In our ongoing Q&A series --"The Candy Gram"-- we ask the same quirky questions of burlesque's various performers. If you want to be added to the mix, drop us a line at kellydinardo AT gmail DOT com. Today, say hello to Mimi Rockafellar.
What is your hometown?
How long have you been interested in burlesque/performing?
I've been interested in burlesque for two years now ever since I found the audition notice, I've been interested in performing since I was around five and would watch musicals and got to perform at my dance school's recital
How many pairs of pasties do you own?
I don't own any, only because we don't use them in our show but I have always been curious to buy a pair for personal reasons.
What are your three favorite songs to perform to?
If Loving You is Wrong, Rag Doll and Big Spender.
What three items could you not live without as a performer?
Fishnets, caffeine, and eyelashes
Who had the biggest influence on your career?
My sisters. My oldest sister for being blunt and honest with me and not sugar-coating things, which I always hated but loved at the same time. Lindsay because she has always been my biggest supporter, and my last sister Jamie because if it wasn't for her I wouldn't have ever gotten into dance
Who is your favorite burly queen?
Gypsy Rose Lee, there is one particular routine I saw and the whole time she is talking about thinking of Shakespeare or a painting by Monet while barely taking anything off and I love that because even the men in the crowd were fascinated and applauded her at the end of the routine when even though she took stockings, garters, and her bra off she still had her dress on.
What's the last movie you saw?
Mama Mia. I saw the musical years ago and I was a little hesitant to go see the movie version, but I was actually quite pleased with it
What's on your must-see-TV list?
With the busy schedule that comes with performances, rehearsals and what not it's really hard to get to watch anything. Thank God for Tivo. I love Mad Men and The Girls Next Door. I love comedy and I love crime scene shows. For the most part I'm a re-runs kind of gal of old shows that don't come on anymore
What book is on your nightstand?
I'm a sucker for steamy romance novels so everything in my nightstands are different ones that I have been told to read, sometimes I'll stay up till 5 a.m. because they're so good.
If you could go anywhere for vacation, where would you go?
Either to a tropical destination like Bora Bora or on a cruise.
If you could have any superpower, which one would you want? Why?
Mind reader. I'm so curious about what is going in certain people's heads.
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