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Petti LuPone St. Martin

PETTI LuPONE ST. MARTIN | Preston Watson

Meet Preston Watson (aka: Petti LuPone St. Martin).  We posed the following question: What inspired you or led you to your current career?  By day, I am a music therapist. I get the privilege of using music to help people everyday. I have a degree in musical theatre.  So, when I went back to school; I knew I wanted to use music to help people in a more direct way.  At night, I become the infamous: Petti LuPone St. Martin, I get to feed the performer part of my soul and hopefully lift the spirit of others while doing it.

 

QUESTIONS: 

 

 

Q. What is your favorite restaurant in Augusta, and what do you love there?

A.  Luigi’s has a charm to it and their eggplant parmigiana is just delicious.

 

Q. How long have you lived or worked in Augusta?

A.  I moved here with my husband in December ‘2017 and I started my drag journey in October ‘2018.

 

Q. Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in Augusta? Who would you like to see nominated as a Face of Augusta? 

A.  Edgar Franklin Miles or John Smilak.

 

Q. If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?

A.  I would like to go somewhere cooler and out of the country; somewhere like, Vancouver or Toronto.

 

Q. What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theatre?

A.  Drop Dead Gorgeous – It’s hilarious.

 

Q. What advice would you give a crowd of people?

A. Kindness is much easier to achieve than violence. (Also, support your local drag queens and come prepared to tip them!)

 

Q. What is something on your bucket list?

A.  Owning a lake-house

 

Q. What is your favorite music/ 3 bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?

A.  I love musical theatre, Sara Bareilles and pop.

 

Q. What current / former local business makes you the most nostalgic about Augusta?

A.  Sally’s (It was a local watering hole on Walton Way that is eventually; moving downtown.

 

Q. Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative: with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? Where in Augusta would you have lunch?

A.  Elaine Stritch, because I want to know her perspective on life.  I’d take her to Finch + 5th.

 

Q. What is your favorite thing or something unique about Augusta?

A.  All the artistic influence in downtown.

 

Q. Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?

A.  Hopefully, performing regularly and creating shows/events.

 

Q. (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?

A.  I am pretty tender-hearted. I probably shouldn’t say that, but there it is.

 

Q. Can you describe the neighborhood you grew up in?

A.  It was small and rural. I grew up in Northwest Ga in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

 

Q. What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?

A.  (1.) Comfortable (2) Kindness (3) Love and free to be all that I am.

 

Q. If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?

A.  Meryl Streep, I adore her.

 

Q. If you had a full-time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose?  {Chef, Housekeeper, Driver, Coach, Physical Fitness Trainer, or Nanny} WHY?

A.  It would be hard to decide between a Chef, Housekeeper or a Driver.  All of these would give me time to do other things!

 

Q. If you could hold on to one memory from your life forever, what would that be?

A.  Marrying my husband.

 

Q. Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did that person teach you?

A.  There have been many; so,  it’s hard to give a name. At the current moment, I will say my drag mother: Alexiya St. Martin (Chris Harden).  I am learning that life can be enjoyable if you relax and have fun!

 

OUR FINAL QUESTION

 

Q. IF YOU COULD SHARE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

A.  Be true to yourself, even if it’s scary, and never change to satisfy someone else.

 

Thank you Preston. You made my experience easy and comfortable.  To new beginnings.  Friends for Life.

~micki

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