It’s that time of year where you sit down, still feeling somewhat portly from all that Christmas roast, and you write out a list of promises to yourself that you staunchly set out to stick to but many of which fall by the wayside early in the new year. But what about burlesque resolutions? Whether it’s your hobby or your profession, now is an excellent time to sit down and think back over what you’ve achieved before looking to the year ahead. Where do you want to be this time next year? Who do you want to be? And most of all, what can you get out of 2015 as your best burly year yet?
We’ve put together a list of potential burlesque resolutions to get you started off. If you have any of your own, we’d love to hear them!
1. Review the last year and set goals for next year
This is a pretty good place to start. Take a look back at your diary for the last year. How many shows have you done? What was the calibre of the shows? What have you achieved? What new acts have you done? How were these received by the audience? How could they be improved? Have you won an award? How can you build upon these things next year? Set yourself achievable goals throughout the year and keep coming back to these.
2. Dedicated rehearsal time
Depending on how big a part of your life burlesque is, you may or may not spend as much time rehearsing as you’d like. If you don’t have regular access to a studio or space, it can be easy to fall into the trap of just doing a few run-throughs prior to a show, possibly without even being in costume. While this can often be fine (particularly if it’s an older act which you can practically do in your sleep) it’s well worth it booking yourself into a studio with mirrors every now and again, just to hone your shapes and poses and perfect that showgirl style!
3. Improving makeup skills
YouTube is a huge source of inspiration when it comes to stage make-up. With tutorials on everything from vintage visages to beautiful body-painting to dramatic drag queen makeup, if you’re looking to improve your makeup technique or learn a new trick or two, set aside some time to check out some online tutorials and have a go at them yourself. Remember, practice makes perfect!
4. Learn a new performance skill
This is something that’s on the never-ending to-do list of many performers but often gets bumped in favour of more urgent tasks. If there’s a particular skill you’ve admired for a while but never had the time to give it a shot, make 2015 the year that you take the plunge. Depending on the level of skill required, you could be looking at months or years of training and improvement, so there’s no time like the present to get started!
5. Revamp that old costume you’ve been meaning to do since… forever!
It hasn’t been used in a good couple of years. It’s been gathering dust at the back of your wardrobe and every now and then you spy it, when you’re getting another costume out. “Oh, that was a great costume!” you think. “I do miss the way it used to look / feel / shimmer / come off etc etc”. You’ve been thinking of revamping it, or maybe using it in a new act but just haven’t got round to it. Dig it out, dust it off and get inspired! Why shell out for another new costume, when you’ve got something perfectly good that’s just waiting to sparkle onstage!
6. Get that new routine done
Much like the old costume, it’s an idea that’s been on a back-burner for a while but you’ve never acted upon it. You might have a piece of music in mind, a theme, an imagined costume. Whatever it is, make a conscious decision to get on with it. Set yourself a deadline, break it down into smaller goals and get that glitter ball rolling!