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 Red Snapper.
What is your hometown?
Born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, but Los Angeles has been home for 7 1/2 years now.
How long have you been interested in burlesque/performing?
I've been acting since I was five. I got into pole dancing classes about three years ago. I caught wind of burlesque two years ago, started studying and was performing six months later.
How many pairs of pasties do you own?
What are your three favorite songs to perform to?
Everlong by Foo Fighters, Do Nothin' Til You Hear From Me by Lena Horne and You Never Can Tell by Chuck Berry. The last one is great fun because Mr. Snapper and I re-enact Jack Rabbit Slim's Twist Contest from Pulp Fiction, and he strips with me.
What three items could you not live without as a performer?
Safety panties, fake eyelashes and bottled water.
Who had the biggest influence on your career?
Yikes. I've had so many incredible teachers that this is hard to answer, and every one of them has helped shape me into the performer I am today. Jo Boobs was the one who set me on the right path. I wanted to know how to twirl tassels, Googled it and found her website and e-book. I started attending classes with various teachers from there.
Who is your favorite burly queen?
Tigger! He popped out to Los Angeles earlier this year and I had the joy of doing three shows and a class with him while he was here. He's so unapologetically himself, very bold in his performances, and an all-around good time.
What is your favorite item of clothing?
My John Mayer hoodie. I have fifteen John Mayer shirts, four of which are hoodies.
What’s the last movie you saw?
In the theater - The Reader. I watched M in film class.
What’s on your must-see-TV list?
I'm a rabid Lost fan. I'm also addicted to The Office. Not a day passes that I don't say "That's what she said." I try to catch Gossip Girl when I can.
What book is on your nightstand?
Walter the Farting Dog and Watchmen. Real high brow stuff.
If you could go anywhere for vacation, where would you go?
I'd love to go back to Paris. It's beautiful there. My husband and I were there many years ago, and we really want to go back.
If you could have any superpower, which one would you want? Why?
I'd want to be self-healing like Wolverine or Claire on Heroes. I'd probably take gymnastics classes if I could heal anything I broke within a matter of seconds.
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