The nice thing about being incredibly single-minded at times, however, is the fact that I can push aside those worries. When doors opened, I entered “work mode” and tried my best to persuade patrons to buy a boa or a T-shirt. Sales were slow at first, but as more people filed in, more items started to leave the table. By the end of the show, I was so swamped by customers that my partner jumped in to help me keep track of what I sold. He also probably attracted more people because he’s charming (and loud). It turned out to be a pretty fun experience.
|Wearing my Jet Girl cosplay|
at the Clever Girl Cabaret:
Flirty Nerd show
You see, at The Midnight Ramble, I was just taking photos, which I post under my real name Normally I keep to myself when shooting, but I had some people talk to me and I guess they deduced that I was connected with the dancers. I started to wonder if I should’ve introduced myself as Hana since I don’t have business cards for my photography. I have no intentions of making any money from my pictures, but it’s still nice to have everything together as a portfolio, especially since I do a little bit of journalism. Things get even more iffy when you have burlesque crossing over with another of my hobbies, like cosplay or steampunk. How do I introduce myself then?
A funny idea of using my glasses to distinguish between my two main identities (we’re not going to go into my steampunk and cosplay alias) occurred to me. I’ve been told I look drastically different without my glasses, and I always wear contacts as Hana Li. My glasses could be a Clark Kent sort of disguise for my burlesque self. There are two problems to this plan though. The first is that I can only wear rigid gas permeable lenses, and they’re not very comfortable. One speck of dust and I’m tearing up like crazy because my eye hurts. There’s a possibility that I would have to switch to glasses immediately after curtain call. The other issue is that sometimes I do wear contacts when I’m photographing, and while I can always attend shows as Hana, people are not stupid enough to be unable to put two-and-two together. Plus I’ve already uploaded photos of me with glasses on my facebook page. Oh well, it’s still fun to think of myself as being a burlesque version of Clark Kent/Superman.
The next time you can see me with the Ruby Revue is on July 26. I'll be on-stage for the Advanced Burlesque Tease class performance. Hope to see you in the crowd!
|Photo by Karlo X. Ramos|