Medusa Basics: 10 Essential Items For Performers

If you're new to the Medusa roster, a warm welcome! I know you must be excited to embark on this journey with us, and I'm very excited to share this experience with you. You will learn quickly that one of the most important aspects of this job is preparation.

You never know where this job will take you - from weddings to trade shows, nightclubs to out of town and back in the same day. Each job will have it's own unique criteria, but costuming is ALWAYS an integral part of our work. It's paramount you arrive with supporting items that will help you look your best. The easiest way to avoid forgetting any of these items is to have a performance bag stocked with these essentials at all times. I think unless you're beautifully bald, all of these items will apply to you.

1. False Eyelashes

To magnify your eyes and your soul.

2. Safety Pins

For quick costume fixes!

3. Hair Pins and Bobby Pins

My dance teachers would pull loose

hairs right off our heads!

4. Hair Ties

Do you have an extra hair tie?

You should have five.

5. Hairspray

Extra hold.

6. Red Lipstick

We like MAC's Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo.

7. Nudes

Only nude undergarments can be worn under costumes. Just ask Kim Kardashian.

8. Professional Dance Fishnets

We use Capezio's professional seamless fishnet tights... and so does Beyoncé (seriously).

9. Nude Pumps, Black Pumps

Simple, sexy pumps in your skin tone, and in black!

10. Glitter

(11. And makeup Remover wipes for the Glitter.)

These may seem like very obvious items to bring with you to a gig, but trust me when I say that NOT having even one of these items can literally put you into a state of emergency. I remember arriving backstage to my very first gig as a showgirl and realizing I was ill-prepared. I arrived in full makeup, but the venue lights washed me out, and the director asked me to re-apply my makeup and to fix my hair. At the time, I travelled on foot and didn't think of lugging around a full makeup kit with me. As a feeling of panic took over, I kept thinking to myself, "I'm going to get fired." Luckily, there was a makeup artist on site, and I was able to borrow a hair pin or two from each girl in the change room, but I didn't want to be known as THAT girl.

Avoid these stressful situations by thinking ahead of your shift. Give yourself time to pack and prepare. Arriving on point is always part of the job!

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