The Name Game…

What’s the most important thing – aside from a polished, professional performance? Your name! After all, you want the legions of adoring viewers who witnessed the performance to remember who it was they saw! But giving yourself a stage name can be one of the hardest tasks ever! Here’s some tips that may help…  I’ve […]

The Importance Of Play In Your Practice

Yes, we all know what it is to play. We’ve played in playgrounds, we’ve played with our cats and played with a lot of other things… But how many of us performers remember the art to creating great things on stage is playing? Here’s a guide to why it’s important and how it can enhance […]

Name Of Thrones… Why A Punchy Name Can Make Your Act Stand Out

In this game, we’re always trying to think of ways to make ourselves and our acts more dynamic and make ourselves stand out among a sea of literally thousands of performers and acts. Which is why having a punchy and interesting title to your act matters.  What’s In A Name?  A name is really important, […]

Five Burlesque Fails To Avoid

Actually we’re going to confess before we start writing this article. We saw something very similar in a monthly magazine whilst at the dentist. While this magazine outlined ‘workplace fails’ we thought the same rules could apply to the burlesque industry – so we’ve flipped it to bring you some (hopefully!) great advice…  Don’t wait […]

I Want To Make My First Routine – Where Do I Start?

This is a question DeeDee and I always get asked by the students we teach who want to actually get themselves out on a stage. We don’t teach routines in our classes, we just give tools to build your own routine as we strongly believe that everyone has their own style and already has a […]

New Performers – how to get booked

So you have the enthusiasm and the ambition but you don’t yet have the shows? As a newcomer to the scene it can be very hard to break onto the stage without experience so here’s some tips that we see working time after time…    Classes Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? but the easiest route to […]

What Makes A Good Emcee?

So we’ve all been to shows where the host is really giving you the most… They are relaxing you, making you feel welcomed and providing a smooth link from act to act… Looks easy, doesn’t it? In fact, it can’t be that hard, so you reckon you could give it a go… Here’s really what’s […]

It’s a ‘no’ From Us… Dealing With Rejection

So you’ve applied for some shows – you might even have been to an audition… You were hopeful of being cast but now your dreams have been shattered with that dreaded, ‘No, not this time’ email… That’s if you’ve been sent an email at all… So put all thoughts of fire-bombing the producer’s home aside […]

There Will Be Blood! Tips For horror and gorelesque acts…

It’s that time of year again… the time when we start to mess up stages and add a bit of claret to our performances. If you are thinking of going a bit gorelesque, here are a few tips to think about…  Firstly, have a read of this if you are not sure what gorelesque is. In basic […]

The Arts Fraud Police Are Coming!

You are an arts imposter! You have ‘cheated’ your way in! You aren’t a ‘proper’ performer! You are going to be found out soon, by the ‘real’ arts professionals and believe you and me, they know… If those words strike fear in your heart, you are not alone! Lilly Laudanum has been feeling like an imposter […]