The Shimmy Showgirl Collective Talk Goals, Challenges and Successes
We love to set high, but achievable goals and share our successes with each other. Our collective provides a safe space for us to talk openly about our struggles and learn from each other, plus is a great supportive network when things get tough!
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To kick off our first blog ever, we thought we'd take a bit of time to reflect on 2019 and look forward to 2020. We already have some exciting things planned (like our show on May 9th at Spotted Mallard) and some more we need to keep a secret for a little while longer. For now, enjoy the Shimmy Showgirls take on our 2019/2020 year.
Marilyn's 2019 reflection/2020 goals
One thing that I am proud of/successful at this year was... Producing a sell out show in October. Also performing in ABF Sydney in front of family members who had never seen me perform before!
Something that was a challenge this year was... Trying to do too many things and running myself into the ground to the point where I got very sick One thing I am looking forward to next year is... Hopefully more interstate and even international performances!
Gemma's 2019 reflection/2020 goals
One thing that I am proud of/successful at this year was Getting back on stage after a long time away. Something that was a challenge this year was Creating a new act after so long. Creating my Ghost Town act brought me both fun and anxiety, but it was totally worth it to finally get to perform it!
One thing I am looking forward to next year is... Secret plans from Shimmy Showgirl HQ!!
Dolores's 2019 reflection/2020 goals
One thing that I am proud of/successful at this year was... I am proud of still being here as an artist, teacher, producer and even manager after 18 years. I am grateful to all the amazing performers and friends who have had my back and been there for me. I do love the Shimmy Showgirl Collective. We are there for each other and are so supportive. I am super proud of 'The Australian Burlesque Festival'. It celebrated 10 years in 2019 and whilst it is a huge undertaking I love it.
Something that was a challenge this year was... Producing is incredibly hard at times and can effect you mentally, emotionally and financially. I nearly gave it all away in 2019 but pushed through some difficult times. On the flip side social media can be very cruel, not only with trying to promote your shows due to censorship of female identifying bodies, but equally call out culture. I have been a victim of this and have so many others. It is distressing, anxiety driven and unnecessary. I just hope in 2020 people are more considered and thoughtful about what they post online. Let's be a little kinder and make room for everyone to learn, make mistakes and get on with it. Being an artist is super hard and we must take care of each other more.
One thing I am looking forward to next year is... Placing more importance on myself as a person, artist and performer. Managing my time better. Pursuing my passion for makeup. I am currently doing a 12 month makeup course and cannot wait to finish. Making sure I produce bigger and better shows. Travelling to more cities to perform and explore.
Camilla's 2019 reflection/2020 goals
One thing that I am proud of this year was starting my course in Marketing and Communications, and sticking with it! Going back to study was a real challenge after finishing my degree 12 years ago. Add performing and producing to the mix as well as a new relationship, and life balance was getting really tough. I am proud that I could recognise this early and I scaled back on producing and got more comfortable with saying 'no' to performance opportunities so that I could focus on my course. I have been doing really well with assessments so far, receiving some great feedback from my trainers. I am really excited to complete the course in the first half of next year and change careers, with a new side hustle as well (keep your eyes peeled for that. It's going to be a goodie!) Something that was a challenge this year was Melbourne Fringe Festival. Those who know me well knew that it really hit me hard this year. I have produced in Fringe Festivals previously and had quite positive outcomes. This year was very different. I took on more shows and more performers using what has happened in past years and shows as a guide to indicate growth and it just didn't work. Live entertainment is always a bit of a gamble and Fringe is an unpredictable beast. I learnt some huge lessons in producing and Fringe festivals and what I want out of being a producer moving forward. I think there's always a lesson to be learned through hardship, and I learnt some big ones this year. I am looking forward to using this new knowledge and understanding next year. One thing I am looking forward to next year is new shows. I am bringing two new productions to the stage in 2020, one with a live band (Burlesque Bandstand) and another in co-production with Grace Cherry to unite the Tasmania and Melbourne burlesque scenes (Bosom Buddies Burlesque). New shows always bring new challenges of getting the word out to the public and building a following, so I am glad the Shimmy Showgirl Collective is here to help us promote our shows so that audiences around Australia can enjoy more live entertainment!
Boo's 2019 reflection/2020 goals
One thing that I am proud of/successful at this year was - I was really proud of myself for being part of the experience that is Miss Burlesque Victoria, creating new routines, producing Burlesque with Attitude again this year, teaching again and also being part of The Shimmy Showgirl Collective. Something that was a challenge this year was... Trying to stay motivated, I had to push myself a lot this year One thing I am looking forward to next year is... creating more, more Burlesque with Attitude, more teaching & more with The Shimmy Showgirl Collective. Look out 2020!!