Creative with the craftiest of crafts and wielding wit sharper than an exacto blade, Mona S’Amor wows her audience with intricate detailed costumes, poppy colors, and bright-eyed “come hither” glances. An enchantress of the creative arts realm, there’s always room for S’Amor.
What inspired you to start burlesque?
I saw one show and I was hooked. During the show, they had a group performance by “students” – I turned to my husband and said, “I wanna do that!!!”
How did you come up with your first routine?
After listening to a long list of songs I thought would at some point, make a good routine, I settled on one where the idea seemed to come together a little more than the rest. I thought, “I’m lost and I’m looking for my baby…what kind of baby would she be looking for?” and my Little Bo Peep routine was born.
How long have you been doing burlesque?
How have you changed, onstage and backstage in that time?
I have become more confident and more comfortable with my own body. It’s the only one I’ve got so I guess it’ll do!
What tips can you give aspiring performers?
Just breathe. And smile. ..Ok, ok, I stole that one from Tyra…
You had your first hosting experience recently…what was that like?
So much fun! I have a (dirty) comment for almost everything, so it seemed fitting to stand me up on stage with Jeff and put a mic in my hand.
Do any of your bar tending skills play into performance?
Not really for performing, but my life is full of multi-tasking and working on 100 projects at once, and that definitely helps with scheduling, performances, and rehearsing with other Angels.
Tell us about your Paint Party classes that your mild-mannered alter ego teaches.
It’s very similar to the big-business places around town where you paint and drink wine, but you host the party at your house, and I come to you! Sometimes it’s a painted canvas piece, sometimes painted wine glasses, sometimes greeting cards, a collage piece, the list goes on and on. (I also host them at my house occasionally as well as teach private art lessons for children and adults.)
What’s been your most memorable onstage moment?
When my bestie, R2D2, kicked me with his spinning legs…and then the very next night, hit my wrist with his wrench-dick. It hurt both mentally and physically. How could he do that to me?!
Any embarrassing moments?
Yes, but I’ll never tell…
What’s your favorite part of burlesque?
Working on costumes. I love seeing the idea come together and turn into something beautiful.
Are there any parts of burlesque you loathe?
I loathe the week before a performance (of a new routine). This always seems to be crunch time and I never feel prepared enough – whether it’s because of costuming, choreo, rehearsals still needing to be scheduled, etc.
Would you prefer to fly or be invisible? Why?
Is BEING a fly an option? Because although being totally disgusting as far as a creature goes, I would both be able to fly AND damn near be invisible – only the cats in the room would know I was there.
If you could describe your essence as a flavor of ice cream, what flavor would you be?
It depends. What’s your favorite?