Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

It’s Friday again and time for your tip again!

If you need to cut fabric in straight lines, a rotary cutter is your best friend.

If you need a lot of strips of fabric, like for can-can ruffles, corset binding, or quilts, a rotary cutter is the way to go. It’s fast, easy, and accurate. you will also need a special cutting mat and acrylic ruler, but the investment pays off in saved time. Use the lines on the mat to line up your fabric. Set the ruler as a straight edge and run the cutter along side it. Before you know it, you’ll have heaps of fabric strips (or squares or triangles). Just be careful — those cutters are sharp — and close the safety cover when you’re not actively cutting. And replace the blade (it’s easy) when it starts getting dull.

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Published in: on 16 June 2017 at 2:10 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday! Before I get to your tip, a couple of reminders and announcements.

First, I’m giving away a copy of Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival, just go to my review and leave a comment telling me who your favorite legend of burlesque is and why. I’ll pick a winner at random on Wednesday morning.

Second, applications to the first ever Mini BurlExpo close on Saturday! It’s going to be a fun and relaxed weekend. Join us in July!

And now, your tip:

Create info sheets for each of your acts.

It will make your life so much easier when submitting to festivals or working with a producer. I keep these files handy on my computer and then cut & paste the necessary information as needed. For each act I have the name, a link to the video, the song title, artist and length, a basic introduction, a short description, set up and clean up, lighting and sound notes, and anything else important.

I also have another sheet with my performer bio in various common lengths (50 words, 500 characters, 200 words, &c.). If you’re really organized, also have an mp3 of each song and promo photos in the same folder with the act info and the bio. Everything you need in one place!

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Published in: on 9 June 2017 at 1:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday! To those of you at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend, I hope you’re having a wonderful time! As for me, I’m going to see Wonder Woman tonight and I’ll be at Cambridge River Festival tomorrow, over by the Theatre Stage.

Here’s your tip!

When at a big event, like a festival, carve out some down time to relax and recharge. Being on all the time is hard work!

I like to go back to my hotel room for a short-lie down or even a bath, if there’s time. Failing that, I’ll take a little walk or find a quiet corner for a cup of tea and maybe read a little. Taking a little time to yourself will let you be your best self around everyone else.

M2Like this tip? There are lots more in Miss Mina Murray’s Little Book of Better Burlesque.

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Published in: on 2 June 2017 at 2:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday! Here’s your tip:

To keep your lip makeup intact, drink with a straw.

Because I was a Girl Scout, I like to be prepared. Since I wouldn’t want to assume that any given venue would have straws for the showgirls, I carry this stainless steel straw in my gig bag. I even made a little cloth sleeve so the straw stays clean when I’m not using it (just visible in the lower left corner of the photo).

M2Like this tip? There are lots more in Miss Mina Murray’s Little Book of Better Burlesque.

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Published in: on 26 May 2017 at 11:12 am  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday! Today I’m all excited for the opening of The Big Time and the premier of my new act, but I wouldn’t forget your tip (which is about tipping):

Tip your bartender.

If you get comped drinks as part of your deal with the venue or producer, tip as much as you would have if you were paying full price.

M2Like this tip? There are lots more in Miss Mina Murray’s Little Book of Better Burlesque.

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Published in: on 19 May 2017 at 2:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday! Here’s your tip:

When working with slippery, slithery, or otherwise difficult fabrics, baste them in place first.

Yes, it takes extra time and thread, but you’ll thank me later. I make these mistakes so you don’t have to.

M2Like this tip? There are lots more in Miss Mina Murray’s Little Book of Better Burlesque.

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Published in: on 12 May 2017 at 3:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday! Here’s your tip!

If you have the option, buy travel insurance.

When planning my trip to New Mexico, I decided on a whim to opt for the travel insurance for my airline ticket. It wasn’t much additional money and I’m so glad I did. As you might recall, there was a snowstorm that screwed up my travel plans. I ended up having to buy a ticket on another airline to get home in a reasonable amount of time and the insurance reimbursed me for the cost of my original ticket. As traveling showgirls on a budget, it’s worth it to have that safety net in case things go wrong.

M2Like this tip? There are lots more in Miss Mina Murray’s Little Book of Better Burlesque.

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Published in: on 5 May 2017 at 2:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday! I’ve been working on a new costume piece for The Big Time and that reminded me of this tip:

Canned food makes great pattern weights.

I like to use short cans, like tuna (I always get the kind with the mermaid!), pineapple, or water chestnuts.

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Published in: on 28 April 2017 at 2:34 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday! Here’s another tip on the theme of big props:

When you are using a big prop, use it.

A big prop should be integrated into your act like any other aspect. I always think it’s such a shame when a performer has this lovely prop and they spend just a little time with/on/in it, but basically ignore it for most of the act. The prop is just as important as your costume, music, choreography, &c. I love acts where the performer uses the prop throughout the act in creative ways.

You can see if I take my own advice in The Big Time on May 19 and 20.

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Published in: on 21 April 2017 at 2:31 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday! Today’s tip continues on the theme of big props:

The big prop is not the star of the act. You are!

Don’t let your big prop overshadow you! It’s there to support you, not replace you. It’s one of the many elements that go into your act: costume, storyline, choreography, music, &c. Let it be just one part of a stunning ensemble.

M2Like this tip? There are lots more in Miss Mina Murray’s Little Book of Better Burlesque.

Published in: on 14 April 2017 at 3:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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