You will never find a more Wretched Hive of Bum and Villainy
When and how did you start performing?
Started piano at the age of 7, then Euphonium at 9, only to follow a long journey in the world of music and accompaniment - ranging from classical to jazz, theater to competitive brass bands, studio accompanist to international drum corps champions.
When did you get into burlesque, specifically?
2010 back with SLO Tease in the early "Z Club" Days
Where do you find your inspirations?
Books, music, art, gaming, circus, other amazing performers - really anything that interests me has the potential to work its way into a piece as inspiration.
What advice would you give new performers?
Shed the weight of "what ifs" and "I cants" as early as possible - Future You will be so happy to have come so far in so little time.
Do you have a method for creating your numbers? Or is it all madness?
Cast the bones and read the runes - otherwise complete madness until a piece clicks. And once a piece clicks, it clicks so hard that people have to look up what magnitude of earthquake just rumbled outward from the epicenter of creativity.
Do you have a favorite costume piece? What is it?
Zeus eyebrows. It brings me and everyone around me so much joy to see and feel them waggle about.
Who are some performers you admire?
More than I can list, but the cheesy answer is that I admire at least one thing about every performer.
What do you really enjoy about performing?
That one person who GETS you. They may never meet you, they may never even cheer loud enough to be heard. That one person who doesn't just enjoy the show/act/number because it's sexy, fun, or entertaining - but understands exactly what is going on, right down to the last Easter Egg and loves every second of it.
Do you have a favorite moment from being on stage you can share? It does not have to be from a SLO Tease show!
A group of some of my closest performer friends and I had the absolute honor to perform a Game of Thrones inspired burlesque piece for none other than George R.R. Martin himself - and were able to rush our scaly dragon (and Khaleesi!) selves out to greet him immediately after the show. So wonderful. So surreal.