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 Brittany H.
” Dear Sydni,
Ever since I saw my first show in October, I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole into that glitter wonderland that is burlesque. Eventually I’d love to perform in a show when I have more experience. I guess my question would be how to break into my first show. I’ve been told some shows require an audition and some a video. What would be the best option?
Thanks for writing in! It seems the answer is pretty clear- you need to audition. Audition as many times as you need to, and the good news is, auditions do nothing but give you more experience, no matter if you are chosen for the job. If you have access to a video camera, start filming your act (rent some dance studio time), get a good edit of it, and send it to shows in your area requesting an audition. If you have some good nerve about you, ask them for constructive criticism. No time to learn like the present to evolve as a performer, and feedback can only assist to make you stronger. While you’re waiting to break into your first show, check out classes that offer a newbie showcases at the end of their series, and find other new performers in your area and ask them how they’re going about things.
Since you’re just starting out, really- newbie showcases and amateur burlesque contests are your best option. Also ask a couple of established performers in your area if they can point you in the right direction of a show or two, and work from the ground up. Offer to stage kitten, sell raffle tickets, and merch and really get the hang of a show before asking to put something on their stage.
No matter what, even if you don’t get on the stage as soon as you want, remember that this should be fun. It can be a lot of hard work, but it’s fun too!
Happy New Year!