So all I’ve been talking about lately is this trip to Canada to perform. I was really excited about the costume I asked my friend to make for me. She makes amazing dance wear and designs for a lot of go-go dancers. Her costumes are amazing because they move with your body like they’re part of your skin. I usually only ask her to make costumes for me for special, big events so I hit her up for this. She said she would do it a couple of weeks ago and then Saturday night she texted me and said she didn’t have time to do it.
I panicked. Part of the thing that I feel makes my performances so special is my crazy costumes. I usually design what I’m going to wear and have someone make it for me if I can’t do it myself (the hot glue gun is my best friend).
And for a brief moment, I cursed myself, said, “Well, this is all your fault because you don’t sew. Why in the hell don’t I sew, anyway?” This question was followed by flashbacks of all the awful catastrophes I faced in sewing class and the voice of my ugly, mean, conservative, sewing teacher telling me I would never be able to sew, my poor sewing machine that kept breaking because I sewed with a heavy foot,. getting tangled up in a measuring tape with numbers bobbing around in my head. Sewing is not my thing, although these days, with all the bookings I have, I’m starting to think I should try to make it my thing again…but that’s a tangent for another day.
So I put a shout out on Facebook beseeching all my friends in the tri-state area that could help me out to please come forward and help me find something to wear so I wouldn’t have to show up in a fugly costume. The problem with costumes for fire shows is that they should mostly be made out of cotton. Sure, I’ve tempted fate in the past by wearing things that weren’t as safe as they should be (and some downright dangerous and stupid stuff on the most daring of occasions). For the most part, however, I try to wear fabrics that are no less than 90% cotton when handling fire because I had a close call years ago when I had a pair of pants go up on me in a flash (that were labeled as cotton but weren’t) and luckily, I had jeans on underneath them. If I had not, I probably would have been burnt very badly but I was completely uharmed thanks to the jeans, which were made from cotton. So I learned 2 very important lessons that night. 1) DO NOT WEAR SYNTHETIC FABRICS 2) COTTON CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE. And ever since then, I don’t fuck around with fabrics. The problem is finding cute costumes made from cotton, which is why I wanted to throw down money for a really nice, safe, sexy costume. T
Luckily, my friend, Rachelle, who makes costumes for Foxy Shazam, (her fiance, Daisy, is in the band. He’s a friend from high school who swore he’d grow up and become a rock star and he actually did it) jumped on board so I’m super psyched to have a costume made by her. Her costumes have been in MTV music videos and worn on world tours so I think it’s fitting that she’s making my costume for an international gig. I sent her my design, which is a stupid sketch but it got the point across. We’re working via texting and Facebook which is a little difficult but I’m confident it will turn out OK. My only real concern is that I took my measurements and they’re way different than they were 8 months ago so I’m praying it fits me. If not, I’m not too worried because a friend in Montreal said her mother is semesters and can help me with any costume emergencies I have while I’m in Canada. I don’t want to have a costume emergency part II but if one does happen, it’s covered.
But other than the costume catastrophe, everything is going smoothly. I’m so thankful to all my friend who are helping make this possible! My friend Brandon, who edited my song, my friend Eve, who is driving to Canada with me, my friend Laurel who helped with redoing the wick on my fans, my friend, Rebecca, who sold me her old fans because I needed a new set of fire fans, my friend Marvis, who helped out with smoothing out my choreography, my boyfriend, Adam, who has supported me and of course, Rachelle, who is making my costume. I’m so lucky there are so many people who have helped me put this piece together so I can go represent Louisville, United States and every other fire community and every teacher I’ve had at this competition. It’s pretty exciting.
I’m staying pretty calm about everything. I worked for about 2 hours on my choreography tonight, ironing it out and making sure it all looks great. I need to get my car checked out and do some final warping things up before I leave Thursday so a To Do list needs to be made. And I need to go to bed now.
As I’ve said before, I don’t expect to win anything but it will be a lot of fun. I’d like to win but I know that there is going to be a lot of talent there so I’m focusing on the exchange of ideas and meeting new people and appreciating all the awesome art I’m about to witness so I can bring that inspiration home with me.
Right now, I’m praying for a safe journey, a smooth performance and all the nice, extra blessings that will come my way as little surprises. I pray that there will be no complications and the entire trip will be filled with happiness, love and peace. Blessed Be.