Festivals: The Good, The Bad, and the Wrist Slitting Rejection

It’s that time of year again, when applications are sent out, nerves are at an ever sending high, and security levels are fluctuating. What am I referring to? Burlesque Festival season of course!

I’ve come to the realization that burlesque is a lot like acting in many ways.

• We love the stage.

• We are very well aware of our age, body shape, and impeding uniqueness.

• We face rejection- from an audience, from other performers, from producers, and of course from festivals.

I’ve seen classy rejections, as well as facebook blowouts that you just have to grab a bucket of popcorn to watch. But here is my take on festival rejection. Festivals have to have a set standard that is always going up in quality. We want this art to be better each time correct? They want gorgeous costumes, spot on choreography, and a stage presence that will leave everyone on the edge of their seats. Each festival is looking for something different from each girl. It’s always good to research a festival to see what they showcase before applying, much like a job search. Video quality is important, they want to see your face and get a clear vision on what you are presenting to their stage. Sometimes, they want bigger names, as hard as that can be to swallow sometimes.

Not getting into a festival isn’t the end of the world. Sometimes it just means it’s time to work harder at your art. You don’t want to become stagnate anyways. You want to grow and evolve into a great performer. I’ve been rejected, and I’ve been accepted as well. Although it’s a bit of an ego blow when it happens, just remember that you are not the only one. There is always next year. After all, the most inspirational stories are never the ones where everything just fell into someone’s lap. The most inspirational stories are the struggles and what each person did to overcome them until they reached their goal.

Here’s to keeping it classy, and next year!

Oh… and by the way, although I was sent some rejection letters this year,  I was accepted into the Carolina Burlesque Festival! Can’t wait to perform in my home town!!!