COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The race is on for Columbus drag queen Nina West. Season 11 of RuPaul’s Drag Race starts Thursday and Nina will be battling to be America’s next drag superstar. But just being on the show is already a dream come true for Andrew Levitt, the man behind the queen.

“I had auditioned up to this point nine times,” said Levitt. “It almost seemed like the impossible dream. It was like the unattainable. I felt the Don Quixote. Am I gonna get there?”

“I kept producing and kept trying to give them something I thought they wanted. And then all of a sudden, in this last year’s audition tape, the one that was the golden tape, I just did myself.”

Levitt dreamed of being an actor since childhood and sees the show as a spring board for his beloved character Nina West and beyond.

“I want to be in movies. I want to do TV. I want to hopefully go to Broadway, and do a show on Broadway,” said Levitt. “This is 10-year old Andrew having doors open and 40-year old Andrew saying you’re ready.”

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 begins Thursday night at 9pm. For a list of events featuring Nina West and more about Andrew, visit