We had the good fortune of connecting with Tito Bonito and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tito, why did you pursue a creative career?
I chose to pursue an artistic/creative career because it is one of the very few things that makes sense to me. This world is filled with so much anger and art has been the one universal truth that I have known to make productive use out of it. Not just in the world but within myself, and even more so through comedy. Specifically, I found burlesque as a means to utilize as many different aspects of performance as I possibly could, while still maintaining the advantage of creating my own art. The journey I have experienced through burlesque and comedy has transformed my life. It has also allowed me to achieve many of my life long dreams including moving to Los Angeles and meeting/dancing with my childhood heroes TLC. Beyond all of that, the positive reactions (for the most part) I receive from my audiences is another conversation. It is absolutely one of the things that has motivated me the most through the toughest of times; which are inevitable through any artistic endeavor. No matter what, I know that following my heart and pursuing a creative career has proven beneficial to my life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
In simplest terms, I am a male burlesque performer and host/comedian. So, I am basically a “masculine” counterpart to the tease one would normally receive from a female dancer. In the last few years, I have also started working more as a comedic host for shows and festivals across the country. The thing that sets me apart from others is that there are very few male burlesque performers to begin with; especially Latino ones. Besides that I would have to say my diverse talents. I am constantly trying to outdo myself as a performer with acts that are not only comedic, but emotional as well. I am a hard worker and go above and beyond to create a positive environment around me at all times. Plus I have produced shows and online content for the past decade. Of course it wasn’t easy, and getting into this field was more of an experiment than a commitment. However, my best friend Jeez Loueez (who just so happens to be ranked the #1 Burlesque Performer in the World currently) introduced me to the art and got me first started. I owe everything to her and would be nowhere without her guidance, support, and love. I have overcome all my challenges because of her. My biggest lesson that I have learned along the way is to take life one day at a time. Life can change dramatically and instantly. To truly have peace, you have to exist in the present and be grateful for all that you have.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I feel like this is a trick question….. If this was early 2020, I would take them everywhere! Los Angeles has EVERYTHING to offer from beautiful beaches in the west to the downtown vibes. There’s a party every night of the week and there’s also so many chill spots to relax and lay low.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
JEEZ LOUEEZ (The greatest burlesque performer of all time and my main motivation) http://www.jeezloueez.me
Psyko Boys (Blue background and Shiny Jacket), and Danny Liao (Robin), Devil Photo (First Light)