“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”

Experiences.. Iowa Burlesque Festival…

Hold tight, this is going to be a long one and most likely a big jumbly flow of consciousness from my own perspective.

As a 2.5 year old performer (with most of my performances being only in the last year) I have been given great opportunities this year. All of which has made me a more humble human being in all aspects of my life. Without persistence and without asking – you are setting yourself up for failure as a new(er) performer. I have heard a few people say “No one is asking me to perform!” – guess what? That’s not how it works. You have to show you’re working hard, you have to ask and ask and ask, even if you don’t get an answer – be persistent..not annoying.

If you don’t put yourself out there, if you don’t ask, if you don’t submit to festivals or shows – you will never know the answer. Do not be intimidated by anyone – there is no point. Intimidation is a sign of weakness!

This year one of the festivals I submitted to was the Iowa Burlesque Festival. At first I was very hesitant because.. IOWA, but when Dannie pushed me, I did, and I got in. Well, I was wrong about Iowa (damn close-minded Canadians!:) ). What a fantastic fucking place full of fantastic fucking people and fantastic energy. I felt like I had come back to life.

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Artist’s Muse

When I was visiting Ottawa for the Ottawa Burlesque Festival, I had about an hour to spare on Bank St. in the Glebe (I just love saying that name).

I sauntered by this store called the Papery – I am often attracted to stationary stores and I have quite the load of paper at home, you know, just in case there was ever a shortage.. This one was particularly attracting me as I saw a display of amazing (to me!) artwork.

Women’s faces were painted and a veil was placed over their eyes – it was a mixed media painting with the veil being actual fabric. There was another painting that had a leg with a lamp, and on that lamp was actual fringe!

I can’t find a picture of it, but this one is also amazing:

by Debbie Lyall

It turns out that the artist was there that day. As I was looking at some prints of hers to buy, we struck up a wonderful conversation! She is such a wonderful and kind soul of a lady.

She asked me if she could take a picture of the profile and front of my face as she liked my ‘style’ and I said sure, because she was going to create a new painting from my photo. I was so excited!

Last night while I was drifting off to sleep I was thinking about our conversation and the piece of art that would come from it. When I woke up, it was in my inbox and I cried when I saw it. Perfect timing and synchronicity.

Behold… I am in love. She mirrored my red lips, eyes and my red earrings so precisely!

Minnie Peron by Debbie Lyall

Minnie Peron by Debbie Lyall