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"But I'm Scared"

Posted by Lisa Carmen on September 13, 2011 at 2:05 PM

These ladies know a thing or two about feeling the fear and doing it anyway!
This is their "post-show-afterglow!" Sexy, isn't it?
Photo by Cameron Kyle; Summer Session BUST-OUT 7.22.11

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by Lisa Carmen, aka Carmen Diablo


I often hear women say to me "I want to do this Burlesque Experience, but I'm scared..."  I have to chuckle from my own point of recognition- I'm scared quite often, too! But I do know this - that being scared no longer stops me from doing what I'm drawn to do.


In fact, IF you're scared, that's a great indication that this is something you should do. Feeling 'nothing' - eh... boring.


YES, you're scared- you should be. The entire Burlesque Experience will rock your comfort zones- from the dancing we do in class together that first week, to the big BUST-OUT the night you perform your solo for a live audience... this is scary stuff!


But it is also true that the joy, exhileration, pride and confidence you will feel on the other side FAR, FAR outweigh any fear you feel leading up to it.


In fact, I encourage women who AREN'T scared to check their pulse!


Instead of saying "I want to do this but I'm scared" what if you altered one little word... "I want to do this AND I"m scared."  You CAN be both scared and doing this. In fact, if you wait to NOT be scared, I doubt you'll do anything very exciting in your life!


SO come on ladies, FEEL THE FEAR and do it anyway. You will be sooo glad you did!


Burlesque Experience alumni, please comment below on the subject of feeling the fear and doing it anyway! I know YOU know how to do that!


p.s. Fall session is nearly filled up! Sign up asap to secure your spot! Class starts 10/7.


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3 Comments

Reply Zenda LaBelle
4:22 PM on September 13, 2011 
Fear kept me from doing things for too long, and all I did was work or sit around on the couch watching t.v. When I started facing my fears and trying new things, I learned about myself and the world around me, and I had fun. Now I have fun every week, if not every day. The Burlesque Experience was the ultimate fear-facing challenge. Because I dared to face sheer terror before going on stage, I now have more confidence as a whole, and I am participating in life even more. What a ride!
Reply Lisa Carmen
5:05 PM on September 13, 2011 
And girl, did you rock that fear! Your performance was gorgeous, sexy and inspiring. Since I've been doing burlesque, when I'm scared, I tell myself "if I could do THAT, I can do anything!"

You were (and are) amazing. :)

Zenda LaBelle says...
Fear kept me from doing things for too long, and all I did was work or sit around on the couch watching t.v. When I started facing my fears and trying new things, I learned about myself and the world around me, and I had fun. Now I have fun every week, if not every day. The Burlesque Experience was the ultimate fear-facing challenge. Because I dared to face sheer terror before going on stage, I now have more confidence as a whole, and I am participating in life even more. What a ride!
Reply Scarlet Peach
12:17 AM on September 16, 2011 
I have always been outgoing and wanting to try new things as long as it was with in my comfort zone. I am and have been confident in my abilities with work and such, but never really loved who I was on the outside. I had someone in my life that had convinced me that I wasn't a beautiful woman and brought me down every chance they had and I couldn't believe otherwise because it had been told for so long (in many ways directly and indirectly) that I wasn't good enough.

I was pretty apprehensive about burlesque because of this but wanted everything else that goes along with it. I loved the stage, was in dance and other like activities in high school and was passionate about doing it. I am also an artist and love dressing up! By making myself reveal what I was most self-conscious about, I faced my fears and I was able to show everyone the me on the outside too and found that what I had feared, not being thought of as sexy or beautiful was really all in my head. LOTS of people think I am and love the me on the inside too! This helped me to be more confident with all of me. I feel more complete now than ever in my life.

I wish I could express what this experience did for me. You know how when you were a kid and you learned that if one person says something and everyone says the opposite, that chances are, the one person is wrong? It was kind of one of those moments for me. I realized I am a powerfully sexual creature and I can accomplish anything I want when I put my mind to it.