Ruby Rebelle Rocks!
(The rather lovely Ruby came to my attention via a Facebook search for interview subjects. Of everyone I’ve spoken to on this little project for mookychick.co.uk, she’s been far away the keenest, and possibly the only person who’s asked me if her answers to questions were ‘alright’. She’s also quite funny and has a love for zombies!)
1) How did you discover Burlesque and what about it made you want to be part of it?
I have always loved the glitz and glamour of the old hollywood movie stars and the elegance that they portray. I had always had issues with my body and a close friend told me about how she had gone to body confidence/burlesque workshops, I felt that this would be a great way to boost my self esteem and build my confidence however only working part time meant that I didn’t have the money to get to the workshops but I didn’t want to give up so I watched video after video of performances from the top performers on the internet and taught myself. I spent months working on my first routine, being a newbie and having no training meant it was hard to be booked for a show so instead I decided to organise a charity show, The show was a great success and I met some amazing performers through it.
2) You must be aware by now of the Cher/Christina Aguilera film ‘Burlesque’. Is it better to be misrepresented by Hollywood in order to raise awareness of your medium or would you rather the film world left your world alone entirely?
I haven’t personally watched the film so I can’t comment on it however it is possible that because films like ‘Burlesque’ the real essence of burlesque will be taken away and replaced by people who just want to copy Christina Aguilera, The media will always be interested in burlesque because it does cause controversy however without the media people wouldn’t be so interested in coming to watch the shows.
3) If you had the option, what would you tell your younger self to do or not do in terms of your career?
Well as I am only 20 and at the beginning of my career I am still learning and making mistakes. I don’t think I would change anything I have done so far. I have had great support from friends and family and have met some wonderful friends along the way.
4) What’s the worst post performance chat up line you’ve heard?
Luckily the audiences I have met have all been very supportive and friendly and haven’t over stepped the mark. The worse I have had is “I didn’t recognise you with your clothes on” Which is pretty rubbish if you ask me! After I perform I usually pop some clothes back on and watch the rest of the show with the audience so I get to meet a lot of people, everyone has been lovely!
5) What do you bring to your performance that nobody else does?
Where I am self taught I have had to work harder to get noticed because I’m not under anyone else’s name so I have tried to make my acts as entertaining and eye catching as possible. I love performing comical routines and routines that make you smile. There are so many classic fan dances and stripteases around so I aim to make my acts a little different. My favourite routine to perform would be my fire eating and glass walking act.
She’s also doing this:
Burlesque in aid of SSAFA Forces Help
October 7th, Doors open at 7.30pm
Call 07581209849 for more information
Club V – Fareham www.vtheplacetobe.comIf you want to book Ruby, email her Here.