I know this isn’t technically burlesque but bear with me.
In the past week I have become completely and utterly OBSESSED with RuPaul’s Drag Race (thanks, Netflix), and weirdly it has given me so much inspiration for my burlesque persona.
I’ve realised that drag is a lot like burlesque in the transformational sense - you watch these average looking men transform into some drop dead gorgeous, graceful and FIERCE women and that is what a good burlesque performer needs to do. Day to day, you can be as dull as you want, but when it comes to show time you need to give it your all and become the most confident version of yourself.
Confidence is still a really big problem for me, I love dancing and pick up routines really quickly but it’s being brave enough to just let go and have fun with it that I’m struggling with. I’m far to concerned with the tiny little details and it plays havoc with my nerves.
I’m a perfectionist, which has it’s good and bad points. Good: I work super hard to lock the routine down. Bad: I get worked up in the details and when I can’t get something I get stressed, but ultimately if you fuck up just keep going, smile and shake that ass. No-one will notice.
One thing I have also learned from RuPaul’s Drag Race is MAKE-UP IS MAGIC. If these men can make their face so beautiful and feminine, then I can do it too. Let’s do this. Time to step up my beauty game.