We had the good fortune of connecting with Eden Berlin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eden, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
I think the thing outsiders are not aware of are the costs of costumes, probs, dance lessons as well as the time it takes to refine the look- the vintage hairstyles and makeup, the moves and really just the general vintage vibe. A lot of time is being spend also to get ready for a show, to get into the look takes most of the time. There is so much more to a performance than just the few minutes you get to see on stage.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets one performer apart from another is probably attention to detail and having a certain vision of what you want to be and what you don’t want to be and follow that path as consequently as possible. My start in burlesque came rather easy as at that time the scene especially in Europe was still small and and it was like a new trend for events/Bars/Clubs to book burlesque performers. The bookings were plenty and the money was great. Nowadays we have a huge scene of burlesque performers around the world and that sometimes makes things a bit more tricky but of course on the other hand also more fun. I had a great time expressing myself in completely new ways when i came up with the idea to integrate interactive video animation into my shows. It had never been done before in Burlesque and I’m still very proud of that. My show “Eden and the swan” in which I interact with a video animated swan gave me the amazing opportunity to work with Franco Dragone in Macau, China for a year as well as other great shows all around the globe. I think what I’ve learned is that when you can imagine it you can make it a reality. The road might be a bumpy one but its definitely all worth it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Living in L.A. a bit over 2 years now I am still discovering so much… I’d say everything that has to do with exploring some of the great old Hollywood mysteries is worth doing. It was one of my great joys to hike up to the famous spider pool and shoot there but you can just find so many treasures here everywhere just walking around your neighborhood, visiting griffith park, going to the magic castle, doing some vintage-shopping or (before/after corona) going to one of these amazing down-town theaters for an event and soaking in the decadent athmosphere.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Well it definitely was when I discovered Dita von Teese over Marilyn Manson when I saw Burlesque and Fetish Art for the first time and it changed my life around. What inspired me so much and to this day is how I realized sexual expression or erotica doesn’t have to be cheap, clichè and showing the woman in this man-pleasing role. You can be strong , powerful, glamorous, elegant and portrait a sophisticated and self-created idea of identity and can be your very own version of what you think is sexy. This is really mostly about the art of making sexy elegant and about creating the person you want to be for me.
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