The Golden Goth
When and how did you start performing?
My parents enrolled me in Ballet when I was 3 -which is also the first year I did the Nutcracker as a tiny candy of some type. I was already hooked on the stage as a toddler. I continued with dance and theater performances through grade school. Finally in university I helped start an avant-garde theatre collective and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (separately) - which brought you the weird blend of emotion and provocateur you now see on stage.
When did you get into burlesque, specifically?
I argue Rocky Horror started my burlesque track in college in 2008 with roles as Dr. Frank and as Trixie. More seriously I would say closer to 2015 when I joined SLO Tease and started Cirque des Betes the traveling circus and burlesque troupe.
Where do you find your inspirations?
Everywhere! Generally I tend to source a lot of my material from history & literature & art - I tend to get inspired by what I learn or see in the world around me. I tend to try to infuse my inspirations and myself into one concept - an evocative vignette for the audience to enjoy and dwell on long after its completed.
What advice would you give new performers?
Research and never stop learning.
Do you have a method for creating your numbers? Or is it all madness?
One of my favorite things to do is research - whether its researching legends like Lili St. Cyr and her famous bathtub scene or researching different species of moths, learning more about traditional Satanic cult practices or how to properly challenge someone to a duel - I tend to find something in my readings sparks my interest and then let all the dominoes fall into place from there. And by that I mean - research, research, research! So I suppose method? Some madness.
Do you have a favorite costume piece? What is it?
As of writing this - its a tie between my custom leather garter made be Painfully Yours that I have used for my Show Off Pony piece. And my first Dark Garden costume that I bought during their spring cleaning sale - a teal and pink mermaid skirt and corset that fits like a fairytail. Basically its a tie between my dark side and my light side. Typical.
Who are some performers you admire?
Frankie Fictitious is probably one of my favorite performers ever - she is so brilliant at the infusion of the old and new styles of the art form and her reveals are always brilliant (her Lion act for me was a religious experience). I also truly admire Ava Lure who is able to create absolutely breath taking experiences with her Moth act. Some other performers I have admired deeply: Peter Morningwood, Dahlia Fatale, Wretched Hive, Asteria Atombomb, Muff Jones, Immodest Molly, Arcadia Kane - literally too many performers to count because I feel like everyone I admire has something different to teach or show me.
What do you really enjoy about performing?
The adrenaline you have on stage with the crowd. Everything else just falls away. You are no longer human. You are this other creature.
Do you have a favorite moment from being on stage you can share? It does not have to be from a SLO Tease show!
Whether its my glitter champagne bottle pour, the cracking of a whip, being tied up on stage, or painted - my goal is to always try to be learning and bringing something interesting and provocative for audiences to think about.