Michael, the Stoli Guy Fort Lauderdale winner, captivated the audience at the GayCities-produced star search with his oversized origami creation. Guest co-host TP Lords kicked off the night at Village Pub where Michael’s personality, talent and modeling skills garnered him the local Stoli Guy title.
Now Michael 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?
Since I still haven’t mastered my psychic mind control powers, I am currently seeking ways to improve my original talent and make it even more unique and unexpected than before. I hope the viewers will be as entertained as they are surprised.
My friends were thrilled. They immediately wanted to know if there was anything they could do to help me win at the national finale.
Being an LGBT ambassador for Stoli is an exciting job. Why do you think you’d be the best at it?
I am great at making people comfortable and sharing their experiences with me and I’m alway excited to meet new people.
Why do you think being “authentic” is important in the LGBT community?
I believe authenticity is important in all communities, but especially critical to the LGBT community. So many of us spent years hiding who we truly are. Some are still doing so even now. The relief of being honest with others and more importantly yourself is paramount to mental health. I went through some very dark times when I was on the verge of coming out. Being honest didn’t fix things, but it opened the door for me to fix things myself and I’ve never looked back.
To be totally honest I signed up last year for a free Stoli drink (which was delicious by the way). Although I lost in the regional competition I had so much fun I made sure to apply again in 2014. This year the judges moved me forward, and I am thrilled. The whole Stoli and GayCities family has been an incredibly welcoming and comfortable place I will always put them at the top of my list.
Favorite Stoli Guy Cocktail: Boy Next Door (Stoli Blueberi + Lemonade). I’m a sucker for both lemonade themed drinks and the boy down the street with the puppy dog eyes. Not to mention they both taste delicious.