Stripper Talk #7: Break into Boylesque?

Author of Stripper Talk, Sydni Deveraux

Hello world! It’s Stripper Talk time again! This is a place where I field questions and answer them to the best of my ability, hopefully giving anyone who’s interested in burlesque some insight.

This week’s question comes from D. Xavier:

” What advise can you give a guy thats trying to break into the burlesque scene?”

Hi D. Xavier!

Congratulations on wanting to join the ranks of some of the sexiest men on the planet. I’ve been in wonderment of many of the boylesque sensations performing all over the world, and here in Seattle, Washington, you wouldn’t believe the scene here- it’s dripping of wonderful testosterone. We have, to name just a few, Waxie Moon, The’Luminous Pariah, Paris Original and frequent traveller from Portland, Russell Bruner.

To answer your question, I would advise a lot of research to begin with. There are a lot of ways to break into the boylesque community, and it’s very entwined with the burlesque community, all over the globe. If you don’t know of any boylesque performers in your area, I would ask a lady in the scene to introduce you to a few, and then you need to get cracking! Take burlesque classes, as a lot of the principles are the same- the art of striptease needs no gender, just a lot of sexual energy and a good sense of humor. Write inquiry emails to boylesque stars all over the nation and if there’s a man dancing in your area, why don’t you ask him for lessons or, if you hit it off very well- some mentoring?

Boylesque isn’t all that new, it’s just emerging more as time goes on and the burlesque (all gender identifications and types) scene gets bigger and bigger. You’ll find if you continue your quest and go to festivals that there are more boylesque figures that you can shake your *ahem* at!

Most importantly, you need to get your own style, pick a name that best reflects you, and work hard. Work on movement, character, getting your costumes to appropriately reflect your persona, and then get out there. Perhaps start by asking to help out with a show as a stage hand, get to know your fellow strippers, and also see if there are some newbie showcases in your area or surrounding areas. Whatever you decide to do, be humble, be kind and ask a lot of questions.

It’s an emerging part of our burlesque history and there are a lot of boylesque stars that love to talk about the art. If you have a chance, you should check out Tigger! (he teaches!) the first ever King of Boylesque 2006 (with the Burlesque Hall of Fame www.burlesquehall.com)

Here’s some of my favorite boylesque moments that are found on YouTube:

Best of luck to you!

xo
Sydni Deveraux

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Stripper Talk #6: I’m not getting paid my rate

Author of Stripper Talk, Sydni Deveraux

Hello world! It’s Stripper Talk time again! This is a place where I field questions and answer them to the best of my ability, hopefully giving anyone who’s interested in burlesque some insight.

This week’s question comes from a performing friend who would like to remain anonymous: 

Hey Sydni,

I would like to remain anonymous.
I haven’t been performing nearly as much this year because most of the shows in (withheld to protect) won’t pay me my rate.

In previous blogs you’ve written about NOT performing for anything less than your rate for several reasons.

I find myself performing less and less because I refuse to be paid $25.
I’m kind of at a cross road between not performing hardly at all because no one  will pay me my rate or performing for WAY less than I deserve because if I don’t, I rarely get to let my caged burlesque animal out. I’m not really finding any middle ground.
I realize the economy is bad but my rate is not outrageous.

What do you think?

Thanks,

Anonymous

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Stripper Talk #5: Burlesque and Family

Author of Stripper Talk, Sydni Deveraux

Hello world! It’s Stripper Talk time again! This is a place where I field questions and answer them to the best of my ability, hopefully giving anyone who’s interested in burlesque some insight.

This week’s questions come from two ladies who seem to have something in common!

“Hey Miss Sydni,

First off I just want to say that I have been soaking up all your advice and admiring all that you do since I met you at the Vancouver burlesque fest this past May 🙂 Since I’m such a tall girl myself im glad I can have a Glamazon like you to look up to in the burlesque community. 🙂

Now here is my question. How do you (or how did you) deal with and talk to family members that STRONGLY opposed to your choice to become an burlesque entertainer? I’ve hit that road block already so early in my burlesque life, that I’m already discouraged. I have fallen so madly in love with burlesque that I wish my family would understand and try to see my point of view. I feel like I am Juliette and that burlesque is my Romeo. Forbidden love *le sigh*

Warmly,
Coconut”

and

Hello Mrs. Deveraux,

 I am a very big fan of vintage 40’s and 50’s everything!  Which lead me into the world of burlesque and I have been taken in by it’s beauty, grace and freedom.  So much so I want to be a performer, I have gone so far as to connect w/ the burlesque community in my area, find and attend shows and even find classes to start working on the craft.  However I was raised in a religious household that would not be too fond of that career choice.  Do you have any advice or could provide some clarity to my situation?  I really would appreciate any input, thank you.

B.Merri

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Stripper Talk #4: how do I approach a producer?

Author of Stripper Talk, Sydni Deveraux

Hello world! It’s Stripper Talk time again! This is a place where I field questions and answer them to the best of my ability, hopefully giving anyone who’s interested in burlesque some insight.

This week’s question comes from last weeks inquisitor Atlanta Summer, from Seattle WA: 

“As a hobbyist and a soloist (not a troupe member), I’d love to get in on shows that have “special guests” but I have no idea how to start, how to approach a producer (occasionally not even WHO to approach), how to be noticed and get on the performance radar. Do you have advice?”
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