Sunday, 30 September 2012

Walking the Talk 1: Miss Glory Pearl

Throughout our lives, we encounter people who we admire and who inspire us.  Role models.  People who announce they are going to do something and then do it.  Extremely well.  Brilliantly, in fact.  And we admire them for this, for showing us what can be achieved, for walking the talk.  They touch our lives and change us.
Some years ago, I met a woman at my pole dance class who I later became friends with.  We were both beginners and pole dance lessons were a new thing.  We both worked very hard and progressed. We both became teachers.  And this woman wrote a blog, when blogs were also a new thing, and shared her hopes, dreams and plans for the future.  She was going to be a burlesque performer.  The best.
Her blog was the only one I followed avidly.  Not just because I knew her, and it was compelling and full of insight and clarity.  But because she was such a damn good writer.  (see her brilliant parody of Fifty Shades of Grey on a previous post here)

Putting yourself “out there” in the public arena, whether writing or performing, takes a lot of guts. 
That woman, Miss Glory Pearl, is one of the most talented, successful, accomplished international performers today, and I feel so proud and blessed that we are friends, that we pole danced together and now, perform regularly in our successful Wanton Words and Burlesque Bombshells show that sold out when it premiered in the Canterbury Fringe Festival in 2011. 
Miss Glory Pearl
Her professionalism and talent has encouraged and inspired me to keep going.  Working alongside Glory and the brilliant Missy Maybe has given me more confidence to read my work in public, to conquer my nerves and to enjoy it.  The shows are a joy to be part of, and to watch.  Bold, witty, intelligent, rude, naughty, fun.
Just like the incomparable Miss Glory Pearl.
The next Wanton Words and Burlesque Bombshells (Kinky Special) takes place at the Tom Thumb Theatre, Cliftonville on October 6th.
Wanton Words and Burlesque Bombshells is in the Canterbury Festival on Thursday October18th.  

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