Flattery Will Get You Everywhere

Posted: July 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

Ok, so RIGHT after I made my last post Schaffer forwarded a fan letter from someone who saw us a t Nerdapalooza. And it reminded me that money isn’t the only way to appreciate art (though it gets extra points for keeping us fed and housed)
Voiced appreciation is another kind of support and it actually does help us keep going. Knowing that people recognize and admire the work we put into our art touches us and reminds us why we didn’t half ass it in the first place.

I think this is especially true in burlesque because there are a lot of girls who get booked just because they take their clothes off and schmooze a lot, which is really frustrating when you just spent months chained to a sewing machine making a costume *just right.*
Also, for burlesque performers, it’s especially nice to be complemented on things like your costume, your choreography, your song choice or idea. It’s great being told that you’re hot, and we do appreciate it, but being hot is often the part we put the least amount of work into and it’s usually what we get the most compliments on. So you can set yourself apart by complimenting something else. To this day of my favorite comments from a fan was

“Oh my god, your Joker costume was SO accurate.”

  1. Anja Keister says:

    my favorite compliment was in response to my “Money” act where I end it by pretending to eat a whole bunch fake coins by seeing how many I can fit in my mouth. While I was going around collecting tips after that act, I was getting the typical “pose for a picture/let me touch you and I’ll give you $1” sort of treatment and then one guy comes up to me and says, “I’m giving you a tip….because you shoved all that shit in your mouth!” That is the sort of stuff that makes my day. Not because (as you put it) someone was saying I’m hot or sexy , but because that guy enjoyed my twisted brand of burlesque.

  2. Kristian says:

    I have the same problem making software. Whenever I make a website, the ladies just tell me how hot I am and show no appreciation to the detail I put into making sure the site was fault tolerant and capable of scaling to high levels.

    I’ve always liked your shows – and I still hate Andy Warhol. The Batman shows are genius.

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