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Tantrums and Tiaras contestant profile: Colin Wood of Rich's Nightclub

(Editor's note: "Tantrums and Tiaras: Battle of the Bar Queens 2016" returns on Sunday, Feb. 21 at Observatory North Park. The show is an over-the-top drag competition where representatives from some of the community’s bars with little or no drag experience compete for the crown. The event benefits the programs of The San Diego LGBT Community Center. Leading up to the event, we will profile the five contestants, but you'll have to buy tickets and go the show to find out their drag name and see them in full make-up! More information and tickets can be purchased HERE. View the other contestants we've profiled this year HERE.)

Contestant Name: Colin Wood

Age: 33

Bar Representing: Rich’s nightclub

First time in drag?

Yes! Yeah. Sure. Let’s go with that. :-)

Tell us a bit more about yourself.

Oh man, where do I even start? Hiking. Yes! That’s like the new gay equivalent of ‘long walks on the beach,’ right?

I like to hike. And camp, but nothing crazy. Being outdoors in the woods, anything with a waterfall, tall trees, and lots of greenery. So basically I’m moving to Portland if I lose this competition. I may or may not have been spotted floating down a river in a raft taking shots of tequila and dancing to Disney music this past summer. Same with the summer before that one.

I’m a native to San Diego, I grew up wakeboarding and skateboarding as a kid and probably don’t go as often as I should anymore. As for my personality, I really tried to ask a couple of my friends for help on this part but apparently they’re only able talk about me behind my back so I wasn’t left with much. Capable of love, caring, sarcastic, goofy, and a good motivator (read: enabler). I’m proud of the person I’ve become, ashamed of a few of the things I’ve done in my past, but mostly just can’t wait to see the person I’m still growing into.

What are you most excited about?

The first thing that comes to my mind is that I can’t wait to get drunk afterwards with my friends in this ridiculous outfit. I have no idea what personality Colin will have when he becomes a blacked-out drag queen—its both exciting and terrifying. Like meeting a twin that I was separated from at birth or something. But once the vision of the larger than life hangover starts to follow, I realize that I’m terrified. Maybe this is actually my answer for the next question then!?

I’m most excited about being able to introduce all of my friends to Tantrums, I feel I have so many that have never been. I know their attendance will translate into awareness of exactly how much The Center does for the community, and how important these events are to help fund all of the amazing things its able to accomplish. And maybe a new pair of heels for Ian at The Center, rumor has it he’s been wearing the same ones since he started hosting tantrums. Poor thing.

What makes you most nervous about competing?

Nothing. I’m an only child, so I’m used to getting all of the attention. If anything I’m just gonna be annoyed with all of these other girls running around the stage and getting in my way.

Why are YOU going to win Tantrums & Tiaras?

Honestly, because these other girls aren’t going to even make it up on stage. By the time this interview goes to print I’ll have already hog-tied one to the Hillcrest sign and the rest will most likely be found sometime after the show’s over. Just depends on when the smelling salts arrive, I suppose.

Closing thoughts

So much. But I apparently we all have the attention span of a goldfish these days so I’ll show some restraint. Be thankful for the things you are given in life, not envious of the things you weren’t. Be mindful of others feelings, be careful with the hearts of those who entrust you with theirs, remember that nothing is forever and practice kindness. Giving is almost always more rewarding than receiving. I don’t claim to practice all of these things all the time, but these are all things I try to remind myself of every so often. :-)

As much fun as all of us will have with our interviews and the show, and as bad as its going to be for these other girls to lose, it’s important to remember this is a FUNdraiser for The Center. Come to enjoy the performances, but please come ready to give back to the community by making a donation before, during, or immediately after the show.

Purchase tickets to Tantrums & Tiaras HERE.