Tickets for our 2 Nights in Bristol now on sale here:
So honoured to be asked to be a judge at the finals of Burlesque Idol November 6th at the Hippodrome! I will also be doing a special performance - Can't wait!
"GRAND FINAL SPECIAL GUEST JUDGE ANNOUNCEMENT! Each year along with the reigning Burlesque Idol title holder, Tempest and Delores are joined by a guest superstar from the world of burlesque. This year we are thrilled to invite Miss Amelia Kallman to the panel!
Producer, showgirl and author, Miss Amelia has just published her memoir Diary of a Shanghai Showgirl - chronicling her and her husband's opening of the first burlesque club in China - Gosney & Kallman’s Chinatown.Miss Amelia began her showgirl career when she met legendary nightclub designer, Norman Gosney, after crashing a party at his penthouse on the roof of the famous Chelsea Hotel in New York City. Together they ran an illegal speakeasy, The Blushing Diamond, featuring a chorus line of burlesque stars and Miss Amelia's famous '3 Minute Movies'. In 2007 the couple moved to Shanghai to open China’s first burlesque nightclub, the award-winning Gosney & Kallman’s Chinatown. The ensemble troupe also performed the first burlesque show in a Muslim country in Malaysia. Her memoir, 'Diary of a Shanghai Showgirl: Raising the Red Curtain on China... Uncensored', has recently been published, and the pair have been touring a show by the same name, which previewed in NY and D.C., premiered at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, has recently played London, with upcoming dates in Bristol, Surrey, and Spain. The book and show have attracted features in The Washington Post, The Times, BBC World, The Mail Online and Metro.
Welcome to the 2015 Burlesque Idol panel Miss Amelia!"
Find more info and tickets here.
Last weekend I thoroughly enjoyed the Frankfurt Book Fair! It was great to meet so many cool and interesting people and talk books, publishing, and... zombies! Maybe my next title will be 'Diary of a Zombie Showgirl' - it has a good ring to it, don't you think?
Some amazing photos from our London show by the lovely George Chiesa. Shows just added: Bristol - Dec 11th & 12th, Surrey - Jan. 23rd... and who knows, you might be one of the lucky few to catch us at a super secret 1-night-only speakeasy in NYC in Nov....!
Over the last ten years, the publishing industry has experienced vast disruption due to the rise of self-publishing, eBooks and social media. What they haven’t experienced yet is the disruption of a self-published author rocking up to their industry trade fair in full glamazon showgirl costume – Until now.
The first day I sent out the draft manuscript of my book, Diary of a Shanghai Showgirl, to London agents, I received instant interest and signed with a top agent within the week. I thought that was it, I’d made it. My story of taking on the Communists and beating the odds to open China’s first burlesque nightclub, enjoying massive success, and then being dramatically thrown out of the country with 36 hours notice, bank accounts frozen, etc., - would finally be sold in bookstores.
That was 3 years ago. In those three years I’ve had agents, managers, media agents, eBook publishers, a promised nine book deal across three genres with Pearson publishing (before they laid off 3,000 of their top level employees, including the guys I was dealing with). I found myself at the end of 2014 still waiting. Waiting to conclude this chapter of my life so I could finally move on. I was dying to be able to answer the inevitable ‘what happened’ question with a smile and, ‘well, you have to read the book.’
So at the start of 2015 I let everyone go and decided that I would do it myself. The same spirit that told me at the age of 23 to take a risk and move to China, told me that I couldn’t wait around any longer for someone else to decide my destiny, that’s not the kind of person I am. Also, having played the game, courting the established industry for so long, it became clear to me that the publishing world has gone into a state of flux, so disrupted by recent innovations that no one is sure they know what they’re doing anymore, or what the future holds. I think by now, smart industry professionals understand that they too must innovate in order to remain relevant in the years to come. And that’s why I think that, while it’s a daring, innovative strategy to just show up and put myself out there, I’ll fit in just fine next weekend at the fair. I hope to be amongst at least some like-minded people who are open and excited by the new possibilities the future of this industry holds. After all, disruption, innovation and change are nothing if not opportunities, as long as you are flexible enough to adapt. I’m interested in where this industry is going and the people who are taking it there, and how I can be a part of it. I’m interested in building relationships with leaders, innovators and pioneers in publishing, distribution, and media rights. I’m willing to risk being laughed at by a few, to be seen by those who understand that the old rules no longer apply.
So next weekend, October 17th and 18th, I’ll be at the Frankfurt Book Fair seeking out others who are disrupting the industry, paving their own roads, and actively participating in this evolution. If this is you, please be sure to say ‘Hi’ – I’ll be the showgirl with a big smile on my face, disrupting everything.
Please visit my new writing-focused website www.ameliakallman.com
Last night I had the sheer pleasure of meeting this brilliant & beautiful man, Mike Doughty, one of my all time favourite singer songwriters responsible for many of my favourite songs over the last 20 years. He was so kind and lovely, and the show he put on knocked my socks off - such an original genius! (Even played old fave True Dreams of Wichita) If you're not familiar with his music, you're missing out my friend! Check out his new album, Stellar Motel- it's fantastic- & Check out this interview I did with him a couple years ago: http://diaryofalondonshowgirl.tumblr.com/MikeDoughty
THANK YOU all for making my Free eBook Promotion such a huge success! Got to #1 & #2! Hope you enjoy the book in whatever format & please remember to rate/review on Amazon! Now counting down to the Frankfurt Book Fair - already making some fab connections. Keep spreading the word! Thanks so much! xxx Miss Amelia Kallman