A New Year {A Time to Reflect}

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This year has seen many personal and performance ups and downs. It was a year of change and rebirth in both a literal and figurative way. I am grateful for every experience that came my way, giving me a chance to grow and excel. 

{Drop Dead Dames} It’s never easy starting something new, especially when it involves a group of girls with really big dreams. This last year, we left our former troupe with just a vision, and with the help of each other and a whole lot of love for burlesque, we have made quite an impact on the burlesque scene in San Diego in a very short amount of time. I am proud to be a Dame and even prouder of all of our accomplishments as a troupe. 

{Festivals} I’ve really put myself out there this year, applying to several different shows and festivals while working personally to grow as a performer. I’ve heard many Nos, but have also been given several opportunities to perform abroad. I’ve performed at the Carolina Burlesque Festival, The Great Southern Exposure, Tiki Oasis and the Hollywood Burlesque Festival. Not bad for only giving birth in April. 

{Burlycon} Up until recently, I’ve mostly been a self taught performer. Prior to I was focusing so much on college, that burlesque was only getting about 30% of my effort. Since graduating in March, I’ve dived head first into every learning opportunity that I’ve had to further my burlesque career. Burlycon was an amazing experience and I got the chance to learn and meet many of my burlesque idols. You will definitely see me back in 2014! 

{Brody Vega} I try and keep my stage life separate from my home life, but certain events tend to bleed into each other. Having my daughter was one, especially when I performed onstage 8 months pregnant! The birth of my daughter has taught me to keep myself grounded (which can be an ever fighting battle), enjoy the small things, and be the woman and role model that I hope she will look up to. 

As we close out this year, hopefully with champagne in our hands, let’s open our arms to this coming year and embrace the many adventures it has waiting for us. Thank you for supporting me thus far, and I hope we will continue on this journey together!

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!!!

Early Resolutions for 2013

With 2012 quickly coming to a close, I have begun to eagerly look towards the future. I’ve looked at everything that has happened in just 2012 and find myself excited about what I know I can accomplish. So in the spirit of new beginnings, oh did I forget to mention that I am helping to start a new burlesque troupe, here is my list of things to accomplish in my future!

 

In my burlesque career: 

Perform in every burlesque festival that I have the opportunity to attend

Travel around the world performing on different stages with different performers

Add more bling to my costumes

Make my costumes from acts that I want to develop more polished

Practice more fire spinning

Get out and promote more

Get my troupes name out there, recognized, and in festivals

Do a feather fan dance

Get my site established

Record acts to establish myself

Look at money as a tool, make it work

Become brave enough to sing on stage (might take awhile)

Learn aerial acts

Win a title

Random:

Work with more photographers

Find publications and submit to them

Start freelancing, after all I am a graphic designer 😉

Here is my new troupe by the way! You should go and check them out. The website is still a work in progress, but no worries, I’ll have it up and running asap!

facebook.com/dropdeaddamesburlesquerevue

dropdeaddamesburlesque.com