I fell in love with burlesque from the first show I saw, which was The Kitten Club. The freedom given to women to explore their full personalities, and control their creative destinies for me is unrivalled in any other art form.
As a soloist it can get lonely, that’s one of the reasons why I love running House of Burlesque as I’m constantly surrounded by people and performers I adore. People who can’t keep the diva for on the stage only.
Do your research, the burlesque revival is well established now and it’s very frustrating to see people coming up with the same obvious ideas simply because it hasn’t occurred to them to check it’s already being done. If you are new to burlesque and you’ve come up with an “new” idea without researching it, the chances are it’s already been done to death. There are some standard concepts you can work within, but make sure your interpretation is unique and different, but as a producer as well as a performer what excites me is seeing something fresh.
Being able to bring an idea from scratch onto the stage and receive immediate audience feedback. Also being around other creative artists putting together truly inspirational work and being inspired by their energy and intelligence.
Gypsy Rose Lee; she was talented, funny, fascinating and a killer businesswoman.