We had the good fortune of connecting with Stella Rose and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Stella, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
I am passionate about a lot of things, which can be a power or a curse depending on the day. My business idea was born from a desire to be autonomous, to blend all my passions together, and a necessity to continue creating and stay afloat financially through the pandemic. I have been working as a cafe grill chef for a handful of years, performing with burlesque shows, musicals and open mics at night, all while living in community and building a timber framed tiny house on a farm that very organically (teehee) turned into more of a cabaret teahouse than a home. I called it the Rose Lantern, and the glow from the shoji screen doors was so inspiring that I felt a real call to expand the physical entity of a Lantern, and create a Rose Lantern Productions Patreon account. The glow of the lantern is the warmth felt of souls gathering around a hearth to enjoy the most essential and fulfilling aspects of life–food, music, sensuality, and storytelling. I feel very called to be a hearth tender in this life, and I see that as hosting magical, musical, and delicious, moments in time that allow for the fourth wall to be broken and whimsey to rule. During a pandemic, that momentum was obviously slowed, so I focussed on my Patreon page, which has been a such a rewarding way to share my performances, connect personally with fans, and channel my love of creating a visually delicious world through video production. I am currently fundraising to create a mobile rose lantern that can pull up in a town like the circus, unfurl its sails, and put on socially distanced outdoor cabaret shows. At the moment, I am looking after my dad far away from my little lantern, so I am working on a virtual show, and creating a Rose Lantern Etsy page to do what I can with what I have, and sell candles and lanterns. It will all come together bit by bit and work towards the eventual dream of having a Rose Lantern tavern/cafe someday!!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Some part of me has always wanted to be the kind of person who could answer “so, what do you do?” quickly and without searching the sky for words. A bigger part of me is proud of the way things are coming together slowly. My career is just beginning, and it does feel like I am slowly stitching my different passions together, and with clarity and confidence I can finally say “I’m an artist.” I’ll be the first to say, I have led a privileged, and somewhat unusual life with parents who encouraged my ever shifting creative endeavors while also moving my family around the country every couple of years. Following one’s heart was paramount, for better or worse, and I became very good at being creative amidst constant change. I tried out many different instruments and never truly stuck with anything except for voice. I struggle with this daily, but I am slowly becoming more and more proud of myself for quitting so many things. Instruments aside, I have taken leaps of faith away from Musical Theatre school, city life, my engagement, and so many different side jobs. Each step away has brought me a step closer to my ever evolving, authentic contribution to this world. Burlesque came to me after I called off my engagement and needed to reconnect to my personal sensual sovereignty. I love the community it fosters, and the way it brings people together into a safe, lighthearted space to explore and comment on our sensuality, role in society, and humor as humans. Every individual gets their moment to shine and be one hundred percent authentic, rather than fit into someone else’s container of archetype and vocal range. On the other end of things, I’ve been writing songs and stories since I was a little girl, it just feels very natural and needed for my own processing of my experiences. Recording my first single “Diamonds” was my first step in a singer songwriter direction, but the truth is I feel that I am creating a one woman show rather than an album so I’m letting that be my focus and goal. A pandemic has been actually a really good time to take my time and birth something I am actually proud of. I have always loved to charm, seduce and light up a room… For me, storytelling is integral, and I feel inspired to harness the magical realism of musical theatre storytelling and create new, intimate, inclusive, innovative cabaret shows that allow every performer to be real, and every audience member to be a part of the show in some way. I want to continue creating more Dolce Cabarets, the first one was a cultivated, pop-up, dinner theatre, variety show… and I believe it will translate very well to TV, so stay tuned!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
On Oahu, I would take you to Morning Brew Cafe for an oat cake and a chai, Bookends to pick up an old book of hawaiian history, the windward beaches by day, and the North Shore for sunset. We would walk through Koko Head Crater Botanical Gardens, and spend the afternoon at Honolulu Academy of The Arts and/or the Bishop Museum. We would finish the night in Chinatown. Art at Mark’s garage for a gallery, bookstore and performance space experience, food at Downbeat Diner, Opal Thai or the Pig and The Lady, and wind down at the Dragon Upstairs with a gypsy jazz band and drob by swing dancers. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my ancestors, and all the incredible artists that paved the way for women to be autonomous and be heard, so often against so many racial and patriarchal roadblocks. Thank you Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, and Josephine Baker to only name a few. Thank you to my muse, my great grandmother, the original Stella Rose, I create in part because you couldn’t continue to do so. As for those in the here and now, I would like to throw a huge shoutout to Full Circle Farm, my home for the last 3 years, and the efforts of Sean Anderson and Alexandra Butterbaugh to create a safe, sustainable, regenerative space that is continually finding ways to close loops, whether it’s through creating the dankest compost on Oahu, to gathering once a week to circle up as humans in community and share in an intentional and safe space. I am so grateful for your support in all things creative, and allowing me to design and build on your land. The lantern became the lantern from many hands, first and foremost, Jacob Roberts who used his study of Japanese timber-frame carpentry to build the lantern with me. I was honored to create with you. Every lantern needs a light though, and I would also like to dedicate that light to Dani and Casey Marks Fife Ito. Whether they are tickling the keys on the Lantern porch, co-creating our first show, Dolce Cabaret, or slinging mac n/cheese out of a pirate ship (Shoutout to The Mac) at the Oregon Country Fair… they are home to me. Larry Bradfield, an insanely creative woodworker and painter who has built numerous set pieces for me to prance around on stage with, as well as the rose paneled windows for the lantern, casting rose shadows into the night. Thank you friends and family near and far, and specifically, my brother in law Tony Larocco who has opened his doors to me in this tender and precarious family time, while encouraging and supporting my musical journey daily. Give his band Pale Blue Dot a listen! I am in deep gratitude to two virtual teachers that are keeping me focussed, healthy and sane during this pandemic. My vocal and spiritual coach, Deonna Marie, and my sensual healing guide, Perle Noire. Morning Brew Cafe, The Collective in Kailua, Anna O’Brian’s, The Cherry Blossom Cabaret, and The Monthly At Anna’s shows… I give deep gratitude for all of these venues and producers who have held space for me to create. Thank you Tylandia Art for this specific shoutout!!!

Website: https://www.Patreon.com/theroselantern

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ms.stella.rose/?hl=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stella.rose.77964

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/tarahdeva

Other: www.tarahdeva.com

Image Credits
Jeremy Pearl Brianna LaRocco Tom Quach River West

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