It’s a mantra Raven has now passed down to show business newcomers.
“I did that with all of the contestants on seasons one and two, and that’s also what I tell the contestants on RuPaul’s Drag Race,” she said. “I’ve always held onto that because I don’t think I would’ve been able to do the things I’ve done had I been caught up in what people were saying about me.”
And as much as she would love to focus on the positive messages sent her way, Raven knows it’s unrealistic. That’s why she doesn’t engage in it at all. Instead, advising, “Go about your business, be successful, seize every moment and enjoy what you’re doing now because it could be gone tomorrow.”
It’s something Raven not only preaches but that she puts into practice. After all, she noted that Painted With Raven is more than just a show for her.
“I love doing makeup, I love doing anything in front and behind the camera,” she said. “And to be given a second chance at it is an even bigger deal because that means people liked it the first time.”