But Porkchop’s elimination spelled trouble in her real life. When she returned home to North Carolina, she was confronted by the owner of Legends, a gay nightclub in Raleigh that she worked at, who told her that she had made a mistake by appearing on the show, and eventually fired her. “He told me that I had made a horrible career decision, that it was going to be the worst thing I'd ever done,” she says. “So no, my RuPaul experience initially was not positive.”
Over the next few years, life wasn’t easy for Porkchop. She moved to Los Angeles in search of auditions and opportunities to do more television. But she says that Drag Race, at the time, was still seen as just another silly reality television show that wouldn’t break through to key audiences, including the gay community.
Part of the show’s struggle for its first three seasons, Porkchop says, was that it didn’t have to support of the national pageants, like Miss Gay America, Miss Gay USofA, or Miss Continental. “None of the national promoters wanted to accept the show, because that would be reaching into their pockets and taking money from their income,” she says. “And so, the first two or three years of the show were an uphill battle.”
But something changed in 2012. When the fourth season of the show aired, Porkchop noticed a demonstrable shift in the way that people talked about Drag Race. Maybe it was the new cast of characters, maybe it was increased production value. But one thing is for sure to Porkchop — season 4 is where the show became what it is today. “People really found out about it and really started enjoying it — that's when things turned around,” she says. “And when things turned around, they turned around forever it seemed.”
Suddenly, Porkchop was attending red carpet events for the show (and subsequently being famously called on by RuPaul during events), getting photographed by some of the best photographers in the country, traveling around the world to perform and even dancing on stage with Miley Cyrus at the 2015 VMAs. It was a dream come true.
But still, Porkchop wants the chance to get to show America exactly what it is she’s capable of, which is why she’s been publicly vying for a spot on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. She confirmed that she is not one of the queens appearing in All Stars 4, much to her own disappointment. “I'm taking this opportunity to once again ask [the producers]: what are you waiting for?” she said. “What have I got to do, stand on my head and do drag? I don't get it!”