This Friday, June 7, will mark the first of four performance I have at Red Hots Burlesque as their June featured performer. I can’t even express how happy this makes me and how honored I am to have been asked. Check out the dates and details for the performances here.
At each performance, I get to do two numbers – one to open the show and one to close it. In light of that (and since I’m a writer), I thought I would blog a little about the creation process for one number each week. Not because my process is unique or even all that interesting…but because I hope to dialogue with other performers (publicly or privately) about their processes. Because that is interesting to me.
It all stems from my days studying creative writing in Chicago. In our classes, we had lengthy discussions about how we write: Do you write by hand first or on a computer? Do you use a lined or unlined journal? What color pen do you use? (Oh the conversations I’ve had about pen quality!) Then the discussions went to the actual writing, and everyone channeled their muse differently: I follow my characters around and write down what they do. I write diary entries as my characters. I start with one line that I just can’t get out of my head and that starts off the whole story.
We all created our art differently, and hearing about how others worked helped me to not only feel like my method was legitimate, but perhaps more importantly, to open my eyes to other avenues of creation.
So that’s my goal here, on the virtual plane: to start a dialogue about process — and to hopefully learn a few things from others.