Secret Life of a Producer: Va-Va-Voom Productions

Secret Life of a Producer: Va-Va-Voom Productions

To follow on from last week’s Secret Life of a Producer blog, this week I’m interviewing this gorgeous young lassie.  I’ve worked with her, performed with her, and had a quiet tipple too *cough* and was eager to see what she gets up to in her wee Vaudevillian office! 

1) How long ago did you start producing events?
About four and a half years ago. 
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I am a professional Drama teacher and have produced and directed several plays and performances for schools and companies. However, it was this time two years ago, that I was in the shower and a light-bulb went on in my head. “why not create a show that showcased a variety of different performance styles in one show?”. So I did and it is now known as Lilly Loca’s Vaudeville Cabaret. I have produced several other events since then, cooperatively and solo, such as 60’s club night Pussy Liquor, and dance-hybrid B-Boy vs. Burlesque. I now run my own production company, Va-Va-Voom Productions which specializes in cabaret, burlesque and vaudeville events and shows. I hope to get back to my roots and do some more theatre this year as well. Got quite a few exciting projects coming up!
2) What type of things would you have on a normal “Producer” work day?Haha, is there such a thing as a “normal producer work day?” The thing I love about being a producer is that no two days are ever the same – it’s not like a 9-5 office job where you do the same old thing every day. Typically though, I’ll get up, have a strong coffee and protein filled breakfast (an essential part of the beginning of my day) head to my computer, check emails, plan/organize upcoming or potential events, do administrative work such as run sheets, production timetables, etc. (there is A LOT of admin as a producer), promote my events through social media and on-line sources, promote my company, go out and buy props, organize lighting and sound, check out venues, research performers and the list goes on. Obviously I don’t do all of that in one day, but it’s a pretty huge job! 

3) “Producer” covers allot of different jobs that you’d do in the process of putting on an event. 

Can you share your most favourite of them all?Oh my absolute favourite would have to be: Marketing, publicity, organizing schedules and essential production documents (I think I’m a bit OCD!), liaising with cast, crew, venues and sponsors and keeping in touch with fans of the shows. I’m a real people person so love jobs that have me interacting with people.

4) Your least favourite job as a producer?
Applying for funding. Only because it’s rather difficult filling out the forms! Otherwise, I don’t think there is anything I really don’t like. Something that grinds my gears, is on the day of a show, while I’m not only the producer, but production manager and the go-to person for the cast and crew, is when people try to call or text you wanting tickets for the show. Honestly – I have a million and one things to think about and do, and the last thing I need is people calling me asking me personally to try and squeeze people in or hold tickets. That’s what a FOH ticketing person is for! Ok, rant over πŸ˜‰ 
5) What is the most exciting event you’ve ever worked on in an organizational sense?Ohhh golly! Um.. organizational wise.. probably the one I have coming up, which is a fortnightly event called ‘Whisper 150’ – based on the prohibition Speakeasy clubs of the 1930’s. It’s great because I’m collaborating with Hard Luck Cafe for it, and I’ve got to think really outside the square in terms of marketing and publicity because Speakeasies were generally very underground, and only those “in the know” knew about how to access it, get bookings, etc. So need to think rather creatively about getting people along, without being too “in your face” about it, to keep it authentic. 

6) What have you got coming up that your really looking forward to?  ( This is your chance to pimp your event!)
Next week, I have the sixth Lilly Loca’s Vaudeville Cabaret show as a part of the Auckland Fringe Festival called ‘Vivacious Vaudeville – A Fringe Special!‘. This will be our kookiest show yet! We have a fabulous cast on board such as: 
Willow Noir – The Current Miss Burlesque New Zealand – She’ll make you hot under the collar Looney Rouge – Serving sumptuous servings of sexy swing
Ken Samson– ‘Romano Zucchini’: In your face and in your pants interactive comedy
Lilly Loca – MC and Theatrical Vaudevillian – Putting the Va-Va-Voom into Vaudeville
Patty Haag – The Hideously Fabulous Stage Kitten
The Speitatet – Swinging, Grooving, Spontaneous Jazz Trio

Plus we also have three amazing ‘Vivacious Vaudeville Prize Packs’ to be won (one each night of the show) to ticket holders! Patty Haag will be coming around before the show and issuing raffle tickets (so make sure you are on time!). Each prize pack has over $500.00 worth of goodies inside! Our fabulous prize sponsors are Purdy Corsetry, Live & Let Dye, Miss T Pinups, The New Zealand Burlesque Festival, Queenie Mays Vintage Skincare and BodyFX.
It’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun. It’s held at The Loft in Q Theatre. Tickets are $30-$35 from

Photo credits
Cast Photo, Nat web – Photo by Jocelen Janon
Vivacious Vaudeville poster designed by Peter Heckman
Nat_Clinton – Photo by Clinton Cardozo 
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Things I love Thursday!!

Things I love Thursday!!

Some 2012 Things I love Thursday posts Here and Here

It’s about time I wrote another of these… I’ve been running around like a headless chicken working my butt off as a producer, performer, model, and Blogger, its really time that I stopped and smelled the roses… So today here are all the things I am thankful for!  I’m loving my life right now so its the opportune time to stop and say thank you to the Universe and all the amazing people I love and love to have around! Click in to see more!

Family time…  I saw a cute quote the other day that said ” Friends: When can I come over?, Close friends: I’m coming over. Best friends: In your living room already”  It really does have an element of truth.  I love a busy house full of people, laughing, chilling, and hanging out having fun!

Photo by Aych

Food. I know this seems a weird thing to put on my “Things I love” list since I’m doing a ReBoot Detox right now. Fruit and veggies, I love them I have to confess and its awesome having access to such a huge variety of delicious fresh sweet NOMMY food that’s so so good for my body.  Bring on the next week of Juicing!


Pride!  Its one day till the Pride Gala, the opening of the Auckland Pride festival the first LGBTI celebration we have had in Auckland since 2003. (I think that was the last one??) Its so exciting to see the whole community working so hard to put everything together, events, shows, parade floats, masses of people, costumes, banners and everything social media that goes with it!  I’m doing heaps and am loving every moment of it!!

Photos, sunsets, museums, parks and gardens.  I spent yesterday afternoon/ evening in Auckland domain with two photographers and a make-up artist.  The outcomes so far have been amazing… I am very excited about the rest of the day’s sets too.  Here is a sneaky peek of me being a landlocked mermaid princess…

Photography by Natasha Hing more coming soon by Moppie!

Surprises and Photos! Find new photos that haven’t been published yet lurking in my inbox and getting an exciting surprise to boot!! I’m Judging Miss Pin-Up New Zealand at the Very Vintage Day Out in April.  HOW EXCITING!

Photography by Miss T Pin-Ups

Going out and dressing up!  There is something fantastical about getting all dressed up to go out.  It has its similarity’s to getting into costume to go on stage I suppose.  The difference being the stage is life and the cast is YOU! I love to make a great first impression and there’s no better way to do it than colour and sparkles. Here’s some images for the Great Burlesque Dinner (International style)!  Thanks to Red Rascal Productions

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Life of a Producer: Queerlesque

Life of a Producer: Queerlesque

I thought I’d write about producing events and what goes on behind the scenes.  More often than not one would buy a ticket then turn up to an event and that is the only two interactions you have with that brand.  Weather it be a Burlesque event, a fashion show, or any kind of night life event there is a whole lot of work that gets done well before the event and all the way leading up to the date.

This is not intended in a negative way, instead to highlight and thank those who slog long hours to make this kind of thing happen!  Those who run events or produce generally do it because the love it.  They love the satisfaction of seeing an event come to fruition and the excitement of planning and running an event. Click in to see more!

I’ve been wanting to write about this for a while.  If you are a Producer of an event I want to interview you!! It’ll be an interview series, similar to what I’ve done with my “Not Your Normal Job” series.  “Life of a Producer” contact me if you’d like to be part of this series.  
To start all of I thought I’d lead by example with myself, Producer of Queerlesque!

How long ago did you start producing events?
I started when I was 15, can you believe it?  I used to teach Irish Dance classes and put on a mini end of year production and I’ve still got the VCR tape of the show!  Since then I’ve run troupe’s of Go-Go dancers and more recently I am the proud mama of my Queerlesque baby all over New Zealand and hopefully into 2013 Australia…

What type of things would you have on a normal “Producer” work day?
Oh let me start with last weekend!  I went to about 8 different retail and wholesale store to price up fabric, I spend a couple of hours with a DJ to create a mix-tape of sorts for the Queerlesque Showcases we have coming up, I met with the creative directors of an event and discussed what they wanted for their show and what I could put together, I discussed lighting and rigging. Then once I got home I started emailing: show and performer bios, writing MC notes, co-coordinating and booking performers and finally all things social media.  Unless I have someone to help with all of these things I do them mostly on my own in my spare time around my 9-5 job which I still keep.  Crazy?  Yes probably.  Hyper-active and driven? Absolutely!

“Producer” covers allot of different jobs that you’d do in the process of putting on an event.  Can you share your most and least favourite of them all?
My favourite part of being a Producer is the first five minutes after the event is over! Okay, just kidding.  I really enjoy having lots of things to keep my brain occupied and my evenings busy.  I find there to be nothing more boring than an evening wasted, doing nothing. Not saying I don’t spend the occasional night in front of the TV. I most certainly do, but with my mobile phone at my side multi-tasking at the same time.

Your least favourite job as a producer?  
Trying to keep everyone happy?  Before, during and after.  I suppose the stupid unexpected things that happen that you really just have to keep your cool and deal with it.  I’m really luck that I really awesome team behind me, from stage managers, stage kittens, door people, MC, performers and loyal supporters!

What is the most exciting event you’ve ever worked on in an organisational sense?
Auckland Pride Festival 2013!!  I’m pulling together three mini Showcase shows, a Parade float, and a full blown event to top it all off, all in the space of a week and a half.  And that doesn’t take into account any performing I’m doing myself during that same time period.  Its been exciting and a huge learning curve dealing with ticketing agents, corporate advertising, sponsorship and grant applications and looking after a huge number of clients and performers.  Did I mention I love working to deadlines?

What have you got coming up that your really looking forward to?  ( This is your chance to pimp your event!)
Can I name a couple??  There’s the Fringe Festival show I’m Emceeing, and the closing party of the Pride festival, incidentally called Proud and being held at the newly revamped and restored Victoria Park Market complex.  Exciting!  I couldn’t finish with out mentioning my Producer baby, the Queerlesque show.    We have performers from Wellington coming up, and a huge line up of musical acts before the show too.  Its my Queer Burlesque, circus, cabaret, and vaudevillian dream come true!  Come along and watch people!

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This week, what I did and what I wore: WIDTW WIWT

This week, what I did and what I wore: WIDTW WIWT

I’m trying to to talk nonsense too often but sometimes you see acronyms all over social media and just think OMG what on earth does that mean.  Too not appear silly or abusing the “Lazy-Web” often I’ve googled terms and quite quickly been able to find an answer.  Thank goodness, because there’s nothing more embarrassing then looking silly on the internet – Right?! *cough*
However I’m just going to stick with “What I did this week!” Sound simple enough?  I’ll start off with photos from the AUT Rookie Fashion show.  It was amazing.. with an wiggly runway meaning pretty much everyone got a fantastic view, hosted in Shed 15 on Lower Wellesly Street.  A huge venue but perfect to cater to the massive crowd who came out to support.  Each designer showed about 5 pieces and the models were fantastically choreographed and stunning.

 By comparison The NZ Fashion Tech show was hosted in the Freemans Bay community center and of the whole show there were only 3 really stand out collections of 3 pieces and a Kleenex Paper Dress.  The top three collections wouldn’t have looked out of place at the AUT Rookie show at all. Congratulations to them all for graduating another year of hard slog, creation, stress planning and design!  We can’t wait to see next season.

 I attended the Eco-Store Fashion Show – 540  Garments all made of recycled or re-purposed fabric and clothing.  Beautiful for summer and I can totally see my self wearing the pink collar below. Its gorgeous!

 Some gratuitous cell phone photography – of course. Documenting life from the Fashion Front Row, or at least the Miss Phlossy Roxx version!

  And Supporting Movember – PLEASE DONATE HERE:

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Things I love Thursday: The Movember Edition

Things I love Thursday: The Movember Edition

Things I love Thursday!  It isn’t often I remember to do this, but I love the concept.  And since the dastardly full moon wrecked havoc on my moods for the last couple of days its really nice to be smiling and feeling appreciative for so many things!

Having a rad flat/ flatmates!   Pink leopard print heels from Senso Being able to live and work in an environment that lets me have pink hair and be my crazy self     Diversity Training – Its good that people are trying work towards understanding how to work with all different cultures, race, ethnicities, sexualities, genders, marital and employment statuses etc. in a positive way!   Pink Gorilla pod camera stand   Dark Chunky Chocolate  Pink Rhinestone covered computer mouse    A Pink cactus    An amazing new couch that got shipped up by some awesome friends in Wellington!   The opportunity to attend amazing events such as Hit the Pavement by M.A.C. and the Vodafone NZ Music Awards!   Getting to wear designer threads out on their behalf for an event!  SUNSHINE and good weather!   Being in a rad team for Movember!

Such an amazing event – really great work by the team and awesome to meet so many new people!  You all rock my sox!

My two options for Movember!
My Halloween Make-up Candy Skull / Day of the Dead ~ Dia de los Muertos face
Lighting a candle for loved ones pass on All Hallows Eve
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Post Fashion Week: Burlesque Events Guide

Post Fashion Week: Burlesque Events Guide

Looking back over the past few weeks of blog posts I see “Fashion Week, fashion week, fashion week”.  Which was fair enough right, considering I spent a week doing it full time and then some, photographing and being photographed.  I thought however I’d break up these posts (I still have more Post Fashion Week stuff I want to edit then upload) with a little bit of colour, a dash of glitter, cupcakes and rhinestones!  “How?”

Photo by Miss T Pin-Ups

(Talking about Rhinestones, later I’ll post you some photos of the pretty things I picked up from the Swarovski Crystal sale…) Right now however its all about Burlesque.  If this is your first time reading my Blog, firstly WELCOME, secondly I write allot and perform about just as much!  Blogger and Burlesque dancer – See I even put it on my business cards!

This weekend just gone I road-tripped down to Te Awamutu, to visit my Aunty and Uncle and while perform. It was a cute wee event and sold out to a town that hadn’t really ever seen a show like it before! Coming up between now and Christmas (when I escape to head to the Philippines) I have events booking up fast! Here are just a few that I can announce at this stage!

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Tempo Dance Festival Event info Here: or Book Tickets Here:
So now you have no excuses – If you have never seen Burlesque before you can check it out, learn or watch at any of the above events.  I’ll be sure to write more about them closer to the dates, and give you a wee behind the scenes tour on one or two.  This doesn’t include events I don’t yet have posters and flyers for.
This includes two events coming up in the wonderful Wellington / Wellywood and a Dr Sketchy Auckland in early October!   See you there!!  x

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