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Obscene Talent

Obscene Talent

By Xena Zeit-Geist
A podcast about extraordinarily talented people who've worked in taboo industries, hosted by Xena Zeit-Geist.
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Episode 3: Synamin Vixen, Trained Professional Dancer, Sex/Sensuality Educator, Your Friendly Neighborhood Black Dominatrix
In our third episode, we talk with Synamin Vixen, a professionally trained dancer who taught dance for many years before stepping onto the burlesque stage. We learn about how Synamin carved out a space for herself in the burlesque scene in New Orleans and very soon after began producing her own shows and teaching burlesque, as well as how she and her partner, John collaborate as artists and as sex/fetish workers. In addition to her life onstage, Synamin walks us through how she has come to embrace her calling as a sex educator and how she is using her platform to create safe spaces, particularly for Black people, to explore BDSM, sensuality, and fetish. We also discuss how she got into making her own herbal tinctures for healing, what the heck a chakra is, what "phrasing" really means, and why Netflix's "Bonding" is a way healthier & more accurate representation of kink culture than "50 Shades of Gray."  This episode was recorded on July 24, 2020 & is being released August 7, 2020. If you'd like to learn more about Synamin Vixen, her work as an herbal healer or as a sex educator, check out her Instagram, her Synsual Healing page, her Patreon for her burlesque content & her OnlyFans for her NSFW/sex education content.  If you enjoyed the show and would like to ensure that more episodes get made, sign up for Xena's Patreon page & get cool rewards every month, including  behind-the-scenes content, the ability to vote in polls & brainstorm new show topics, and more! If you'd like to show love to our host, Xena Zeit-Geist, you can check them out on Instagram or Twitter @xenazeitgeist or via any of these important links for tipping/following/patronage! Sponsorships Special thanks goes out to Diana Dietrich & to our patrons on Patreon for sponsoring the show!
1:43:54
August 8, 2020
Episode 2: Ariana Amour, Regent Unicorn of Burlesque, Trans Showgirl Icon, Lover of Buffalo Wings
In our second episode, we talk with Ariana Amour, award-winning, internationally travelled showgirl, barrier-breaking trans woman of color, and my right hand at The Society of Sin Burlesque & Variety. We learn about how Ariana got her start in nightlife by working behind the scenes at New Orleans' biggest gay nightclub, Oz, where she helped out with drag shows, did social media work, and coordinated events before she ever stepped onto the burlesque stage and how her transition and starting hormones lined up with her decisions to begin her stage career. In addition to her talents in the performing arts, Ariana is an accomplished astrologer and tarot practitioner, and we get to learn a little bit about astrology, what the heck a "sun sign" is & how astrology has changed over the years to become the beloved queer art form that it is today. In addition, Ariana discusses her feelings about the #BlackLivesMatter movement, transgender rights activism (f*ck JK Rowling), how to aspire to be an excellent ally to those fighting oppression in 2020, and much more! This episode was recorded on June 17, 2020 & is being released July 11, 2020.  If you'd like to learn more about Ariana Amour or her tarot/astrology work, check her out on Instagram @lovejustlied and @divineliteracy If you enjoyed the show and would like to ensure that more episodes get made, sign up for Xena's Patreon page & get cool rewards every month, including  behind-the-scenes content, the ability to vote in polls & brainstorm new show topics, and more! If you'd like to show love to our host, Xena Zeit-Geist, you can check them out on Instagram or Twitter @xenazeitgeist or via any of these important links for tipping/following/patronage!
1:31:26
July 11, 2020
Episode 1: Bella Blue, Unicorn Burlesque Mom
In this episode, we talk to Bella Blue, creator & headmistress of The New Orleans School of Burlesque & Bella Blue Productions, where she produces numerous burlesque & variety shows each week, including "Whiskey & Rhinestones," "The Dirty Dime Peep Show," "Strip Roulette," and more! Bella is an award-winning international burlesque performer, who has both performed and produced at The Burlesque Hall of Fame, and is regularly recognized as one of the Top 50 Burlesque Performers in the World by 21st Century Burlesque. We get to hear about Bella's burlesque origin story, including what it was like starting burlesque 13 years ago in New Orleans as a young single mother. We learn about how the scene has grown since then, about Bella's work to make it a more inclusive and safer environment for marginalized groups, what being a famous scantily clad person/mom is like, and much more!  If you'd like to learn more about Bella Blue or the New Orleans School of Burlesque, check them out on Instagram @bellabluenola and @nolaschoolofburlesque If you enjoyed the show and would like to ensure that more episodes get made, sign up for Xena's Patreon page & get cool rewards every month, including  behind-the-scenes content, the ability to vote in polls & brainstorm new show topics, and more! If you'd like to show love to our host, Xena Zeit-Geist, you can check them out on Instagram or Twitter @xenazeitgeist!
1:41:55
May 25, 2020