"Don't tell me what to do, unless you want to get spanked."
When and how did you start performing?
Decades ago. My parents put me in ballet at age 3, and I was hooked. I was part of a dance company and performed and competed until I was about 16.
When did you get into burlesque, specifically?
In 2008 I auditioned to be a part of a group based in Austin called the Southern Sirens. We would not go town into pasties, and would not always have reveals, but there was an element of the strip tease there.
Where do you find your inspirations?
Movies and music mainly.
What advice would you give new performers?
If something does not go as planned during a performance, never let it show. If a costume piece gets stuck, make it part of your act or let it be. If you forget your steps, just keep moving. The audience will never know if you don't let them!
Do you have a method for creating your numbers? Or is it all madness?
I usually start with improving to the song that I choose. It helps get an idea of how my body wants to move to the song. From there, I start choreographing. It does not always come easy to me, so a lot of time is spent locked in my room listening to the song over and over driving myself crazy. But hey, it's all part of the process!
Do you have a favorite costume piece? What is it?
I made a feather headpiece for a number that I love. It's not perfect yet, but I hope to keep adding to it to make it better. It's suppose to resemble Salma Hayek's headpiece from her dance scene in From Dusk till Dawn.
Who are some performers you admire?
My fellow performers, Miss Donna Hood, Seresespieces, Jake Dupree, Mila Spigolon. There are more i'm sure, but I'll stop there.
What do you really enjoy about performing?
I still get nervous before every performance, but then that turns into such a rush once I start performing. I love the feeling of being on stage and the endorphin high get feel afterwards.
Do you have a favorite moment from being on stage you can share?
Performing with a live band on stage when I was in Austin. It's such a different feel than performing to track music, and so much fun!