Now, this little lady is short and sweet! She’s concise and explosive. The first time I met her in the halls of the Toronto School of Burlesque, she greeted me with the gusto only she can bring. And she is that firecracker. That double burst of bubble-pop. She is the Triple B with the Double D’s: Bianca Boom Boom!
Gracie: Thank you so much for taking the time to jam with me. You know to hang around old school style. I’m gonna ask you a few questions and I want you to say the first things that pop into you head. How did you get your name?
Bianca: Originally I wanted to have Bijoux as part of my name and someone suggested Boom Boom to go along with it. I thought about Boom Boom Bijoux but found Boom Boom L’Roux and decided it was too close. I then decided I would keep Boom Boom instead as a last name, that I wanted a “real” first name and that I definitely wanted alliteration. Bianca comes from The Taming of The Shrew. She is Kate’s (the Shrew) younger sister, the one the boys all go crazy for! I really love the juxtaposition of the sweet sounding Bianca and the in your face of the BOOM BOOM! Suits me perfectly 😉
Gracie: How long have you been on the scene?
Bianca: 2 years!
Gracie: Do you have a signature colour?
Bianca: I don’t have one on stage per say BUT I always have my red glitter lips and red Amber Ray hair flower!
Gracie: Can you pick a favourite body part?
Bianca: It’s a tie: The Booms (tatas) and The Bangs (gams)
Gracie: What is your most unique costume piece or prop?
Bianca: THE BOOMS!!
Gracie: I’m starting to see a pattern here;) What is your favourite part of creating a new act?
Bianca: The AH-HA! Moment of discovering the song, costume piece or movement that make it all come together. You never know when or where it will happen!
Gracie: Is there a theme dream out there taunting you? A show you’d love to be a part of?
Bianca: I have actually already had the opportunity to be a part of my 2 biggest dream theme shows: Broadway and Lady Gaga!
Gracie: Well, dream achieved then. What is your favourite venue to perform?
Bianca: In town: Revival Bar. On the road: Molly Blooms (Stratford), 3 Clubs (Los Angeles)
Gracie: Hey, wait, that’s 3 places. But I guess all 3 B’s get a choice. Now, for the loaded question: Do you think you’ll ever retire?
Gracie: Almighty then, what words would you like to share with budding show ponies?
- Watch all the burlesque you can. If you can’t afford to go to local shows, ask to help out as a kitten or on the door. Watch YouTube and BurlesqueStars.net; Figure out what you like, what you don’t and what you want to put out into the world. You will quickly see what makes the performers who are tops, tops.
- Research before developing an act. There is a lot of material out there and chances are something similar to your idea may already be in existence.
- Think about your backstage etiquette. It is just as important (if not more) than your onstage etiquette.
- Make sure your act is ready to be onstage before you put it there. Having one really good, polished act is far more valuable then having 20 unpolished numbers.
- Take class when you have the opportunity. It doesn’t have to be burlesque. There are heaps of classes that will enhance your skill set (or help you gain a new one!) and help you develop as a performer and a human being.
Gracie: Thank you so much! As always you’ve been a delight. You have become a positive example in our Toronto community and a charming Ambassador to the states and soon the world. For all my readers, you can follow Bianca’s festival frenzy and local shows at the links below. See you next week!
Facebool: Bianca Boom Boom Fan Page