|By Raven Red Photography|
I made it in time to tech but did only do a minute of my song to keep things moving along. Suddenly I found myself with some extra time, not wanting to get into that fleece onesie just yet. I felt a little out of place since I didn't know that many people. However, everyone was nice, and I found out that there were a lot of geeks backstage. Later in the evening, I completely flipped out when I realized that Caramel Knowledge was a Rule 63 Nick Fury. Pelvis and I also had a conversation about how non-burlesquers should be known as Mundies after he spotted Fables as one of the comic books in my act.
There were a lot of geeks in the crowd too. The audience response was amazing! It's funny that while I was anxious in the days leading up to the festival, I acted like I did this on a daily basis once the show began. I think reminding myself that I'm just going to have fun helped. My routine went by in a blur, and the adrenaline was still pumping after I exited. I had to sit in just my pasties and panties before putting on some clothes to settle down... although backstage shenanigans made that a little bit harder to do.
|By JPL PRO|
After waking up much earlier than desired, the Companion and I began our Saturday with brunch at a diner. Since I had two workshops, I opted for a salad, but that turned out to be chicken with cheese all over and some lettuce and tomatoes. I was very worried that I would not survive Michelle L'amour's "Booty Lab". It was intense, but according to Black Mariah (who had the best spot in the house being behind everyone), I fared pretty well. I used muscles that I didn't know existed. Next was "Dynamic Staging Techniques with Waxie Moon". His enthusiasm made me forget about my shyness or my exhaustion. I came away with a better idea of how to choreograph routines.
|Showgirl pose in front of the Alamo|
We were sad we couldn't stick around for the Sunday brunch, but it was nice getting to chat with Jasper St. James and Shelby Mine (yay for Tumblr friends meeting in person!) and Eaton Johnson of Queertini Time. I much prefer the chill atmosphere of a brunch versus an after-party, and Foxxy Blue Orchid was such lovely host. I hope next time I can hang around San Antonio long; you can bet that I'll be applying for next year's festival.
More photos of my performance can be found on my facebook page.