Journal

First Lady Of Burlesque, The Memoirs of April March

After nearly two years of interviewing, reaserching, writing and editing, my book is finally published.…

Starting out as a cigarette girl in an Oklahoma nightclub at the age of seventeen, April March rose to the heights of burlesque. For over thirty years, “The First Lady of Burlesque," headlined clubs and theaters around the world.
In her public life, April March was considered one of the most beautiful and alluring woman in the business, romanced by celebrities, mobsters and millionaires. Off stage her life was filled with rejection, self doubt and a violent relationship.
In “First Lady of Burlesque, The Memoirs of April March,” Miss March speaks candidly about her eight marriages, her engagement to singer, Mel Torme, her encounter with a Saudi King that resulted in the delivery of secre

My New Book

After two nearly years of interviewing, researching, writing, rewriting, editing, rewriting again, editing again, it’s in the final stages and just about ready to be published.…

This has been a two year project working with a woman who has had an amazing life and career. I recorded hours of interviews, hear some unbelievable stories of affairs with celebrities, millionaire buisnessmen and mobsters. I had the opportunity to look through thirty years of photos, press releases and clippings that represent burlesque through the fifties, sixties and seventies.

It’s all finally coming together in a fascinating book that candidly explores the true life story of a teenaged girl from Oklahoma who rose to stardom as a bulesque performer, the good and bad decisions she made in her life and the diff

Working With Models: Part 2

Directing And Organizing Your Shoot…

So you have scheduled your first shoot with your model? Now you have to ensure that you have everything planned out, organized and are ready to direct whatever personality comes through the door.

Directing can be very intimidating when you have little experience in doing shoots with models. My first few times working with models, I was terrified that I would come across as the complete virgin that I was. I was sure the model would see right through me. The best way to deal with this is to set up a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere and to have a good idea of what you want and need and be able to express that as clearly as possible.

There is a fine line between directing to get what you want and totally dominating the shoot to the point of stifling the crea

Working With Models: Part 1

I do a lot of photography using models and have been asked a lot of questions by photographers who have never worked with models, but are interested in doing so. People want to know where to find models, how to book them for a shoot, tips on setting up a shoot with a model.…

I finally decided to put together a multi part article/tutorial on the subject of using models which I am going to post on a couple of different sites that I use.

Below is part 1, Finding and Contacting Models. I post it here both for the benefit of anyone looking for this type of information and also, since I am not a writer, to get any feedback from those looking for information on using models for the first time, on what would be helpful and make the information more readable.

If people seem to find this helpful, I

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