My plan as a teenager was to become an actress, but I joined a Circus company age 16 and my life then took a different course! Twelve years ago there was only three Burlesque shows in the UK and no YouTube, Facebook etc. so it was very about much finding my feet and creating my own style of performing and running with it!
As a self employed person, I face the same issues as many others! How to sell your product to the wider market, how to keep interesting and current, where is the next pay cheque coming from? etc. But the benefits of being my own boss outweigh the negatives! As for the Burlesque scene itself, it is actually hugely supportive and positive towards performers. Performers tend to stick together and have each others backs! Of course when you put your body on display for a living then you are going to get some negative comments, but I try to brush them off and focus on all the good points of the performance/event/image etc.
Work hard, do your research (copycatting is not cool), practice and grow your skills (you can ALWAYS learn more!) and
most importantly be PROFESSIONAL!! Time keeping, preparation and manners all go a long way in this industry!
It is one big family! I have met some of my best friends and even my Husband through working in Burlesque!
It is also so rewarding to be able to do a job you love and have full control over your creativity!
Of course! Too many to mention! My golden era icon is “Zorita” as she was not only a beautiful and successful performer (1940’s-50’s) but also a tough and savvy business woman and producer. I also love how alternative she was even back then and I adore her dark and edgy style, she has inspired many elements of my performances/styling!