Getting to Know Karma D’Light

Karma D'Light

Photo: JT Thorpe Photography

The charismatic Karma is a pocket full of surprises! Learn more about this 80’s montage lovin’ woman and her mission to bring people together!

What inspired you to start burlesque?
After having my chakras balanced, I realized I wanted to get back into dance. I already saw the Angels in action and attended a Burlesque 101 workshop. So I asked if I could help at shows! I went from helping sell merchandise, to kittening, to performing! I love the creative outlet 🙂

How did you come up with your first routine?
I wanted to incorporate the dance I already knew from Janet Jackson’s “Miss You Much” video. As I was listening to an updated version of Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Starting Something” with Acon, I realized I could mash-up the two songs for an 80’s montage! So with the help of my mentor, Mona S’Amor, and the other Angels, I incorporated 80’s moves as I transformed from character to character.

How long have you been doing burlesque?
My first show was Honey Bourbon Boylesque in March 2014. I asked to kitten and ended up in 2 numbers!

How have you changed, onstage and backstage in that time?
I have more confidence in performing. I am learning to get ready quick in a small area. I find myself taking more chances and getting out of my comfort zone. I constantly want to push the envelope and see how far I can go!

What tips can you give aspiring performers?
Start by attending workshops and helping at the shows. You can learn a lot by watching the performers! Be yourself and have FUN!

What’s been your most memorable onstage moment?
During my solo debut, there was one part of the routine I was not sure if the audience would recognize from the 80s video “Miss You Much.” As the crowd erupted cheering and clapping, all I could think of is “OMG!!! They get it!!!”

Any embarrassing moments?
The first time I kittened for “The Princess Wore Pasties” Show and I realized I had to completely undress in front of strangers. My solo debut I had a melt down before I went on stage. Thanks to Katie who talked me back to sanity.

Photo Credit: Natalie Loftus

Photo Credit: Natalie Loftus

What have some of your challenges been, as a performer?
How to overcome stage fright, try not laughing when I get embarrassed, and coming up with routine ideas based on an already themed-show.

What’s your favorite part of burlesque?
There are so many! I love transforming to my other persona in the costumes and glitter. I am constantly pushing my persona outside the box. And meeting the fans, of course, is always fun!

Are there any parts of burlesque you loathe?
Unpacking after a show and body glue!

Tell us about Spark & Celebrate.
Spark & Celebrate ~ Event Growing Communities is my event planning company! I plan events such as fundraisers, galas, drag shows, flash mobs, book launches, and spiritual conventions. The idea behind each event is to bring people in communities together for the highest good of all. Together we can make a difference!

Tell us about the flash mob you organized.
A few years ago, I had an idea for a Glee-type flash mob with the theme “Everyone is Loved for who they are, as they are!” We danced to Lady Gaga’s, “Born This Way” and as in Glee, wore t-shirts with our vulnerabilities on the front. We wore jackets over the t-shirts, so every time you hear “Born This Way,” a group of people removed their jackets to reveal their vulnerabilities. Thanks to Indigo, a friend and choreographer, who helped me pull off this amazing endeavor! I want everyone to know they are LOVED! ❤

Click the link to see this awesome video!
http://youtu.be/d_fIYF40-HE

Photo Courtesy: Courtney Brooks Photography

Photo Courtesy: Courtney Brooks Photography

How has yoga affected your performance?

Yoga has changed my life. I am stronger both physically and mentally, thanks to meditation, and I am more flexible as well. Yoga is about accepting both yourself and your life, and being in the present moment.

Photo: JT Thorpe Photography

Photo: JT Thorpe Photography

If you could time travel with no consequences, where and when would you go?

I would travel back 10 years ago and tell myself to let go – everything is okay as it is. Enjoy life!
All of my dreams come true and then some ❤

If you could have lunch with any three people, past or present, who would you pick?
Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra, Jesus

If you could have dessert with any three people, past or present, who would you choose?  
Alanis Morrisette, Ellen Degeneres, Marianne Williamson

What is your perfect Jeopardy board (6 topics that you’d kick ass in)?
E! Entertainment, Full Moons, Chakras, Shoes, Spiritual Leaders, Cats

Would you prefer to fly or be invisible?  Why?
FLY! Travel and learn 🙂

If you could describe your essence as a flavor of ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Sweet cream with pop rocks exploding in your mouth!

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