Mina Murray is creating burlesque performances, costumes, writings on many subjects
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Greetings and welcome. I’m Miss Mina Murray, burlesque performer, teacher, costumer, culinary historian, and the one thing I never expected to be, writer.

Over a decade ago I co-founded The Boston Babydolls (now The Boston BeauTease) burlesque troupe and created The Boston Academy of Burlesque Education (B.A.B.E.). I love burlesque and all its aspects; I just wish it paid the bills.

I never considered myself a writer. In fact, in all my many years of schooling I loathed writing and was constantly being told I wasn’t any good at it. And yet, writing seemed like the best way to reach my fans, so more than 5 years ago I started a blog, Oh the Glamourous Life, a behind-the-scenes look at my not always so glamorous life in burlesque. Besides that, I started reviewing books, reporting on burlesque events, and sharing vintage recipes. And there's my most constant feature, Friday Tips: snippets of advice of all kinds. Think of me as the burlesque Martha Stewart meets the burlesque Miss Manners.

In 2016 some of my favorite and most useful tips were collected into a book, Miss Mina Murray’s Little Book of Better Burlesque. In 2018 I published Miss Mina Murray's LIttle Book of Burlesque Costuming, Vol.1: The Foundations. I have two more books – the second costume book and a cookbook – in various stages of progress. I never imagined I’d be an author, but teaching is a passion and writing allows me to reach a larger audience. Through my books and my blog, I can educate people who aren’t able to come to Boston.

They say that time is money, but money is also time. Right now I have a lot of demands on my time. I perform (which entails creating costumes, choreography, props, not to mention taking classes to improve, plus marketing and travel), I run B.A.B.E. (managing and training the staff, developing new courses, and promoting the school), I write (of course), and finally, I have a day job because none of the above would keep a roof over my head nor give me reasonable health insurance. With patronage, I can ease some of the demands on my time and work on the creative endeavors that satisfy my soul.

I have several goals I’d like to work toward with your help.

  • I have more “little books” in the works, but finalizing them and getting them published takes time that I don’t seem to have. With your support I can dedicate myself to buckling down and turning them (one at a time) into reality.

  • I have a new costume I’d like to make based on a fabulous costume from the Golden Age of Hollywood. It’s going to require a lot of research and improving some of my skills, not to mention some expensive materials.

  • Your support will help me pay for photoshoots, so I can bring you more fabulous photos. A good shoot involves photographers, hair & makeup artists, wardrobe, location, &c. I don't work for free and neither should any of the people involved in making me look great.

  • A picture is worth a thousand words. Is a video worth a thousand pictures? Writing allows me to reach students all over the world; videos make that teaching more effective. I’d like to improve my video equipment along with the skills to make better and more effective videos.

  • I love to travel to perform and your patronage will help make that possible. Right now I’ve performed in 14 states. That’s only 28% of the country! My goal is to reach 50% by the end of 2020. That’s only 11 more states.
Tiers
Constant Reader
$1 or more per month
  • Your support makes it possible to continue to write my blog. Think of this as the NPR or PBS option – your support allows everyone access to my on-line writing. I can safely promise I will continue to post 4-5 Friday Tips and at least one review (book or video) and one cooking post per month. I will let you know here when any new missive is up.
  • Access to my Patreon-only posts. I’ll make sure to let you know some juicy tidbits that I don’t share with the general public.
  • Exclusive backstage videos


Advisory Committee
$5 or more per month
  • I’m interested in what you want to read! Give me suggestions for topics and I’ll try to cover them in my writings. I’m interested in what you want to read! Depending on the topic, I may post it on my blog or I may only post it here for my patrons.
  • All previous rewards (more posts on my blog, access to my Patreon-only posts)


Art Appreciator
$10 or more per month
  •  At least two times a week, I’ll post a photo of myself. The pictures may be safe for work or NSFW. They may be professional shots or candids. If there’s a story behind the photos (and there often is) I’ll share it.
  • I’ll occasionally post brief candid videos to give you a peek behind the curtain into The Glamourous Life. 
  • All previous  rewards (more posts on my blog, access to my Patreon-only posts, suggest a topic)
Moving Pictures
$20 or more per month
  • At least once a month I’ll post a video expansion to one of my missives.
  • When I travel, I’ll send you a postcard.
  •  All  previous rewards (more posts on my blog, access to my Patreon-only posts, suggest a topic, photos twice a week, occasional brief videos)
Stage Door Johnnie
$25 or more per month
  • Once a month, I’ll post an intimate striptease video. It might be filmed on stage or in my house. I might strip out of a costume or maybe lingerie from my collection. It might be rehearsed or improvisational. The videos will be rated B for Burlesque – ending in pasties and a g-string. I’m happy to add to my collection of shoes or lingerie with gifts from my patrons.
  • All previous rewards (more posts on my blog, access to my Patreon-only posts, suggest a topic, photos twice a week, occasional brief videos, monthly video blog post, postcards)
Goals
5 of 20 patrons
When I reach 20 Patrons I will have a photo shoot with a particular costume and tell you the story behind the creation of that costume. It's a good one!
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Greetings and welcome. I’m Miss Mina Murray, burlesque performer, teacher, costumer, culinary historian, and the one thing I never expected to be, writer.

Over a decade ago I co-founded The Boston Babydolls (now The Boston BeauTease) burlesque troupe and created The Boston Academy of Burlesque Education (B.A.B.E.). I love burlesque and all its aspects; I just wish it paid the bills.

I never considered myself a writer. In fact, in all my many years of schooling I loathed writing and was constantly being told I wasn’t any good at it. And yet, writing seemed like the best way to reach my fans, so more than 5 years ago I started a blog, Oh the Glamourous Life, a behind-the-scenes look at my not always so glamorous life in burlesque. Besides that, I started reviewing books, reporting on burlesque events, and sharing vintage recipes. And there's my most constant feature, Friday Tips: snippets of advice of all kinds. Think of me as the burlesque Martha Stewart meets the burlesque Miss Manners.

In 2016 some of my favorite and most useful tips were collected into a book, Miss Mina Murray’s Little Book of Better Burlesque. In 2018 I published Miss Mina Murray's LIttle Book of Burlesque Costuming, Vol.1: The Foundations. I have two more books – the second costume book and a cookbook – in various stages of progress. I never imagined I’d be an author, but teaching is a passion and writing allows me to reach a larger audience. Through my books and my blog, I can educate people who aren’t able to come to Boston.

They say that time is money, but money is also time. Right now I have a lot of demands on my time. I perform (which entails creating costumes, choreography, props, not to mention taking classes to improve, plus marketing and travel), I run B.A.B.E. (managing and training the staff, developing new courses, and promoting the school), I write (of course), and finally, I have a day job because none of the above would keep a roof over my head nor give me reasonable health insurance. With patronage, I can ease some of the demands on my time and work on the creative endeavors that satisfy my soul.

I have several goals I’d like to work toward with your help.

  • I have more “little books” in the works, but finalizing them and getting them published takes time that I don’t seem to have. With your support I can dedicate myself to buckling down and turning them (one at a time) into reality.

  • I have a new costume I’d like to make based on a fabulous costume from the Golden Age of Hollywood. It’s going to require a lot of research and improving some of my skills, not to mention some expensive materials.

  • Your support will help me pay for photoshoots, so I can bring you more fabulous photos. A good shoot involves photographers, hair & makeup artists, wardrobe, location, &c. I don't work for free and neither should any of the people involved in making me look great.

  • A picture is worth a thousand words. Is a video worth a thousand pictures? Writing allows me to reach students all over the world; videos make that teaching more effective. I’d like to improve my video equipment along with the skills to make better and more effective videos.

  • I love to travel to perform and your patronage will help make that possible. Right now I’ve performed in 14 states. That’s only 28% of the country! My goal is to reach 50% by the end of 2020. That’s only 11 more states.

Recent posts by Mina Murray

Tiers
Constant Reader
$1 or more per month
  • Your support makes it possible to continue to write my blog. Think of this as the NPR or PBS option – your support allows everyone access to my on-line writing. I can safely promise I will continue to post 4-5 Friday Tips and at least one review (book or video) and one cooking post per month. I will let you know here when any new missive is up.
  • Access to my Patreon-only posts. I’ll make sure to let you know some juicy tidbits that I don’t share with the general public.
  • Exclusive backstage videos


Advisory Committee
$5 or more per month
  • I’m interested in what you want to read! Give me suggestions for topics and I’ll try to cover them in my writings. I’m interested in what you want to read! Depending on the topic, I may post it on my blog or I may only post it here for my patrons.
  • All previous rewards (more posts on my blog, access to my Patreon-only posts)


Art Appreciator
$10 or more per month
  •  At least two times a week, I’ll post a photo of myself. The pictures may be safe for work or NSFW. They may be professional shots or candids. If there’s a story behind the photos (and there often is) I’ll share it.
  • I’ll occasionally post brief candid videos to give you a peek behind the curtain into The Glamourous Life. 
  • All previous  rewards (more posts on my blog, access to my Patreon-only posts, suggest a topic)
Moving Pictures
$20 or more per month
  • At least once a month I’ll post a video expansion to one of my missives.
  • When I travel, I’ll send you a postcard.
  •  All  previous rewards (more posts on my blog, access to my Patreon-only posts, suggest a topic, photos twice a week, occasional brief videos)
Stage Door Johnnie
$25 or more per month
  • Once a month, I’ll post an intimate striptease video. It might be filmed on stage or in my house. I might strip out of a costume or maybe lingerie from my collection. It might be rehearsed or improvisational. The videos will be rated B for Burlesque – ending in pasties and a g-string. I’m happy to add to my collection of shoes or lingerie with gifts from my patrons.
  • All previous rewards (more posts on my blog, access to my Patreon-only posts, suggest a topic, photos twice a week, occasional brief videos, monthly video blog post, postcards)