if it weren’t for the fans and not just Madonna's fans, my fans as well. It's amazing how supportive people can be towards you. Always there for my shows when others may not have been. Always there to help. These people are my fans and without them I'm nothing. My biggest fan is my Mother.
Sean's newest look!
advice you have for future impersonators? What should they do if they are
looking to get into the business?
Sean Paul, Mr. Madonna
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