As a child I used to sing and do the actions to Stay by Shakespear's Sister and I always favoured Siobhan Fahey's part and her look which was probably a very good indicator as to how I would grow up. I never used to be particularly athletic so as a child that didn't have too much energy but enjoyed dancing I didn't feel that I was taken very seriously in the dance or acting world. I went to what used to be Guildford School of Acting every weekend and summer school to sing, do ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre and acting but I felt so out of place. Something clicked later in life and I found the dance styles that suited me and became confident with myself and figured that I can dance my own way and still get hired for it.
I have been a model for many years but last year I got to dress in latex and walk on a catwalk in Germany at a fetish event. Previous to that I walked twice on the Sexhibition catwalk in Manchester, both pretty awesome achievements. Last night however I learnt to walk the catwalk Vogue style with Joshua Hubbard of The House of Decay. I picked up so many brilliant tips that I cannot wait to rock in Germany this year, not only that but I picked up the basics of New Way voguing and femme style too. I really loved it and the workshop attracted some incredible people and the whole vibe made me want to do more of this in the future. It is such a welcoming community and it is a great pleasure to add this string to my bow.
I know that many professionals out there underestimate me as a performer, this has given me time to do even more training and pick up more skills which just makes me more expensive to hire as the quality of my acts grow. This is a tricky situation in performing whereby performers are expected to do a lot for nothing at the beginning but even as you grow and do better people become shocked when you demand that your travel gets covered on top of your fee. This sets the hobby performers apart from the business performers- no business performer is irresponsible enough to not cover their costs! There's travel money, insurance (which all performers should have!), costumes, the years of training of workshops that some go to in order to get them to the standard that is being hired, the websites, the time off the day job to get to the venue for 5pm to set up before a show and so on.
A good lesson here is if work isn't progressing then keep trying to get the work but go and learn new things in the meantime. Update that CV and next time you apply to that person who didn't think you were good enough last year, this time they might be bloody amazed by your CV this year!