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.