When I was a child I watched a lot of old Hollywood movies with my Mother and Grandmother and I was drawn to the vintage clothing and makeup. That was my first taste of Burlesque – my second taste was at a Shadow Cast of Rocky Horror Picture Show. They have a performer, “Trixy”, at the beginning of the movie come out and do a striptease to the lips. In the intro my good friend was the “Trixy” and suggested I try my hand at burlesque
Affording the costumes – rhinestones, feathers and sequins are VERY expensive but worth it to add that element of whimsy on the stage.
Educate yourself on the history – it’s important to respect the performers who came before you. Remember that you have to pay your dues and take the opportunity to embrace the burlesque community.
The community – I’ve met so many men and women that I consider at this point to be my family. They’re so willing to help me and support me I will forever be grateful.
I have a few, Dita, of course, was my first hero. At her show I met Perle Noire, who had a very athletic body like mine and really made me feel represented in the community and gave me that extra push to try it out myself. Finally Kitten and Lou – its always an honour to be able to see them perform live. They put EVERYTHING into their numbers and deliver the most immaculate element camp in everything they do.