True Story: I Travelled 3,500 Miles To Live My Burlesque Dream.

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She travelled all the way from Scotland
on 2 planes and then 4 trains to meet me at a tiny coffee shop
in Brooklyn.
She had never been to New York City before.
She knows no one in this city of 32 million people
except for me.

She came here to make her dream come true.

Backstage at The Slipper Room.

Backstage at The Slipper Room.

As I type this she is sitting next to me…
and our wild 24 hours together of
dreaming,
shimmying,
costume getting,
false eyelash wearing,
99 cent store raiding,
and a late burlesque New York City night…
is almost over.

Reegan made her New York City debut as Viola le Feu last night
and brought the Slipper Room to its knees.
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As I watched her from the side of the stage,
I got tears in my eyes
because fear kept me back from so many things for so long.
I know that we lose so many people’s dreams in the world to fear and doubt.
Viola pushed through and confidently threw herself into it.

When fear loses and dreams conquer
it is a goddamn good day.

Here are 3 tips from Viola herself on how to rock out your dreams and slay all obstacles:

1. Don’t Hold Back. Be The Person You Want To Be.

As we’re sitting here having breakfast, Viola described herself as being “quite shy” and “super conscious” of how other people judged her or looked at her before meeting her burlesque mentor in Scotland, Magenta Lust. Viola appreciates Magenta’s bold choices – in her own unique style, how she expresses herself and her style of burlesque. Viola took the leap and busted out of her shell when she had the thought:

“Why should I be sitting here admiring others? Why don’t I just do it myself?”

2. Don’t Give a Shit About What Other People Think.

Moments before she took the stage, I was giving her last words of encouragement and she said,
“I’m doing this for me….not for anyone else.”

She explained that she’s never going to see these people again, and why should she care what they think.
With that attitude of not trying to please other people or care what they think –
she was able to go out there and perform from her heart
uncensored
and truly her.
And it was fucking magnificent.

3. Whatever’s Going To Happen is Going To Happen – So Just Enjoy The Moment, Have Fun.

Looking back at the experience, Viola says,
“If I was so wound up in myself and freaked out or chickened out – I’d have to live with that for the rest of my life.
I don’t want to live with regret.
I want to DO IT.”

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After the show, we went out to celebrate,
and made wishes for the future on the Empire State Building at 2am…
and blew it out…
This photo was taken moments before the Empire State Building’s lights went out.
Viola le Feu was Queen of New York in my eyes last night.
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And this powerful, kickass, blonde from Scotland who sits next to me
is my hero this morning…
because she had the courage
to rock out one of her dreams
and made it happen.

And I wish that courage and strength and love
to every single one of you.

Wild loveĀ from both of us.
We can all do thisĀ together.

Now go out and kick ass today.
And “like” Viola le Feu on facebook – to keep up with her adventures and encourage her journey.

And let us know in the comments how we can help and support you and your dream.

Ask yourself what’s holding you back from your dream.
How can we help support you to slay the fear and push ahead to the life of your dreams?

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