Thursday, 16 September 2010

Interview - Silk Seduction

Dotted with Hearts interview the multi talented Burlesque artist & pin-up model, Silk Seduction!

Q. Greetings Silk Seduction, please tell us who you are and what you do?

Hello there, my name is Silk Seduction and I am a Burlesque Artist and Pin-Up Model. I originally trained as a classical ballerina at Liverpool Theatre School and am also trained in Musical Theatre, Commercial Dance, Classical Acting and Opera. My circumstances changed and I completed a BA (Hons) Event Management which I am following with an MA Public Relations due to start in October. Career wise I had completely changed path but my passion for dance remained. I found a Burlesque school called the Fantasy Showgirl Academy lead by Miss Fan-Teasy and the rest as they say is history. I am about to graduate and be unleashed into the big wide world of Burlesque, with a tour of our very successful show 'Rocky Horror with a Teasy Twist' about to commence, and several modelling assignments planned, life is very exciting right now :).

Q. Where in the world are you based?

I am based in the sunny seaside town of Bournemouth.

Q. What made you get into the modeling and burlesque scene?

I have always danced, my mum claims I used to steal her scarves and danced before I could walk. But I like many dance professionals completely lost my confidence and vowed to leave dance as a sad memory. I found the Fantasy Showgirl Academy by accident and am so glad I did. It restored my confidence and even persuaded me to revisit the stage, now the girls can't keep my away! I am sponsored by the amazing Tassels and Trinkets and my next show is 'Freak 'n' Tease' at The Winchester, Bournemouth.

In terms of modelling, it is something that preceded my discovery of Burlesque but had never really taken off. I had done a nude photo shoot for a photographer friend, and a couple of burlesque themed photos hoots for a local photographer, but it is only in the last year that interest has been growing rapidly. I have found Pin-Up to be the genre that's suits me as it fits my love of vintage, cheesecake pin-up and of course burlesque. I am honoured to be one of four models representing Juliet Killed Romeo and Juliet Loves Romeo.

Q. Are there any photographers, clubs or other models out there who you would like to work with?

I love the use of colour by Black Orchard Photography, the unusual location ideas from Dark slide Photography and will always adore the timeless images produced by Eddie Ions. In terms of performing I would love to perform in as many different locations as possible, both in the UK and Worldwide.

Q. You list costume construction as one of your passion, what do you make?

I worked for a local dance shop, which had a bespoke department. I took this over and loved the excitement of producing garments from fully crystallized ballroom gowns, wedding dresses and cheer leading catsuits, to tutus and carnival costumes. The world really was your oyster and no day was ever the same. I now use these skills to construct and develop my own costumes although there have been enquiries about designing independently so watch this space.

Q. Who or what is your inspiration?

My aim to is to create the most enchanting most memorable performances possible and am constantly inspired by Miss Fan-Teasy and my fellow showgirls, who's creativity astounds me. I am also inspired by the classic Pin-Up images by Gil Elvgren which never age or lose their charm.

Q. Where would you like to see yourself in five years time?

I would like to have built a successful brand in 'Silk Seduction' and hope to continue with the Fantasy Showgirls alongside performing internationally. I would also like to have built up a strong portfolio and continue to represent several independent brands.

You can find Silk Seduction on the following websites...

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