Image: “Breaking News” by Steven Rhodes
Entertainers across the U.S. experienced and continue to experience major economic setbacks in the wake of the Corona Virus pandemic. Here in Illinois, Governor JB Pritzker asked citizens to engage in social distancing After St. Patrick’s Day revelers failed to exercise precaution however, the governor ordered all bars and restaurants to be closed from March 16th until the end of the month. Four days later, he expended restrictions by issuing a “Stay At Home” order which will last until at least April 7th.
Infections are on the rise, which officials expect to continue for some time. Some scientists anticipate the number of infections to peak in mid-April or early May. The virus is expected to remain effectively prohibitive until Spring 2021. Drugs to combat the virus are currently in the testing phase but will likely not be available to the general public for 12 – 18 months. With this information on the table, it seems unlikely the venues will reopen any time soon.
In response, performers are going digital. Some of us are streaming for free or for a minimal fee meant to cover streaming service costs. In return, we are asking our fans and supporters to tip what they can. Others are posting their work on fan sites like Patreon and Only Fans for a subscription fee. We know you are self isolation is rough and people are anxious. Our task has always been to alleviate the stresses of our viewers, even if for only a little while. We are all in this together.
With all this free time on my hands, I am looking to record existing acts and also to create new acts and media for your entertainment on a regular basis. I’m moving all burlesque entertainment to Patreon and Only Fans. Any PG-13 entertainment will be posted freely to Instagram and Facebook.