Jon, the Stoli Guy Chicago winner, took the stage at Market Days for the GayCities-produced star search and showed a more sensitive side. Using heartwarming messages written on cardboard signs, he captivated the crowd, co-host The Pricess and judges Richie Rich and Traver Rains of Heatherette with his uplifting song about why he deserved to be the authentic, inspired, original Stoli Guy.
Now Jon is getting ready to travel to New York City for the national finale. Will he be the one to claim the $10,000 prize?
Can you give us a little teaser of what your original talent showcase will be at the finale on September 18?
I’m keeping my showcase simple and sweet, I will be “yours” on that stage!
Have you been to New York City before? If so what are your favorite places?
I have never been to New York City, I’m sure I’ll get lost at least once! Maybe there will be someone to show a cute guy around 😉
They were all so supportive before and after. I think most of them were crying more than I was from excitement! ….yes I cried, but only a little!
Being an LGBT ambassador for Stoli is an exciting job. Why do you think you’d be the best at it?
I have a great ability to make people feel very comfortable and at ease when I’m around them. I think it’s from growing up in a small town. You definitely get a sense of your neighbor in a town like mine. I don’t pass a single person without throwing a wave or a smile their way. Whether I’m in a big city like New York or not, that doesn’t change. I’m me no matter what!
Why do you think being “authentic” is important in the LGBT community?
The LGBT community has seen its ups and downs. And growing up in this community, you never know what someone might think of you, say, or do to you, once they find out you are a part of it. That uneasiness is where authenticity comes in to play. Everyone wants a trusting and caring person in their life who can handle themselves in any situation. In my eyes an “authentic” person is someone to count on, to lend a hand, or to ease someone’s worries.
The people around me in my hometown actually played a big part. Almost everyday I’m humbled by a comment, a gesture, or a kind word in my community. One thing that is a constant with me is how true I am and guess I always thought I would be a great person to represent a company like Stoli. I just never thought I would actually get a chance at it! Most other pageants/competitions they just want a pretty face. Stoli wants you to continue inspiring the community and to take pride in who you are!
Favorite Stoli Guy Cocktail: Boy Next Door (Stoli Blueberi + Lemonade)