Getting to Know Mona S’Amor

 

Photo: Angela Leisure Photography

Photo: Angela Leisure Photography

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?
3 years

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!

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Photo: Natalie Loftus

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.)

H6fbr5EANKcN_JL8Fj-R4YRdRDPGUqms9613LYz1lUkWhat’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?

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