It’s time to bust out some flashback photography! I still perform bullwhips and knife throwing (mostly in my dangerous burlesque acts), but I have quite a bit more pinup modeling experience now and quite a few less dreadlocks. Early year Knife Throwing and Bullwhip Pinup photography by Alexis Williamson, graphics by Stephen Newell. Full set:
Mac decided he didn’t wanna do his own stunts, so we threw me in. I’ve never stunt doubled a man before, and am thankful the editors did such a great job obscuring my face – it actually worked! It’s one of those last minute decisions you make when you are on a music videoset. I was hired to stunt coordinate the Somebody Do Something music video’s three fight scenes and ended up fighting for the white model and Mac, too. I got to bring in good friend, kick ass chick Eva LaDare and worked with fellow animal activist, Cory Feldman, whom I has seen at an Animal Defenders International red carpet event we both supported last. Please enjoy my stunt choroegraphy and see if you can spot me doubling the fighters in Mac Miller’s new music video “Somebody Do Something”:
The back of my head made the film trailer – YES! I act and fight star Zoe Bell in Raze, on official Midnight Selection at TriBeCa Film Festival in NYC April 21st.
My fire pasties are featured in the ultra eye candy “No Money / No Love” music video by Heaven & Earth. I would work with this crew again ANYTIME!
Beautiful footage taken at the Luscious Maven Halloween Show at the Federal Bar in Oct 2012. This is my Blindfolded Pole Dance to Zeromancer’s “Wannabe”. I love the footage, but I have to say that putting video up of your first performances in a new sport is challenging to the ego! Because you are training and training and now I look at myself in this video from October and actually think how much stronger and more artistic I am now! Ego has accepted the challenge. I genuinely hope you enjoy seeing the stages of my pole dance progression. This sport really gives me a lot of joy and my upper body and core strength has become a source of great empowerment for me. Thank you, pole dance!
Winning awards always feels like finding a twenty dollar bill to me. Makes me feel fortunate, giddy and like spending it on twenty gawdy and sparkly items at the dollar store – one of the best feelings in the world!
I’ve been the recipient of BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (LA Movie Awards 2011) for my portrayal of Kielle in Silver Lake as well as BEST COMEDY ENSEMBLE (Indie Intertube Awards 2012) for my starring work as Princess Peach in Video Game Reunion. But this award has got to be the coolest. I mean where else, besides Bad Movies on Redbox, can one win the HOTT HOTTNESS AWARD – let’s get real! Consider that the film I was awarded this in is the horror movie, Creep Van, and there were plenty of nekkid titties in the film. Consider I only had a 4 minute cameo – with some great comedic dialogue, hand to hand stunt combat and yes; the biggest special effect in the film. Consider that the award giver is Bad Movies on Redbox. All of a sudden that twenty dollar bill just turned into one hundred – dollar store, here I come!
I’m seriously honored to receive this coolest of cool awards. Please check out Creep Van on iTunes or Amazon, enjoy a clip of my work below and some extra special set photos where you can see the inner workings (literally!) of my severing scene.
You don’t have to wear make up and you get to do all the fun stuff! Stunt and specialty doubling has some great perks. In this Cover Girl commercial, I stunt double PINK’s legs on glass-breaking close ups. Risk and reward:
I rarely turn out edits of my full length burlesque solos. Mostly because I know the average online video-audience attention span is 30 seconds or less, but also because I feel the art of video editing should match the art of the performance being edited and therefore, in true burlesque fashion, the video edit, too, should tease and tickle, leave something for the imagination and make you wanna come see my live show! But this one, ladies and gentlemen, is my first full length edit of an ENTIRE burlesque act. Why reveal the reveal? Because the crowd was so loud and nuts! Because the musicality to this Led Zeppelin song musn’t be missed. Because it’s a signature piece.
I just love hearing Sarah Audet’s “yeah”s. You know, in burlesque, when the ladies love ya, you know you’ve nailed it.
Led Zeppelin Burlesque Solo by Tonya Kay as a company member of The Lalas to Led Zeppelin’s “Can’t Quit You” at Skinny’s Lounge, North Hollywood CA 1/27/12.
The bass player for Quiet Riot and Heaven & Earth asked me to burlesque at his private Halloween party, Murder at the Oscars, last weekend. I do a lot of burlyQ gigs, but rarely do I get to perform to live music. Chuck and his close friends played an embellished version of Led Zeppelin’s Four Sticks (with the crazy time signatures!) and added a long improvisational interlude for me to bring up some brave audience volunteers for my whip act. His guests had no idea that I was even going to perform, so it was a huge surprise for them. And pure delight for me. Working off of live musicians is a movement and performance artist’s dream come true. Mark Peacock captured these photos in the dark lighting of the evening and I really love what he did with them – the low lighting and long shadows just add to the dangerous Halloween feel the evening really hosted. Enjoy: