I am so very excited to start on a new project… more to come on that soon.
But in my hunt for chair members, I have had some very interesting discussions with some talented burlesque performers of color across the nation. So why are most burlesque performers of color NOT getting the exposure they DESERVE? We are talented, put just as much effort into our routines, and spend just the same amount of hours rehearsing and planning and crafting.
I truly think… NO, I know that there are burlesque performers of color in most major cities that have the talent and the ability to blow folks out of their seats, but yet and still you don’t see them. This is very interesting to me. One of the performers I am working with said this, “Your audience is not their audience.”. Really? Is that the case? Or is it the producers and performers themselves?
Burlesque can be a community, but for the most part it is a group of huge cliques. Yes. I said it. Cliques. Women that join forces and promote EACH OTHER, NOT the community as a whole. Are all performers like this? No of course not. But the ones that you see the most, ARE. Even when performers NOT in their ‘circle’ approach them, they do not work with them.
Promoters and producers are the same way. What does a performer have to do to get booked in a show? Well, it SHOULD be simple.
~Have a good media kit with photos and video
~Try to attend the show you’d like to get booked in
~Approach them in a professional manner
~Put forth your best if you have to audition
Does that work all the time? No, especially if you are of color. For some reason performers of color have to try EVEN harder to get booked. For example, how many performers not of color are working as a full time burlesque performer? Now look at the amount of performers of color who are working as full time performers. Few and far between, right?
I would love to hear others thoughts on this. I have NEVER been a person to look at someones color. I have never played the color card. But since having my eyes opened, it is hard to ignore.