Beating the Burlesque Blues: Part 2

Welcome back to our mini-series on beating the burlesque blues. If you caught last week’s blog, we talked about sources of inspiration and how to go about rekindling your passion for the art form if you find yourself stuck in a rut. This week, we’re continuing the positive vibe and looking at other ways to find your focus once again.

1. Dealing with Feelings of Negativity
Burlesque, for all its happy-go-lucky reputation, is not always shiny and rosy. There are a number of things that can cause feelings of negativity when working in burlesque (anything from performer rivalries to audience or reviewer critique) but how can you deal with such feelings? It can be tricky and, especially if you’re feeling alone or isolated, negative comments or situations can really bring you down.
If there’s a rift in the scene and you’re not directly involved; steer clear if you can. There’s no need to be bringing in other people’s unnecessary negativity and letting it get you down. As for a bad review, as upsetting as it can be, it happens to the best of us at times. When you get up onstage, you place yourself in the public eye and therefore open yourself up to judgement and critique. Don’t take it to heart, suck it up, learn from it if you can and move on. It sounds harsh, but we are all a part of this business that we call show, and as such, we have to grow a thick skin if we’re going to survive.

2. Strike a Balance in Life
Burlesque is one of those things that creeps in slowly, then five years later you find yourself up to your eyeballs in costumes and feathers and hard-pushed to find an outfit that’s not got some glitter on it somewhere.

When you find your cat modelling burlesque pieces, it's probably time to stop and evaluate.
When you find your pet modelling burlesque attire, it’s probably time to stop and evaluate. It’s likely at this point, burlesque has completely taken over your life.

Burlesque can and will TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE.
So make extra sure you make time for a life outside of the stage. Sometimes it can feel like the only time you get to see your friends is when you’re all performing and while it’s lovely to have a team of workmates who are also your actual mates, you may find yourself wondering what happened to your social life. Take a day / night off every now and again; tune out of performance mode and into a chillout mode and allow yourself some downtime.

3. Set Yourself Goals
If you’re feeling stuck in a rut, you need something to shoot for; to make you reach for the stars and work for. Set goals, both short- and long-term, be it a finishing date for a new act, a particular show or festival to get on the bill for and list your goals. Set yourself a reasonable timescale, plan and go for it. Keep checking back in with your list and mark off your achievements as you go along.

We’ll wrap things up there for this week. Join us again next week for a brand new blog.