A Day In The Life: Jessy Oldham (a.k.a. Mad. M. Moxie)
Jessy Oldham, Mad. M. Moxie
Where did you grow up?
Lake City, MN, though I was a foster child who bounced around a bunch.
Where do you live?
I now live in Minneapolis.
Who do you live with?
I have one roommate.
What is your occupation?
I do drag shows, make costumes, do stand up and teach burlesque lessons. I work for myself, but my boss is crazy.
When did you come out?
I came out pretty early in life, about 11 or 12.
How’d that go?
It seemed to confuse my mother, my sisters were quite accepting. I had an uncle who used to
beat the living hell out of me pretty regularly for being femme. This went on for a few years.
When do you wake up?
I have a horrid sleep cycle, so whenever I open my eyes.
Phone alarm or old school alarm?
I live by a school, so do loud kids count?
By the gallon.
Cream or no?
No, I like my coffee how I like my magick.
How do you spend your commute?
Trying to find whatever I want to work on that day.
If your job were like a yearbook, what would you be voted? (Class clown, best dressed, most
Most likely to die an early death.
What inspires you?
Sometimes life openly and unabashedly sucks. I find inspiration in finding ways to counter that. If I can bring someone joy, that too inspires me.
Do you eat your lunch while working or take a break?
I just like eating.
Is your work space tidy or a hot mess?
Much like me, my work space is a hot mess.
What’s been your favorite job?
Who are your heroes?
Elvira, Morticia, Leslie Hall, Blondie, and so many more.
Favorite weeknight meal: Go out, take out, or cook in?
Most embarrassing moment:
One time at a show I accidentally took some LSD. I was tripping so hard and trying to act like everything was fine. I ended up doing the whole show, and on my way backstage I fell in front of all the other queens and popped one of my breasts.
On a usual weeknight, you are doing what?
Stuffing my face, playing video games, writing, or singing to piss off the neighborhood.
When I pass out.
Favorite weekend activity:
Spending time with my friends and loved ones.
What are you most proud of and why?
I made it this far, I have seen a lot of pain and abuse in my life. I have a driving force inside to
help others see their strength too.
Words of wisdom to share:
Sometimes life will give you the best hand, and you will still lose.
Sometimes life will give you a terrible hand, and you can still win.
Sometimes life will hold out your hands, and just poop in them.
But even still, it’s your choice to grow a flower.