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House of Trixie Blue- From Burlesque related shenanigans, flexibility classes and self-confidence!

20th December 2019
In this blog, we talk to Trixie Blue, Principal Enchantress of the Burlesque Enterprise House of Trixie Blue, about what inspires her and how she aims to inspire others in becoming more self-confident!
 

What was your first job?

Ah one of my best jobs, I adore my first job. I was a regular ice skater at my local rink throughout my childhood and teens. I managed to blag a job ice skating for a living and picking up the patrons that fell over. How class is that?
 

Tell us a bit about your current role?

I am the principal enchantress of House of Trixie Blue.
I am responsible for the day to day operations of the business (general admin, accounts, marketing, strategy, planning, procurement, health and safety, networking and retention) which outlay my roles and responsibilities.
I am a teacher, hen party provider, event producer, performer, compere, researcher.
Within these roles, they have their own responsibilities (choreography, costume creation, content creation, delivery of services, logistics, etc).
 

Give us an idea of how your normal day pans out?

Ooh, this is a tricky one, due to the nature of my business it is completely different each day. I do try and complete 60mins of day to day operations before I undertake any additional tasks in the job role section. I normally would teach or perform. No two days replicate each other.
 

How do you ensure that you are an inspiring leader?

Listen. I ensure I listen and follow through any action that we have decided to take.
I always try to be kind, fair and approachable.
 

What qualifications helped you to get where you are?

I firmly believe that having a theoretical background compliments the practicalities. I hold a 1st Class BA Hons degree in Film & Television Studies, and a PGCE. I am currently undertaking a PhD titled Traditions of Nostalgia in the Neo-Burlesque subculture to further expand my knowledge and contribute to my beloved burlesque community. The experiences undertaking these degrees (especially the partying social side) really contributed to a firm foundation in which to build my business on.
 

Why did you choose the industry that you are in?

I live for the everyday adventure and entertainment (with all the facets involved) provides the buzz that I crave. I love enabling others and the show biz lifestyle.
 

How did you get to the position you are now?

It is cliche to say hard work but it would be hard work and a positive outlook.
 

What do you hope to achieve in the future?

A weekend off!
 

What are your key motivators?

The exhilaration you get performing or teaching, it sparks me to continue. Not only this I thrive when a challenge is presented before me.
 

How do you maintain a work-life balance?

It is super tricky to maintain a work/life balance as a business owner. I do try and take down days but I find it difficult to switch off. A good book and a bath normally help.
 

How do you feel about being a positive role model?

I aim to be a role model that encourages others to unleash their inner goddess and to strive to be who they want to be.
 

What has been your biggest knockback?

Allowing myself to believe in me has been a challenge. This held me back on some big opportunities. I have learnt from these and realise that with all knock backs, you’ve got to get up and continue pushing forward.
 

What are your proudest achievements?

Personally, I am proud of my wonderful students on a weekly basis. I live to see others invest in themselves.
 

Does diversity really help organisations?

Absolutely, a range of backgrounds, ages etc continue to a high performance-based environment that provides enriching experiences for everyone.
 

What do you say to your male colleagues about equality?

As with female colleagues, I expect everyone to ensure they are accessible and inclusive and this, in turn, reflects equality.
 

Why is “yes she can" important to you?

I feel so strongly about your mantra of “she believes, so she leads” and want to inspire others to go for their dreams.
 

What’s great about being a female in your role?

As my business presents itself many roles, the overarching theme is that of manager/leader. It is important to me to ensure that I offer an inclusive and accessible environment in my business and having the power to make that happen really empowers.
 
I feel so strongly about your mantra of “she believes, so she leads” and want to inspire others to go for their dreams.
 
 

What three tips would you give to young females starting their careers?

Plan to fail – ensure you have a contingency plan in place for all eventualities. This will enable you to take risks into the career you want.
Live in the moment – sure it is important to plan for the future but don’t forget about the here and now. I use the 80/20 method, 80 per cent of the time my focus is on the here and now and 20% planning for the future.
Be kind – no matter what industry you are in it is important to be kind and thoughtful. Never let anyone dampen your spirit and if they do, kill it with kindness.
 

If you could change one thing about the working world what would it be?

Gender stereotypes for in the workplace.
 
Be kind – no matter what industry you are in it is important to be kind and thoughtful. Never let anyone dampen your spirit and if they do, kill it with kindness.
 

Who are your inspirations?

I am inspired by my amazing students and many motivational women as my inspirations (Katie Price, Jodie Marsh, Pamela Anderson).
 

What do you think we need to do to break down barriers in the workplace?

Offer an open and safe environment where communication lines can be focused.
 

What would you say to your 16-year-old self now?

All life experiences you have had will contribute to your resilience and determination as an adult.
 

What barriers have you faced in your career?

Continuous misconceptions about the form.
 

What motivated you to keep going?

Strength in my motivation came with my inherent resilience to strive and the importance of striving to provide an escape and infatuation with the form for others.
 
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