Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-01-16
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



TV Getting crafty with 'Making It' contestant Jeffery Rudell
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Charlsie Dewey

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Parks & Recreation stars Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman return to TV screens on Tuesday, July 31, with their new reality-competition show, Making It. The show will see eight crafty competitors from across the country compete in arts and crafts challenges over the six-episode series.

Each episode includes two crafts: the short craft, which is a project taking approximately three hours to complete, and a master craft, which takes up to 12 hours. Judges Simon Doonan, creative ambassador for Barneys, and Etsy trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson eliminate a contestant each week.

Jeffery Rudell comes to the show with many years of professional experience in paper crafts. He creates unique items for a variety of clients like Condé Nast and New York Botanical Gardens, having gotten his start with a window display for Tiffany & Co. He is based in New York, where he lives with his husband, Albert.

If Rudell looks familiar, that's because Making It isn't his first foray into reality TV. He was a competitor on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart in 2005, which he admitted wasn't the greatest experience—due to what he said was its cutthroat nature and back stabbing boardrooms.

"Albert said, 'Why do you want to be on another reality show? You didn't love the first one?'" Rudell explained, noting he was initially reluctant to apply to be a contestant.

But he said the draws were Poehler and Offerman as well as the chance to show off his creativity. And, he said the experience was very different from The Apprentice.

"It's a very satisfying thing, and crafts in general. ... The craft community is often a welcome and generous community," he said, adding the show felt more supportive and familial than competitive. "It was hard, but it was a blast—really challenging and exciting."

The show has been compared to The Great British Bake Off in terms of its competitive environment.

Rudell said his husband came around to him being on the show and has been nothing but supportive.

"My husband—where I'm not a huge reality-TV fan—he is a super-fan. He watches everything, everywhere and knows all the contestants. ... Through the whole thing he said I support you, I want this to be good, but don't tell me anything. I don't want to know anything. I'll see it when it comes on TV. It's more real to me if I see it on TV. So he is in the dark about it."

Rudell said the anticipation of watching his husband finally watch him compete on the show when it premieres is both exciting and a little frightening.

He also said he is looking forward to his husband seeing some of the segments where he talks about the importance of family and his husband's family in particular.

"In this show in particular, the crafts are so personal and based on who we are and our point of view. The fact that I was gay came up quite frequently and the producers were both insistent and gentle in saying 'how does this affect your life and how does it affect you and your standing with your new family?'"

While Rudell credits the creative environment of his Midwestern childhood with helping to spark a lifelong creativity and maker instinct—his dad would bring home scraps of material from the paper mill where he worked and instruct Rudell to make things with them—he lost his family at the age of 18 when he came out, upending his entire world.

"My parents had a really bad reaction to learning I was gay—a very extreme and not a normal reaction—but I've learned over the years that it is frequent enough to be tragic. They didn't accept it, they kicked me out and cut off all communication and they maintained it ever since I was 18. It just ended very abruptly."

Rudell said that type of family reaction often leads people down bad paths, but for him, he made the choice to love himself and was able to persevere.

"I committed to being me, that is all I have is me, and when I was 18 that is literally all I had," he said, adding later, "I knew there were more loving and accepting people out there waiting for me and eventually I found them and that is something we should all try to do, but for me, being who I am was the only way to live my life. I was going to be happy and that wasn't going to be dependent on someone accepting who I was."

He said while he knows being the show's out contestant does come with the mantle of representing the LGBT community in people's living rooms, he is really there to represent himself and the life he's made. "I also just have a personal obligation to be myself as much as possible."

See how Rudell fares when Making It premieres at 9 p.m. CT on Tuesday, July 31, on NBC.

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Deborah Cox, awards events, gay singer killed, 'Family Guy' 2019-01-15 - The Sin City Classic Sports Festival presented by Toyota—the world's largest annual LGBTQ sporting event—announced that Grammy-nominated, multi award-winning singer and LGBTQ advocate ...

Gay News

GALECA names Dorian winners 2019-01-14 - GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics—composed of more than 200 gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally entertainment journalists in the United ...

Gay News

GALECA names Dorian nominees 2019-01-08 - GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics has named its nominees for its milestone 10th Dorian Awards for the best in film and ...

Gay News

10 Questions with Vic: Emma Bell 2019-01-01 - Emma Bell has been on so many hit TV shows since the onset of her illustrious acting career on the New York stage ...

Gay News

NUNN ON ONE TELEVISION Dominique Jackson celebrates 'Pose' 2019-01-01 - FX's television drama Pose broke ground again when it was nominated for two major Golden Globes—Billy Porter, who plays Pray Tell, could possibly ...

Gay News

SHOWBIZ 'Will & Grace,' Martina's flub, Nick Jonas, Aretha, '9 Months' 2019-01-01 - The people behind Will & Grace have released a highlight reel featuring some of the show's numerous famous guest stars, noted. "So ...

Gay News

Nicole Maines on playing a transgender hero on 'Supergirl' 2018-12-26 - Windy City Times spoke with Nicole Maines days before the airing of Supergirl's mid-season finale in early December. The actress plays Nia Nal ...

Gay News

10 Questions with Vic: Ed Asner 2018-12-26 - Ed Asner personifies Hollywood at its best. Although he's most closely associated with tough but lovable newsman Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler ...

Gay News

SHOWBIZ Queer As Folk, Kerry Washington, Mariah Carey, Hugh Jackman 2018-12-24 - Bravo is developing a new version of Queer As Folk, Variety reported. Russell T. Davies, the creator of the original British series, is ...

Gay News

10 Questions with Vic: Pauly Shore 2018-12-19 - Pauly Shore first came to our consciousness with his popular MTV show "Totally Pauly," which led to numerous TV and film roles such ...


Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.








About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.