Well, this advice isn’t just limited to burlesque.
Just some tid-bits gained on my way through my journey. Thanks to all that helped, suggested and taught me these.
- Cut off your labels. They show up, they are usually white. They make your costume look cheap.
- Get the sheer to waist pantyhose. Audiences can see gussets or the funny knickers part of pantyhose. Ambra brand makes these (Green packet). Look on the back of the packet to see if they are truly sheer to waist, gusset-less one. If you have awesome legs, then you don’t need them. Fishnets are good too.
- During your performance, find the light. You may have plotted and choreographed your whole routine, but if you arent in the light, the audience cant see you. Make the most of tech rehearsals to find out where the best light is and try to stay there. Yes the lights will blind you, that’s how you know you are in the right spot.
- Your hair and jewellery are part of your costume look.
- If you are doing an act to two songs that are run one after the other. Try to have them as ONE track for the techie. There is lots of inexpensive software that can do this. Also mention it to the techie if there is a quiet pause in the middle of your song, that way they wont turn the music off just as you are launching into the finale of your act.
- Be respectful and polite to other folk also working at the gig. They are all stressed in their own way. See last post on Manners for more detail.
- Mention your act clean up to the show Producer, particularly if it’s messy.
- Lights, if you are able to choose your colour lights. Stagelightingprimer. com says “Never assume how a fabric or paint color will interact with a lighting color. The colors in paint and fabric may be made up of various individual pigments and dyes, and these all will react differently to colored light. ” Lighter fabrics will ‘pop’ better with light, as opposed to black which can look a bit flat. Think about the mood of your piece, and go from there. Slightly blue light gives a ‘daylight’ effect, slightly yellow/red more of a sunshine feel.
Thanks to Amy Jansen-Leen