The photo you posted in response to the labia question was really beautiful. I have a few questions, if that's ok. The photo is very low resolution so I can't tell if what shows in the middle is that labia you said protrudes a bit, or if that is just your clit hood protruding? Also, you noted that you are only mildly opposed to "pink" photos, is there a chance you will change your mind because your lady parts are probably the most beautiful I've ever seen.
The bit protruding is my cliteral hood; I’m very careful to tuck that one bit of labia in when I’m being photographed. It does generally stay put unless I’ve been messing with it.
I’m very unlikely to do “pink” pictures with where I am right now, sorry. :) But I will be doing some more nudes while I’m on vacation in Mexico in a couple weeks, so maybe you’ll get a slightly higher res look.
So yeah.. I have a question! Wow this is a good question, I hope you pick me... SO. I was wondering if you write? or have you ever tried? or more specifically, what I'm asking you is to write a poem, basically, like four lines, a quatrain of sorts... Now you might ask yourself why I'd ask something so crazy, and the answer is that poetry is the best kind of naked when the one writing it is so lovely and what better way to get to know a great person a little more! AMIRITE? ;)
I’m trying really hard to pick most of the questions, if not all of them, and give them an honest answer. ;)
My answer to this one is that I don’t do poetry. Never have, never will. Poetry and I are not friends. When I see it across the hall, I narrow my eyes at it and shrink back against the wall and hope it goes away soon. And then when it doesn’t I try really hard not to sound like a complete dork while I attempt to escape the conversation, repeating that no, I really need to go, and it was really nice talking, really, but there’s this thing, over there, in the place, and I should really go do that stuff …
I do occasionally write prose, but I tend to keep that just for me, and other people don’t so much get to read it. I also very rarely actually finish any of my own stories.
How would one go about bugging you for a shoot instead of asking about your vagina?
I have a couple of rules at the moment when I’m considering people for shoots:
1. It has to be paid or for publication (of which I am choosy), 2. You have to want something I already have/do or have a full team ready to dress and style me, and 3. If you want circus, you’re looking at circus rates.
If I need something shot (like promotional material) I generally ask photographers I have a good rapport with already; otherwise, I don’t generally look at trade work at all. This isn’t because I consider myself “too good” or anything — although I consider myself at least moderately skilled at this point in my life — but because I don’t have much time to put towards shoots at all right now. (Between making shows and trying to learn some new skills, I don’t get a whole lot of downtime.)
I have different rates depending on what people are looking for; if I have to bring everything, style myself, and do my own makeup, you’re probably looking at somewhere in the $100/hr range. If you’re looking at something with fire, it’s more like $400/hr, and with aerials more like $600/hr - especially if I have to rent the space for you, as not all spaces are compatible with my aerial or fire equipment, and I have to take an insurance policy out for the venue, myself, and your equipment. The rates are all negotiable depending on if you’re offering me other things — like if you have a makeup artist and hair stylist, or a regular stylist, or if you absolutely can’t afford it and also I like you. Never hurts to ask, at least.
This is a big ask, and I'm actually kind of scared you'll be offended, so I hope not. That answer to the labia question was the coolest thing ever, would you consider posting a pic of what yours look like?
Labial shots are sometimes referred to in the photography and model communities as “pink” shots, which is actually one of my hard no’s. Just something I’m mildly uncomfortable with doing.
That being said, the closest you’ll find to a pink shot is probably this.
I did just go through the entirety of Archer last week.
I’m behind on American Horror Story (I fell out in the latter half of asylum) and The Walking Dead (although I’m still ahead of the show in the comics). I also never properly finished Breaking Bad, but fack, I’m going to!
I am current on Game of Thrones (as well as the books) though. And also, as of last night, South Park, which I feel is an achievement.
You're in a desert, walking along in the sand, when all of a sudden you look down. You look down and see a tortoise. It's crawling toward you. You reach down and you flip the tortoise over on its back. The tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs trying to turn itself over, but it can't. Not without your help. But you're not helping. why?
Because the tortoise is from Desert Bluffs.
Those … those people from Desert Bluffs … they think they’re all superior, with their tortoises, and their double sunrises. Well, we’ll show them, won’t we? When all their tortoises are stuck out in the desert, with their little arms waving helplessly as the sky slowly turns to night, WE WILL SHOW THEM.
What are your feelings on pubic hair? Do you have any? Do you shave it all off? Wax it all off? Did you ever experiment with keeping some on? What's the most you ever had?
You guys and the sex questions! I’ve opened the can of worms now, haven’t I? Good thing it’s TMI Tuesday!
I’m cool with pubic hair - in fact, I prefer a well-groomed landing strip or patch more than fully clean shaven on most people. Especially guys.
For myself though, I shave and on a fairly regular basis - not because I find pubic hair disgusting, but because I have very sensitive skin and as soon as my hair gets more than about a quarter inch long (on my legs, or pubic area) I get massively itchy and can’t. Stop. Scratching. So I go clean shaven.
For the record, I’m really enjoying all these random questions you’re sending, Tumblr peeps! Keep ‘em coming; I’m working on getting some more pictures (and the Nerdgasm footage! I should have that tonight!) for you.
What do your labia look like? And do you like them? There seems to be kind of a stigma about labia, in terms of which type is the most visually pleasing.
Have you seen that art project titled (I believe) The Great Wall of Vagina? It was just a bunch of casts from various ladies vaginas, and I think that’s when I finally got over my hangup about what mine looks like.
I’m pretty lucky overall, my vulva is fairly self-contained and compact, but I have one inner labia which is longer than everything else and it likes to creep out past the outer labia. It really used to bother me when I was little. As it turns out, that’s actually fairly normal. Now I just make sure it’s all tucked up in there if I’m taking photos or art modelling (for symmetry’s sake) and I just leave it alone otherwise.
Also, chalk this up to the strangest question I’ve answered while waiting for glue to dry at work. ;)
I’m much more into comics now than Manga - I finished a lot of the manga series that I was reading in my late teens and just never branched out further because I’m an awful person. (And between the ending of The Demon Ororon and Evangelion I needed a break.) Anyone have good ones to recommend?
After I discovered the Vertigo label of comics (particularly Sandman, which hit at a really poignant time in my life) I made the switch to reading a lot of comics. I haven’t been keeping up very well since DC rebooted the Universe though.
what is the line between erotica and porn in your eyes? also, how has being nude all over the internet effected your life?
I don’t actually think that the line between porn and erotica is a hugely important one, because I don’t really like the stigma against porn. I like good porn. Good porn actors are talented, good people. Good on ‘em. Personally, I just draw the line at penetration and “pink” shots (such as where the labia are spread or the vulva is fully on display), just because I’m not terribly comfortable with doing it. As long as the person in question is comfortable with whatever they’re doing, then I’m happy that they’re willing to put it online, even if it’s not necessarily my thing.
I’ve definitely lost some friends over the whole being nude on the internet thing. Especially in one case of someone sending me a very choice e-mail in which they threw around terms like “cheap” and “not artistic anymore”. Which is fine, she’s welcome to her opinion. I just don’t believe it — so I don’t associate with her anymore. I’m much happier when people who are offended by things that I do go ahead and let me know, so I don’t have to waste any time on them, really, so win-win situation for me.
I’m also not very close to most of my extended family, though — probably because they’re pretty conservative, and wouldn’t necessarily enjoy knowing that I’m nude on the internet. If I was terribly concerned about what they thought, then I might have reconsidered the whole nude model thing to begin with. As it is, my immediate family knows and is generally supportive. My Mum actually asks to see new shots when she knows that I’ve done them, and my Dad just quietly overlooks the nude stuff and the burlesque and has a look at everything else.
I have no tattoos at all, actually. I have a couple that I’ve wanted for a couple of years, but none that I’m willing to actually commit to right now. There’s a particular Nihilistic philosophical phrase which really speaks to me, which I’ve wanted tattoo’d on the inside of my bicep for a long time, but especially given a recent resurgence in popularity thanks to a particular pop culture item, I’m hesitant to get it actually tattoo’d on my body. I like the pop culture item it’s from, but not THAT much.
Do you get/have to do any traveling for your modeling/burlesque/etc gigs, or is it all pretty much in your area?
I do travel a little bit; mostly around the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) for now, largely because of my comfort level. Over the summer, I travelled with my troupe (six people) to New Brunswick for their Busker Fest (over the course of two days and a lot of bad fan fiction). For me, travelling is not something I have ever done frequently, so I feel much safer when I have people close to me there. I’m bad at dealing with change. :P
I’m looking at the moment at getting some gigs which are further away — Ottawa and New York, to name a couple — but again, it will be with a small group of people that I know well.
Hopefully I’ll get some opportunities to push my comfort zone a little further in the new year! (Anyone want to book me in the States? :P Haha.)
In case all the asks on your feed now didn’t let you know, I’m accepting anonymous questions! I’m pretty free from now until a little after Christmas, so if you have burning questions, feel free to ask away. I’m going to be on the internet even more than normal.
I love your Princess Mononoke outfit is there a video of the performance anywhere? I'd love to see it but I don't know if that's still a thing you're doing and I'm sure you won't be doing it in South Florida any time soon.
I’ve performed the act four times now, in one description or another, and I’m actually still waiting for some video evidence. Before I responded to this, I sent a message my Circus Boss asking about it, though, so hopefully soon! It’ll go up on my Tumblr when you get it, no worries.
How was it when you met Susan Coffey? Was she cool? Are you planning on meeting her again?
Susan was definitely cool. She’s been up to Toronto since we met that one time, I believe, but our paths haven’t crossed again; especially since I’ve been working quite a bit more on costume building and circus than I have been modelling recently.
Maybe if she comes up again I’ll get a heads up, who knows. :3
Which were you doing first, modeling or burlesque? Ps burlesque is a fun word to say.
Burlesquer is even more fun. ;)
I was modelling a long time before I started burlesque; I started modelling when I was fifteen or so, and didn’t pick up Burlesque until Peepshow TO started up in Toronto, when I was nineteen.
I was acting (for stage) before I started modelling, though. I’ve always been interested in stage acting and musicals, so it’s been nice to be able to sort-of play with that with Circus and Burlesque. (Even though I bombed my Evil Dead audition this summer abysmally. Shhh.)
Do you have much time for vidya James or are you a busy professional grown person
I play A LOT of Video Games. And when I don’t have time for Video Games, I watch other people play them while I work on things that don’t take much brain power (like making fake armour or scale mail or what have you).
Right now I’m working on Starcraft II, because I’m a huge Starcraft Fan, but also pretty much the worst player I have ever met. My partner’s loaned me his account so that I can play through Heart of the Swarm (love me some Zerg!) and hopefully get myself up to being capable enough for competitive play.
We also just bought a 3DSXL, and I’m working my way through Pokemon X. My partner is playing the new Fire Emblem, and I’ve been watching over his shoulder and giving him my two cents while he plays; when he’s done, I’m going to do my own run.
Another favourite of mine right now is Saints Row 4. Dubstep gun. DUBSTEP. GUN. Enough said.
I really like your photos and w as wondering if there was a camera/lens combo you noticed got the best results?
I’m generally the one in front of the camera, so I’m a bad person to ask.
A lot of the best pictures of me were taken with Canon 5Ds, but really, I find even an expensive camera, if in the hands of a sub-par photographer, will produce sub-par work. ;) You can take beautiful pictures with an iPhone if you have good lighting and a good eye.
What would you say is the ratio of choreographed stuff vs improvised stuff vs recovering from some aspect of the performance going not entirely right(eg part of your outfit not wanting to come off right, etc) during a typical burlesque performance?
For me, it’s probably 90% choreographed. I generally have the entire act choreographed completely, and then if I notice the audience likes specific things, then I’ll do more of those to get more of a reaction.
I know some girls who will improvise entire acts, but I have Musical Theatre training, and improv terrifies me, so I try to stay away from that.
Even when something goes wrong, I find that as long as you at least pretend to look like you know what you’re doing, no one really seems to notice. I’ve actually accidentally ripped clothing on stage (especially my gimp outfit … I’ve ripped that A LOT) and as long as I don’t outwardly react, I find people don’t ever notice.
"venetianphantom said: How and why are you so awesome? Bullet point form is acceptable :3"
B’awww, you’re sweet.
Mostly, I just try to do things that I enjoy, with people that I enjoy, and I try not to let it all go to my head. I know I have a long way to go as a performer before I get to somewhere that I’m comfortable with, but I try to balance that knowledge with a little bit of pride in how far I’ve come, at least.
It’s really hard being a perfectionist and a performer all at the same time. xP But I do what I can.
How many licks doea it take to get to the CENTER OF THE EARTH?! also, I have a friend who'd like to be a burlesque dancer, but is worried about casting couch type situations and worse, leaving her unsure how to go about it. Do you have any advice for her?
Personally, at least in Toronto, I’ve never heard of a casting couch sort of situation when it comes to Burlesque. (Now modelling, on the other hand … I hear about plenty of sexual assault there.) I would say that if she’s concerned, she should use the regular sorts of precautions I use before I go to meet a new photographer:
- contact people that producer has worked with before and ask about them (how legit they are, how prompt they are with payment, what it was like to work with them, etc.) - Have a video of work that you can send them of planned acts, instead of showing up to show them anything in person (just filming in your living room with your phone is fine, it doesn’t have to be anything professional) - If they insist on meeting in person, bring someone with you (If they don’t want you to bring someone, don’t go)
Once you’re actually backstage with a producer and other performers, the likelihood of something happening is very, very small; not only is the room full of witnesses, but the room on just the other side of the stage is full of audience!
The worst I’ve ever had was a producer who spent the entire show harping on one performer backstage, and it was just incredibly awkward for everyone else.
Some other quick things that I can offer to an aspiring burlesque performer: - never perform for free; “exposure” is not payment. If you perform for free or cheap, people will get used to paying you that, and you’ll never make more. - do things that other people don’t; are there a lot of classic performers (fifties style pinup) in your area? Go get yourself some leather and strip to NiN. etc. - have a demo reel, or at least a filmed version of an act you want to pitch; most burlesque dancers don’t do this. This not only means that prospective employers can see exactly what you do, and makes you stand out, but it means you can review it and make improvements.
And perhaps the most important advice I can give on the end of this novel, is decide what kind of performer you want to be. I have friends who perform as a creative outlet — they’re perfectly happy with their day jobs, and for them, burlesque is a hobby. Personally, I’m hopefully on the track of becoming a semi-pro freelance performer. There’s nothing wrong with either of those, you just have to decide which one is right for you — and ultimately, I feel that knowing makes you happier.