GUEST POST: Kitty Velour’s Guide to Making It as a Pro Performer

How do you get into the pro performance industry? 

 GO TO CLASS

  • You cannot get good at dancing or performing if you do not practice! You have to dedicate your time and energy into your training, and going to a pole class is the easiest way to do this.
  • I enjoy training solo but this takes a little bit more discipline and you have to really know what you want when you start practicing by yourself in order to use your time effectively.
  • Editor’s note: Peach wrote THIS PIECE on organising your own training.

FIND A STAGE

  • So once you’ve been going to classes for a while, maybe you’re an advanced level poler by now, you think you’re pretty good at this point and you want to push yourself and start performing your skill in front of an audience. You need to find a stage, whether that be a pole school showcase, a strip club, a competition or maybe just climb onto a table in your local bar and start split dropping!
  • You never know who might be watching and the people you might meet when you perform on any of the aforementioned stages, basically you want to get as much exposure as possible! You want people to REMEMBER you! If you’re hungry for it then you will take every opportunity to perform that you have, or you will make opportunities of your own. Start your own show!
  • For me the world is my stage so I wear false eyelashes every day, and I dance wherever I go. I really LIVE the whole performer lifestyle, for me ‘Kitty’ isn’t really a persona; she’s just who I am all the time – glittery, sensual and a bit mad!

GROW YOUR FOLLOWING

  • You need Facebook and Instagram as a must, YouTube is also advisable and any other platforms are just extra. So again going back to getting as much exposure as possible, THIS is your game-changer.
  • My career would be a very different story without social media. This is how you reach people and show them who you are, and you need to do this on a continuous basis (every-freaking-day) and this does take some work.
  • This is why often at events other people recognise me because I’ve ingrained my peachy bottom into their heads by feeding them my posts every day, and it’s also why I don’t always recognise other people when I meet them because either they don’t post regularly or their content isn’t memorable.

CONNECT

  • Interact with other dancers online – comment/like their posts, be a part of the community by creating friendships and bonds with others.
  • Add other performers who appeal to you on Facebook even if you’ve never met them, it allows you to see their work and get a better scope of performance events out there but it also gives you an automatic follower because they can see what you’re up to aswell!
  • Join groups – circus groups, pole groups, model groups, performance groups – this way you can keep your eye out for castings to apply for, and be inspired and learn from other individuals in the creative industry.
  • Research hashtags on instagram and find other performers in your discipline or style, you can learn from them.
  • Don’t be afraid to reach out to people and ask for help/advice, I’ve never been afraid to ask questions. Sometimes you get answers, sometimes you don’t but it’s worth listening to someone else’s story of how they got to where they are because it could benefit you too.

Styling: Amber Bryan-smith – Photography: Patryk Spiker

CREATE GREAT CONTENT

  • This content needs to be good quality in order to be taken seriously and be memorable, a dark video of you dancing where your head is out of the frame isn’t gonna cut it! So it’s worth getting a decent phone with a good camera, and just video yourself constantly. Good lighting also helps, you need to be able to see you dance and see this clearly.
  • Get good at editing photos and pictures on your phone, invest in some decent apps – practice.
  • At all your performances ask someone to video you/take pictures, it all contributes to your portfolio and that’s what your social media is – it’s your visual CV and portfolio.
  • Organise some photo shoots of yourself, and style some different looks – be creative!
  • So many talented and very underrated dancers out there, and it’s all down to lack of social media skills. If you wanna really geek out you could make a content plan, and plan what you’re gonna post and when (I’m too lazy for this haha).

 

MAKE CONTACTS

  • Go out and meet people! Don’t be afraid to go to events and see what kind of acts are already on offer. Don’t wait for your friend to go with you, just go by yourself and watch and learn. Pole dancing events – competitions, shows! Cabaret events – circus, theatre, open auditions. GO! Go go go!
  • I get a little frustrated with people who want to be performers but haven’t even been to any shows. If you’re gonna ask someone to hire you for their show, then going to see their show and doing your research will benefit you.
  • Go partying! I’ve made loads of contacts through partying and getting off your tits with fun people, work hard and play harder. You’re in a creative industry, everyone’s insane so enjoy your insanity a little bit and take a break from your green juices and your early nights. I mean I actually love a green juice and an early night, but every now and again you gotta live a little.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

  • This is about bettering yourself all the time, so you don’t stay stagnant. Look at your content and think how can I make this even better? Look at other successful performers and dancers and observe what they’re doing with their social media. Maybe you need to post a few more videos each week, maybe you haven’t done a photo shoot a while and you could do with some fresh new looks, maybe you want to update your show-reel etc. Constantly assess your progress at regular intervals.

STAY HUMBLE

  • Respect your fellow dancers and performers, good manners and a friendly smile go a long way and may open up doors for you in the future.
  • Respect those who have helped you and try to remember to thank them and give back. We all need help, we can’t do everything by ourselves. Being driven and passionate is brilliant, but don’t let it make you so hungry for success that you jeopardize your friendships in order to be the best.
  • There will be a certain point when you become rather fab, and two things will happen…
  1.  You get an ego – now this is fine, it’s good to be confident in your abilities and know that you’re a star, but for some people it goes to their heads and they start being very elitist towards others. Even if you’re pole dancing in Beyonce’s latest music video or have won 3456789087 competitions, it doesn’t give you the right to be a dick-nosed diva, prima donna princess – okay? Don’t be that person.
  2. People will hate you. Trolls – time wasters (don’t bother arguing. Just delete and move on. It’s a waste of your thumb muscles to dwell on those people). Haters – people who are jealous, and want a bit of your creamy cookie for themselves.

So, the difference between trolls and haters is that trolls are people you don’t know (so who really cares?!), but haters are people you do know and this hurts more, and is harder to deal with. Jealousy and insecurity can make people a bit bonkers bananas, so you gotta be compassionate with them. By this point you have all the glory and the stardom and there’s no point being mean to people who don’t have that, try and address the issue with the hater politely, and if they don’t want to discuss it honestly then you need to cut them off.

This is a hard issue to deal with because we’ve all fucked up trying to deal with a hater at some point. Besides if you were smart, you’d befriend your competitor and learn from them, and they might even give you opportunities – shoots/gigs etc and you could work together. But some people are dumb 😂😂😂

BE UNIQUE

  • Spend a lot time developing your own style, and opening yourself up to who that is. We change and evolve as dancers, and it takes a while to find out what your ‘thing’ is.
  • Be patient. Keep dancing, and let yourself move freely. Experiment with movement; incorporate other styles of dance, play with shapes and levels, just do something different. Don’t be a cardboard cut out. It’s fun finding yourself, and then you can experiment with your aesthetic and find your signature flare.
  • Sometimes when you’re different you feel isolated at first, it can be shocking even revolutionary. Be that person. Change the world.

BE PASSIONATE

  • Always do what you do because you love it fiercely. Not because you want to make loads of money (I’m so broke all the time, don’t be disillusioned with the glamour), not because you want to be a massive superstar, only do it for your love of your art. That shit is pure and that integrity will really shine in your work, and this will attract people to you.
  • If you are passionate people will want you to teach workshops, perform at their events, star in their music videos etc.Geek out – study your favourite dancers on instagram, and yes I mean STUDY, not just admire but really take note of every little aspect of their movement then try it, yours will be different.
  • You have to work hard at all the aspects above, but you also need star quality too!

♥♥♥

It’ll be hard, you’ll fail, repeatedly, you’ll get rejected a lot, you’ll fuck up some opportunities and lose out on others, but this is okay. You are human. I’m not an expert at any of this, but I’ve watched and I’ve learned all this from my time so far as a dancer, and I wanted to share that.

But what do I know, eh. I’m just a baby after all… I may be a baby queen, but I’m still a queen.


Kitty Velour (also known as the ‘Trap Queen’) is a stripper style pole dancer and exotic showgirl having developed her own style of movement which often includes twerking, pussy pops and split drops!

She has also won two national competitions and is renowned for her freestyle skills, raw sexual energy and stage presence. Kitty is a floorwhore specialist and teaches her dance workshops all over the country and the world!

Find her on instagram HERE

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Comments 1

  1. I really loved this article – which surprised me because I have no intention or desire to become a performer (pro or amateur). I was surprised I even read it (given how many other demands are being made on my time right now). But I’m glad I did as I think the article offers much more than advice about becoming a pro performer. It is packed full of good business sense and common sense (something a surprising number of people seem to be lacking). I think it will also serve to sort the pros from the hobbyists. And will reassure those who are struggling to make their mark in this (or indeed any other) industry that it requires passion and dedication. It can’t just be about making money.

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