MF: A lot of people want to be a Lucky MF'er. Tell us why you're so lucky.
KC: I guess, I have a lot of good people in my life. I grew up from a divorced family, my mother was a strong woman and she raised me right. I feel blessed that I am able to be here and talk about things that are happening in my life.
MF: Tell me about the projects you're working on right now?
KC: I filmed a show that is supposed to be on VH1, called Games People Play, well actually, they don't have an official title for the show yet. I was in a movie about a year and a half ago called Games People Play. It opened up in a whole bunch of movie markets, it did really well. Check it out, gamespeopleplaythemovie.com.
VH1 took the concept of the movie and turned it into a 1 hour weekly show. They were gonna call it The Game or Extreme Audition so they're kind of undecided and its going through focus groups right now. So I'm waiting for that to come out. I shot an underwear campaign, called Play Underwear.
MF: I have those, love 'em.
KC: That's right that's right! Tell me they are not sick bro! They're hot right? They have women's too. The whole concept is , Jeff Danzer, who was the marketing guy behind 2xist underwear. He teamed up with this company called Intimo and they are launching this new line called "Play". It's myself and Mayte Garcia. Mayte is Prince's ex-wife.
Well let me tell ya, the shoot was really hot.
MF: You are modeling together and everything?
KC: It's her and I. What a great soul, she's a great person. Giant magazine ran a picture this month.
MF: Aside from your modeling your also a huge Tourettes activist.
KC: I signed on to do a national spokesperson campaign for the National Tourrette's Syndrome campaign. They did a big interview with me and they're gonna do some PSA ads. It's basically a picture and a column next to it, basically to inspire young kids and people who have the disorder to be like look there's somebody who is accomplishing a lot of things and moving forward and they grew up just like you did.
MF: What made you decide to come out as a person with Tourrette's?
KC: That's' a good question. In Games People Play I play a guy with Tourrette's, by chance. It's funny, I'm in the audition, and there's a group of people, and he's talking about all these things, and he throws out "somebody with Tourrette's syndrome", and nobody really talks about it. I was blown away because you always hear about the breast cancer, and other cancers, the problem with Tourrette's is, you don't die from it, it's not a fatal disease, but it is a serious thing. It can be very embarrassing and can put a big damper and strain on your life and the things you do. Plus I'm tired of everybody, because they see Deuce Bigalow, and they think that someone with Tourrette's is automatically cursing and swearing. The sad thing about that is how uneducated people are. Only 8% of cases of people diagnosed with Tourrette's have the swearing symptom.
MF: With your case, do you swear?
KC: No. When I was in school I did. (laughter). You know what I'm saying, when I was younger I was bad. I did the first ever NYC celebrity Tourrette's syndrome fundraiser and it was an amazing, amazing success.
MF: Sounds like you're working hard.
KC: When it rains, it pours, it really truly does. So I'm the costar in this feature film now, Dawn of the Dead.
MF: What kind of movie is this?
KC: This is a feature film, it's a spoof on Caddyshack. I gotta be honest with you, it's a really funny, silly, horror movie. Take Scary Movie and The Naked Gun and throw them together. It's one of those stupid, humorous type films, but I really like it.
MF: You're Travis Coleman?
KC: I play Travis Coleman, who is a nice Southern boy from Georgia, his best friend is Sean, and he likes beer, girls, and videogames. Very dopey, but very smart.
MF: So he's like a pothead or something?
KC: No, there's no pot references or anything, he's just one of those "here I am" guys , but then in a crisis situation he snaps into action. He shoots the zombies with his supersoaker and kills them because the only way to kill them is with chlorine. He becomes the hero and he gets the last laugh. It's funny, and this is what I'm working on now.
MF: You also do some party promoting stuff so tell me about that.
KC: I do a lot of weekly party promotions, special events, celebrity events, I do everything. I recently did my birthday party with Randy Jones from the Village People.
MF: Interesting choice, what was that all about?
KC: You know, Randy is a great guy, I call him my Uncle Randy. He's a legend, a disco icon. I've known Randy for awhile, and he's making a comeback in the entertainment business, putting new albums out there. He's got a generation of people that are a great socialite crowd, I mean legendary people, and it's a great mix. I like to be diversified for my parties, whether its gay, straight, drag queens, beautiful girls, beautiful guys, everything. You want to create an atmosphere that people can remember and talk about. For instance for my birthday party I named it the "Fashion Week's Little People and Model's Ball". I had little people, the politically incorrect term is to call them midgets.
MF: Then you've got something going on at Sundance too?
KC: Sundance, yes, I'm going to be working on the new Damon Wayans movie that they're promoting for Sundance. What other events do I have? I did Janice Dickinson's birthday party, I did the Gassineau girls season wrap party at Quo. I just did a Tangle magazine party, their launch issue. Oh and then, this is probably the thing that I'm the most happy about, I have a reoccurring role on Fuse TV, which is The F-List. The show is called The F-List. It's kind of like I Love the 80's , you know you comment on the videos. Actually tomorrow I am going in because they want to audition me for a V-Jay.
MF: You're doing the thing...
KC: Yea, that's what I said! I would love to have that job. That would fit me perfectly. I get along with so many people. I really believe that I could be a big asset for Fuse as well. The press really likes me, they give me a lot of attention, I'm in the gossip columns a lot, I get photographed a lot. I've done some acting stuff so I have my face out there. I think I could be a really good asset to them, as well as be honored to be a part of their station.
MF: How do you stay in shape with your busy schedule?
KC: (laughter). Well, I actually was a body builder, when I was 18 or 19 years old, I was Mr. Teen New Jersey. I did three body building shows, two I placed second, and in the New Jersey State Bodybuilding Championship I placed first, which qualified me for the U.S. Nationals. I was really, really into it. I was going to parties where kids were throwing back beers, and I was having tunafish and ricecakes. I was really regimented and strict. Then I turned 20, and I couldn't compete with the teenagers anymore, and I have the biggest needle phobia in the world, so there was no way I was going to keep doing that. Not that I was going to do it, but there were people in the industry pushing me to go farther with it. I said "no". It's hell on wheels when the Doctor has to give me a needle. Usually I go through this whole song and dance, and then I pass out, and then they give me my shots.
MF: How do you go from Mr. Teen New Jersey, to New York City party boy in the gossip rags?
KC: When I was 20 years old I was in Bryant Park and I got approached by an agent from Nitro Modeling Agency. I looked at his card, and I was like "I'm a tire salesman" and I tossed his card.
MF: Were you really a tire salesman?
KC: Yea, I sold tires for Michelin and I worked for Costco. I loved the job, I loved working there. That was the best job I've ever had. The people were great. So I ended up calling the guy, and I came in, and he booked me for a really big thing for Calvin Klein. I ended up doing Tommy Hilfiger. It was unbelievable. Here I was turning 21, born into a whole life that I could have never imagined. So I did that for a couple of years, 3 years, until about 23, from there it kind of fizzled out. I was going out a lot, and meeting people in the nightlife. You know when you're modeling, you get invited to all these fancy parties. So I was meeting all these people, and I started doing some hosting, nothing big, really just to get my friends in, like 10 friends, and maybe drink for free.
MF: 10 friends, you had an entourage?
KC: Well then it was, now I'm bringing in hundreds. So basically that was happening and I was going to acting school, getting a couple hundred dollars here and there. It really started going further with the weekly promotions. I started doing some good stuff, and new clubs were opening and people wanted me in there. I was bringing in a great crowd, industry people, and I kept in contact with everybody. Then basically what ended up happening was, when I did my movie, Games People Play, the director wanted to do party promotions and get the word out and I started working with his publicity firm at the time and they really opened up doors for me and showed me a lot of things and they started hiring me to do big events. I got a couple of them under my belt and that was it. Then when the disco ball hit me, that's when all the gossip columns started talking.
MF: You got hit by a disco ball?
KC: Oh you didn't hear about this? About two years ago, I was at the Spider club, in New York City. So there was like 5 of us, and two enormous disco balls just fell, just fell, and hit 5 people in the head.
MF: And you were one of the people, were you knocked out?
KC: Yea, not unconscious, I was just really dazed and confused.
MF: So what happened?
KC: I went to the hospital.
MF: Did you sue the club?
KC: It's in litigation. Dude, it's like negligence, and these were literally enormous disco balls, that just fell, out of nowhere. I had to get CAT scanned and I was on medication. It was pretty shitty dude, I couldn't do anything for two months. So that made news everywhere.
Then when I came back what I did was The Keith Collins Disco Ball. That was my first party back.
MF: Smart move.
KC: What I did was, I said "Come and have a ball, and bring your balls." If you have balls, bring them. Basically what that meant was I had everybody bring toys, footballs, baseballs, basketballs, whatever it was, and we donated them to the Big Brothers children's fund.
MF: So you took something that was negative and...
KC: ...Turned it into a positive. So the 2nd annual Disco Ball, that's when I decided I wanted to get involved with Tourrette's. I gotta tell you something Patrick, it was an amazing event. It hit a lot of people. It was a very, very strong and amazing event. So now that's the charity and that's what I'm gonna be doing. So next year will be the 3rd annual Keith Collins' celebrity Disco Ball fundraiser. I'll be doing everything with Tourrette's and raising as much money as I possibly can.
MF: How old are you again?
KC: I'm in my 20's. I'm 28.
MF: My last question for you is, you've accomplished so much from 20-28, where do you see yourself and what will you be doing at 38?
KC: Wow. It's a good question. I have so much going on, I've got my right foot in this, left foot in that, left arm in one thing, right in another. I mean I love the entertainment business, and I absolutely love acting. I would love to go forward with it. It's hard to say, I'm confident as well, and I could see myself doing a lot of movies and stuff, still it ultimately comes down to the casting people.
Event-wise, I see myself having one of the biggest event companies out there. Really it's about being personable, and giving to people. The name of the company is UEMG, Uninhibited Event Marketing Group, and if you look up uninhibited in the dictionary, it basically says a vacation from the monotony of everyday life. That's what I want, I want to show people that they can cut loose at my events, whether it's a celebrity or anyone.