ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Jessica Wild is in Houston prepping for a show.
The makeup process has taken more than two hours, which is actually faster than when she first started performing.
Despite all that needs to be done before a show, Wild looks forward to those moments on stage when she has won the audience over.
“I’m always searching for the perfect moment,” she says. “There’s nothing like being on stage.”
Wild, born José David Sierra in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been performing drag for years.
She is known for her energetic shows, which has helped build a loyal audience.
But it wasn’t until Wild won an online vote to become a cast member on the second season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” back in 2010.
She eventually finished in sixth place.
Though she didn’t win, Wild has pushed her career into various directions and found success.
“It’s like Ru says – it’s about what you do after the show,” she says. “I’ve been fortunate to have a career doing what I love.”
In addition to being on “Drag Race,” Wild has also performed on the Puerto Rican TV program “Objectivo Famppa” and appeared on Telemundo and the show “No te Duermas.”
“I love performing,” she says. “Being on stage is wonderful.”
Another perk to having her name known is that Wild is a point of inspiration for many.
She is humbled when people tell her stories of perseverance.
“That’s the biggest gift,” she says. “I am performing my art and passion. When someone is inspired by what I am doing, it makes me feel like I’m making a difference in the world.”
Wild would also like to collaborate with more people on music, because she had great working relationships with Jennifer Lopez and Miley Cyrus.
To date, she has released two albums – 2011’s “You Like It Wild” and 2013’s “Absolutely.”
“I’m focused on making new music,” she says. “I’m never satisfied, and I always want to move forward.”
Nearly six years after doing the show, Wild never imagined that her life would be like this after competing on the reality show.
“I was a fan of season one,” she says. “This was the first season on Netflix, and was the first to be seen around the world. When I was on the show, my social media just exploded and I realized how serious of an impact this was going to have on my life.”