For a few years the idea was tossed around, some of us showed interest and others where at the time supportive. Thru trial and a few battles the festival came to be last year with great success, but it was not with out trials and tribulations that were fixed this year.
What can you say about the festival planning?
It's a big undertaking, We started planning in Feb 2012 and since then have been making sure the details are in place to have yet another historically amazing festival.
It's a lot of hard work honestly that is very intimidating at times but thanks to the people involved putting in their hard work we are overcoming difficulties every day with our amazing team.
What is the Goal of the festival?
There is a bigger goal then me or any one else, This is not Bella Sin's Burlesque Festival this is OHIO's Burlesque Festival every one is welcome from beginner to legend. We are hoping that soon we can prove our self to other festivals as a large scale event but for now we are a little humble event that is growing and putting Ohio on the map. Any one is welcome this event does not have agenda's, favoritism and it's not a popularity contest. So many festivals are popping up but ours is different and in Le Femme Mystique tradition we are making sure we reach out to those that need help that is why we have the charity of the year.
What can you tell us about the cast?
The cast is amazing and we have girls from Old School to Neo Burlesque. They are all so amazing, different and innovated. We also welcome our Italian friend Miss Satine this year. Just way to exiting! The festival is growing!
I understand that the festival is not a competition is that correct and why?
That is correct, It's so much pressure to just put in your application and get evaluated based on your video, Video does not capture your performance in all it's glory. We just wanted to make sure the girls were not pressured and we just want them to have fun!
I just think that we respect all the tittles given by other festival such as Burlesque Hall of Fame and we are so small still that i feel we are not ready to name the ohio burlesque queen honestly we have such talented performers in Ohio it would not be fair.
What is an addition this year from last year?
Since this year we are on a Fri/Sat says we added a dance party a relax atmosphere where you can meet the cast and dance your buns off. Also this year we have posters i know its not a big deal but it is to us!. Along with more board members to make the festival more efficient. Along with VIP seats and some more vendors and sponsors.
Why should people attend this show vs others?What makes this show special?
This show is different then all others you will see some locals but you are seeing so much more performers from all over the country some thing you can see every day. This is special since is such a large profile event that you get a little bit of everything in every performance.
Let's change gears let's talk about you! Tell us what make you work so hard, what inspires you?
Well, I hate talking about my self now of days not as self centered as i just to be when i was younger (ha ha). I honestly have changed so much and learned so much more now of days so am working so much harder to make sure i put out quality performances and costumes. I'm an entertainer beyond anything else so i want to make sure when you see me your entertained. My resent marriage has really changed my life having such a supportive partner it's such a blessing, I truly feel blessed and loved with this man. He has taken an active roll in my performance life becoming my co producer and a director in the festival his experience working in Hollywood has been of great help to me. i have become more aware about productions and the details.
Last year your mother went thru a hard place being diagnosed with Kidney Cancer, How is she now?
Am very glad to say she has beat cancer and has been such a survivor and a big inspiration to me. She is a big part of my life and i still have her around to listen to me and walk me thru my problems am very lucky.
We know you have had some issues in the past with productions, We also know your a controversial performer that has people talking. What did you learn from those mistakes?
I honestly have learned so much from them and honestly you will always learn from them and i have made my apologies but i had to learn that you can't please every one or make them happy. Thankfully, I have learned to not bite off more then i chew, not to take things personal and to separate friends and business. Oh and contracts!! I figure if am controversial that means am doing something right, If you are talking about me i really don't care because what you think of me is not of my business. it used to put me down but now i just smile and giggle it off, I will still treat you with respect and honor no matter what i was raised better then that.
Let's get even more personal!
We know you are a great supporter of the GLBT Community!
What are your stands on the current gay marriage issues? What are your feeling towards Chick-Fil-A?
Marriage should not be dictated by church or state, The LGBT community are being treated less them human and last time i check they are all humans and honestly who are you to dictate who they should all marry?
No one that is right. I have gay friends that have been committed to each other for years and there is nothing more i want then to see them get married legally. This summer Cleveland hosted the highest amount of "Illegal" marriages as a support for the vote to legalize marriage in Ohio. NYC legalized it along with other states.. I support same sex marriage !!!
And as for Chick-FIl-A I have note eaten there for years before it was a larger deal i don't support organizations that put my friends and family down!
Let's tone it down a bit,
Fresh, New and Exciting?
Oh my god so much, honestly getting ready for the festival is all am doing right now. Then my friends from Kabarett Vulgare Odditease are releasing their show in mid august so excited to be in the cast. Just taking a break after the festival and going to see my family and prepare to travel to BurlyCon 2012 in Seattle. The Book It's All That Glitters came out and it's amazing!
Making new costumes and slowing down the stress is going to be a nice welcome stage in my life.
Bella, Any thing else you would like to add?
Yes, A GREAT BIG HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR FESTIVAL DIRECTORS AND VOLUNTEERS. To every one involved a great big huge thank you!!!
Check out Ohioburlesque.com and bellasin.com for details on shows and more. Also please come to The 2nd Annual Ohio Burlesque Festival 2012 and support burlesque in Ohio! Aug 4th at The Beachland Ballroom !!!
Thank you Bella for your time!
There you have it folks!