Interview with a International Boylesque Star: Trash Valentine

Who are you?

Trash Valentine is London’s Las Vegas show boy and Mr Boylesque Australia 2016!

What projects are you currently working on?

Trash Valentine in a finalist in Mr. Boylesque UK and co-produces Vicious Von Vixen's Vaudeville which was nominated for Best Cabaret in the QX Magazine Cabaret Awards 2019.

Who is your favourite performer and why?

Trash's favourite performer is Sammy Sparkles in Perth, Australia. She's incredibly bubbly, cheeky and true to herself. She's not afraid to push boundaries and push herself even harder. She's an inspiration that keeps Trash going!

What got you into performing and what do you get out of performing?

Trash's partner is a compere and performer. They were hosting burlesque shows when Trash was introduced to it. Who doesn't want to be like all the glitterati?

If any, what are the similarities and differences between you and your stage persona?

Trash is incredibly fun and has an infectious, over-confidence. He's a riot and notorious flirt. But it's certainly a stage persona. His alter-ego is very down to earth, humble and enjoys a quiet night in playing board games with friends. You'd never connect the two together!

Do you have any show day rituals?

Trash always packs his costumes the night before and always puts his liquid eyeliner first. He's a makeup novice and that stuff if tricky AF!

If you could go back in time to meet yourself just before your first performance, what would you tell yourself?

A lot of people will tell you who you are and what burlesque is. You'll feel happiest when you let that go and follow your inspiration unashamedly - your heart will lead you to more success than you can appreciate!

What was your biggest performing disaster or funniest moment?

Everything that could go wrong did go wrong at the Mr. Boylesque Australia final in 2016. Trash fell over, his costume broke, his back up performers missed their cue. But in the end, it didn't matter. All that stress for nothing. Now nothing can phase him as much as that experience.

If money was no object, what would your dream costume look like?

Trash has won awards for his costumes: the ones he and his mum crafted together. They're made with love, toil and tears. The making of the costume and the act is as rewarding as actually performing it. He wouldn't let anyone take that away.

How difficult is it to come up with new ideas for acts and costumes? Where do you find inspiration, and how do you get over ‘creative block’ if you get it?

Trash lets the inspiration find him. The acts he's forced are the ones he's let go. Sometimes he needs a push: A deadline or a promise to a producer. That's what gets him going - the fear of failure and the excitement of success!

How difficult is it to get gigs, and what do you suggest performers do in order to get more gigs?

Trash is fortunate to have a supportive circle of friends and fantastic word of mouth. Going to shows, introducing yourself and networking is key. People are great judges of character. Be authentic and eager - it will come.

What advice do you have for new performers or those who are looking to start performing?

Do it for yourself. You may not become confident or love your body in real life, and people may not understand it. But performing gives you the opportunity to live your life by your rules so a brief moment. There's an amazing power you command on that stage. Enjoy it for what it is. It's exhilarating!


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