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Hey everyone,

I posted a wishlist up on Amazon. It’s a little easier to order from there for some of you 💞

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1KT80XJ8OKIH9?ref_=wl_share

 

 

The Force Is Strong With This One

My light sabers for my Star Wars show have been quite a spectacle in more times that I can count.

There was this one time when my light saber must’ve shifted in my hockey bag when being placed into my Uber and kept humming the entire drive. It sounded like a vibrator! I was dying in the back seat! Finally, the Uber driver turned down the radio and said, “Do you hear something?” I burst of laughing and said, “Yes, it’s my light saber.” He started laughing and replied, “Light saber?” Giggling back trying to talk, I said, “Yep! From Star Wars, you know? The Force is strong during this Uber drive!” 

My light sabers have also turned on in the airport line up waiting to check in. I just pretended to not hear the hum for a few minutes to see people’s reactions…that was my entertainment for the morning. Then I walked up to the counter, opened my bag, whipped out my light saber and turned it off. 

When crossing the border once going into the U.S., the customs officers came in after searching my car and told me that I could get into trouble for having lethal weapons. I started laughing and said, “You found my light sabers!” The officer said, “Yes, they turned on as we were moving stuff around.” 😁 At least they had a sense of humor about it!

NYC The Realization Of A Dream

I had just performed in NYC at the infamous venue, Sapphire! THIS was an axperience I’ve had on my all time bucket list as a feature entertainer. The Big Apple, along with Las Vegas, for me, are a performers dream and it didn’t disappoint. Sapphire is located in Manhattan and my accomodation was a swanky, boutique hotel just off of Park Avenue. I was giddy flying into the city and just as excited as my Uber driver was making his way throught the traffic to my hotel. Being in New York also stirred up so much memories and emotions from when I was teenager and an aspiring model.

Growing up in what was then, small town Fort McMurray, I had aspirations to model. Well, my main aspiration was to be a popstar lol But at 12, I had started doing local fashion shows and the odd modeling gig, like being the cover model for a local photography studio located in the mall. At 13, I started going to, ‘Young Ladies Modelling School’, which was the first and only school of its kind and founded and taught by Yvonne Deprees. I actually had to quit air cadets and basketball to go these classes, as they were all on the same days…which was a tough decision to make BUT with the modeling school, there was an opportunity to be one of girls selected to go to a modeling convention in New York City at the end of the year….THIS is what sealed the deal for me! I wanted New York City.

Myself and my best friend, Kara, who looked like Brooke Shields, attended the school together for the school year. She actually had the look and the height but I had the work ethic. And then it came down to the selections for N.Y. and it was a small list, I believe 7-8 models were choosen and I was one of them! However, my celebrating was cut short when one of the chaparones had to cancel, leaving not enough chaparones for the trip. Because I was the last girl selected, I would be the one cut from the group. I was DEVASTATED! My world just feel apart as you can imagine any teen girl’s dreams being broken. My parents felt terrible and asked Yvonne if there was anyway to make an exception and she said that if my mother came, that would be enough chaparones for the trip. My family didn’t have enough money to cover the expenses of having my mother come with me, so my dad reached out to a few family members with no avail and then decided to sell his truck so that we could afford for my mother to come with me. Even just remembering back to this moment as an adult, makes me emotional. It sure is a different type of gratitute. I didn’t fully comprehend back then just how much of a sacrifice he was making for me but I sure do now. Profound gratitude. This gesture though, wasn’t just about a parent making a huge sacrifice but aslo showing me how much they believed in me and my dreams and to never give up.

So, off to New York we went! And it was AMAZING! I got to dance in a talent search (dancing was my main passion) and wowed the judges, however, was still uncomfortable with my body, so wore a bulky t-shirt over top of my dancewear, which costed me marks, They said if I just wore my dance outfit, I would’ve won. But boobs were coming in! I wasn’t comfortable with the girls yet lol However, I was selected to do a Coke commercial and partake in high fashion, fashion show, which was a big deal because I’m short. No one was expecting me to get it but I had the perfect walk and presence. So many memories with my mom like, seeing the Statue Of Liberty, walking through Central Park and having people try to sell us watches out of suitcases! That was crazy to us small town folk!

As I was waiting for my limo to come pick me up from my hotel, I couldn’t help but feel so happy in that moment as now, here I am, as an adult, waiting for my limo, in my swanky hotel about to headline at a venue in Manhattan. Well dad, I’m not a millionaire…yet, ther’s still time lol buuuuut here I am living my dream that started with an aspiration as a young girl, with two parents that taught her to always follow her dreams and that she could be anything and do anything she ever wanted. No limits.

And Sapphire was absolutely outstanding! The staff was exceptional, the club itself and the audience were outstanding. I had a successful performance and was told on the spot they’d rebook me not only at that one venue again but also the other two that they have in N.Y. Bumblebee stole the show! They said they hadn’t seen a feature of my calibre of show in a long time. And quite honestly, I was worried about doing my transformer. Bumblebee is so over the top, that whenever I’m in a new venue, especially one as highly regarded as Sapphire, it concerns me that people won’t ‘Get it.’ They might be expecting something more burlesquey style. I then reminded myself that BROADWAY was just down the street and if anyone would appreciate this scale of a show, it would be the New Yorkers….and they did!!

I have a few videos from this trip up on my IG @diaryofashowgirl_janinejericho

When the Claws Come Out

Instead of killing them with kindness, torture them with sucess” – David Goggins

Recently I’ve had 2 dancers who were dealing with negative, spiteful attitudes from other dancers within the industry, reach out to me. Both ladies are awesome entertainers with some successes undertheir belts, one in particular, is a rising star and slaying the Exotic dance scene. Very popular with audiences, winning awards and loved by some industry heavy weights. The bullying began once she started winning contests and was booked for her first feature week. In one instance, when she walked into a changeroom there was a comment written in permanent maker on the wall saying, “So and so is an escort and is sleeping with the agent,” something to that effect. She also had other people making degrading comments about her while she was within earshot…you know, HIGH SCHOOL SHIT! lol When we worked together, she said, “You know Janine, I try to be nice to everyone and treat everyone with kindness but it doesn’t matter. Should I be making such an effort to be kind? Is it always like this? Is it lonely at the top?”

I giggled and replied, “Welcome to the big girls club! You are now on a different playing field and are ruffling some feathers. Congratulations! This is not a bad thing. You are being successful and some people will feel threated by that but NEVER let that change you, being kind and a great performer is GOLD in this industry. Don’t allow them to make you jaded. It doesn’t matter how nice you are to everyone you will still be the villain in somebody’s story, so just be the hero in your own. Don’t stop being kind but don’t be afraid to create a boundary when one is needed. And no, it’s not lonely at the top if you bring ‘your people’ with you. Your vibe attracts your tribe. Be clear with what kind of people you want to surround yourself with and you will connect with them. And sometimes, the toxic shitheads will maneuver their way into your circle-when the first red flag appears-LISTEN! And don’t ever beat yourself up for trusting the wrong the person and having rose colored glasses. Those qualities are tremendous and rare, just dust yourself off, cut the ties and move on.”

The best thing about success being the sweetest revenge, is that once you are having success, you are so damn happy that you don’t even give those negative Nancys a 2nd thought. They may have fueled your motivation in the beginning, giving you something to prove but then, are no longer are on your mind….but you are on theirs! 😁😁😁 You won’t even spare a thought about them but there probably isn’t a day that goes by that they don’t think about you. That’s why success is the sweetest revenge. And when I do hear the odd garbage talk about me by someone, my response is, “So what. Awesome! Good to know that they still think of me.” It has zero weight on how I feel and most certainly doesn’t penetrate my self worth or awesome armour. 

I have said more often then not, “I don’t get bitter, I get better and better then colossal!” For me, when someone is gossiping, I’m not really paying attention about who they are gossiping about but why and where are they on their journey to be spewing such stuff. Sometimes people need to feel popular, approved of, special or they just aren’t in a happy place. Happy, successful people don’t go around hating on others, they are too busy being happy and successful!

Online is such an easy place for cyber bullying to take place, I call them keyboard warriors. There was an incident where an entertainer I had adored and vouched for down here in the US, used a lame excuse to create a hate train of online comments and bullying towards another dancer, that was completely unprovoked and unwarranted. As I watched this unfold, I was appauled and so disappointed. I decided to sleep on how I was going to deal with this episode. I really, REALLY wanted to stay out of the drama….but this dancer that was being ganged up on is someone I’ve mentored AND I just don’t agree with this bullshit behavior! As a mentor and veteran, I felt like I needed to lead by example and do something about this. I am relieved that the dancer attacked is my girl and we’ve had many talks about dealing with people like this and that she is so strong. If this were a woman who wasn’t so strong and/or struggled at all emotionally/mentally, the consequences to such bullying could be fatal. I myself, have gotten into it with people online and the one thing I’ve learned is that you can never argue with someone irrational and commited to their way of thinking about you. Waste of time. So instead of jumping on the hate train newsfeed, where I’d probably just go back and forth with a lot of irrational haters clinging to spiteful, meanspirited venom, I decided to post on my own social media my disdain for such acts and then went out of my way to help elevate that entertainer’s career by landing her an Australian Feature Tour, which isn’t easy to come by. Not going to engage with the peanut gallery and waste my valuable time, instead uplift and help elevate this dancer’s career even more.

In my interview with Peeled, the documentary, they asked me if since Vayda’s death, had I noticed a change within the industry. Vayda Kiss, was one of the most sweetest souls you’d ever meet and was an amazing entertainer. Though I don’t know her full story as to what lead her to take her own life, I do know that she dealt with some bullying from other dancers. Not saying it was the reason but I’m sure it didn’t ease the pain she clearly was going through. I actually hesitiated for a minute. I had a flash of the ‘mean girls’ clique. But then thought of this industry 10-15 years ago, opposed to now and the truth is, the sisterhood is strong and continuing to build and grow. When I look at the ladies in the industry right now, there are so many kindred spirits, so helpful, genuine. In my last few contests, you wouldn’t believe that we were competing against eachother because all the ladies are helping eachother with their shows. My answer to that question was, “Yes, there has been a change within the industry since her death. The sisterhood IS strong and I believed that dancers such as myself and Natasha Nova, have been catalysts and leading by example” I do feel that I am continously beating this drum of of uniting women and building eachother up, not tearing eachother down. I even coined the hashtag #yesyouCANsitwithus demonstrating inclusion opposed to exclusion.

Yes, there are still going to be some ripples in the pond with people who don’t get along but it is way better now than when I first started dancing! Boy, the stories I have! And I will share!

I’ve also heard someone gossiping about another dancer, saying the same old same old: slept her way to the top and is accused of stealing. Bahaha! I think these two things are often said about successful women. They need to sleep with someone to get ahead and then some sort of accusation to discredit their character. I’ve heard this SO many times about so many women, including myself. As far as lying or stealing goes…prove it. I don’t take anyone’s word for it ever. I need to see the video footage with my own eyeballs.

You can’t sleep with the public and in the entertainment industry, it’s all about cultivating a fan base. If a feature is successful, being booked consistently, winning contests in different organizations, has a high showprice, invitied to headline events…that comes from HER. And if she has a connection with a man in our biz, who the f$%^ cares?!!! That’s their business. He is not going to make her career. Maaaaybe a dancer has won a contest or an award from being involved with the right man but that doesn’t guarantee a successful, sustainable, CAREER. That’s going to come from her. There are entertainers who have won titles and still weren’t booked.

So, for the ladies out there feeling the heat from the peanut gallery, move through it and then move up from it, flying so high those opinions have no weight with you. Fly so high that when you do look down, they just look like ants. You can laugh and add onto those rumours about yourself, keep them focused on you. No such thing as bad publicity 😉 Become so good that a day doesn’t go by where they don’t hear your name 😘

Keep reaching, keep focused, keep happy, keep kind, keep humble and keep believing in your dreams. You will be the one living them soon enough 💞💋🌈

Recap

Hi friends!

Long time! lol With the upsurge of maintaining my social media I have been quite distracted from writing my blog, but now I’m back! Where do I even begin?!! My last blog about, ‘Winding Down,’ is almost comical now. In my last interview I was asked about a cut off time, do I have one or just going to play it by ear….it seems my career has a mind of its own! So I am just going allow it to continue to soar as high as it can go and not be concerned with a cut off. Before I felt a bit rushed to hang up the stilettoes. I was ready to settle down with a man I had been involved with for 9 years, even started selling my shows {this is when you know a showgirl is for real about quitting-selling her shows} but things completely went sideways with that. That chapter of my life is book material, not blog material LOL But I can honestly say that this career has saved my soul from that experience.

As you read in my previous blog, momentum had completely picked up. I went down to Denver to compete in a contest I really wasn’t up for and ended up with huge success both on and off the stage. I was then offered a two week contract in Australia that rolled into a 3 month tour, came home from that tour and was invited to compete at the EDI’S, one of the most prestigious contests in the U.S. and walked away with 2nd place. Then was nominated for International Showgirl of the Year. I lost that one buuuuuut two American agents who always believed in me said that there was a place for me in the U.S. and to go for my visa. It was huge financial risk, that was my hesitation. I believe there is only one other dancer ever, who was approved to work in the US. The visa is very hard to obtain. Most people in the Canadian industry said not to try, I would never get it. But with the support of my agents and my lawyer, I decided what the heck?!! I’m going for it! And….I got it!! So now, I’ve been touring the U.S. for a year and a half and it has been the best part of my featuring career yet! This is what I’ve worked so hard for and exactly where I wanted to be. Example: On Friday I’m performing in New York City and then Saturday in Peoria, Illinois! Rockstar touring schedule with all of the perks!

I have also relocated to Florida and sometimes use South Carolina as a hub as well. I’m booked almost every weekend, so having Mon-Wed off leaves me options on where to spend it. I’m in full tour mode, so settle into quaint, little Airbnbs along the way has also given me the opportunity to see America, which in itself, has been amazing. I will eventually buy a place once I know where I want to be but my schedule isn’t slowing down yet and I am going to enjoy and fully utilize every experience touring gives me. Each week, new people, new venue, new energy…I love it! Some people might not adapt to living out of a suitcase but I do. Could be that I was settled in the civilian world for a while, so I now have a greater appreciation for this career now. My 2020 schedule is almost full with touring the US, going back to Australia for a second time, as I was just there to ring in the New Year and a few Canadian dates.

One of the best quotes I’ve heard was by Lady Gaga, “Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.”

I feel so incredibly blessed with how things happened. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t feel honored to be here. I feel like I dodged a bullet. This career caught me when I was falling and then gave me wings to soar to heights I never could’ve imagine. 

Wild Vixens Mag Followed My Shows At the Nightmoves Event

Hey Friends! You can check out my publication in Wild Vixens Magazine now! If you download a hard copy, I will personally autograph it for you whenever I’m in your city performing.

You can upload a digital version or order a hard copy here:  https://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1732212?__r=444404

Interview Up in Strip Magazine!

Hot off the press!! I just had an interview with Rochelle Chetwynd, owner of Showgirls International and who writes for Strip Magazine!! I loved some of the questions she asked in this one

https://strip-magazine.com/featured-dancer/janine-jericho/?fbclid=IwAR2YkNN3HzCYxBzHYVtn0qesXN4TiqmZBMBdQu0NPAd-RyUtTvKP5dDlLUw

SPONSORED BY CLUB VIXEN!

Hi friends,

I have been Proudly sponsored by Club Vixen in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia!!! I am thrilled by this as this venue is amazing! I met the club manager, Scarlett Rose, along with her staff while I competed at the Exotic Angels competition last year and their positive energy was outstanding! I actually posted about them on my social media as I was so impressed with how they supported all of the competitors and were such a delight to be around.

Not to mention sexiness overload!! I cant wait till I go there later in the year to feature at their club. Please *Like* their Facebook page, Club Vixen and follow them on IG @scar.hilton

WILD VIXEN’S MAG FEATURE

Hi everyone, I am being featured in this month’s issue of Wild Vixens Magazine!! You can buy a digital copy after Feb 11h, 2018 at www.vixensmedia.net HUGE thank you to Lewi Young for considering me 💖 We go waaay back to when I came back to the dancing industry after a long hiatus and worked at the Crazy Horse in Adelaide, Australia, my very first booking back in the game! I’ve always adored, Lewi and we have the same sense of humour. I am happy to see his evolvement within the industry with his publications and honoured to grace the pages of this issue 💋

I have a few publications coming out soon, all from three different industries!! Woot woot! Triple Crown 👑 Fitness~Pin Up~Exotic💖 I will keep you all posted as each one is released and available. I also have a calendar and a book in the works!

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‘Winding Down’ lol

Hi friends, SO, many of you have been teasing me on my ‘winding down’ and ‘ready to move on’ spiel that I wrote about a year ago…yes, it’s been a year LOL Now when I walk into a club and see a familiar face, they usually start chuckling at me and say, “Winding Down, hey? Or, “What ever are you going to do with that 3 days off in December? So this is what winding down looks like…” lol

Well, truth is, once momentum picks up and is full swing, why stop? Last year I took a few months off to work in the film industry. I had a friend who worked in the film biz that kept nudging me to get into stuntwork, so I decided to give it a try. I wanted to stay home more, be with friends and family and to sleep in my own bed. I WAS ready to wind down and settle my roots from the road. The travel was getting to be a bit much and the money had shifted, not making the sacrifice of being away from home worth it as much. I thought it was perfect timing for a transition, although I did still love to perform.

I did the stunt course and started working on set right away. I had worked on Supergirl, the 100, the Arrangement, Riverdale and a few Hallmark movies but going into my 4th month, I was getting burnt out. 12-18 hour days, sometimes wrapping at 1am then my next call time for 5:30am, only a few hours apart. The initial excitement and adrenaline rush was wearing off and I began to realize that once again, I’m in a position where I am sacrificing a lot of time to work and not to life. At that point I told my agent that I was only interested in juicy, awesome roles…guaranteed stunt or principle roles…SAE rate at the minimum. He was like, “Who are you?” laughing, as that is not something people just starting out in the acting biz, say. I loooove the film industry but I also want more substance in my life and more time for people I care about. I began working more on my fitness career and was doing film and dancing part time.Screenshot_20171014-203513

Screenshot_20171014-20342320171014_204127FB_IMG_1508035715155During this time of reflection, I was invited to compete in a contest down in Denver and though I really wasn’t feeling like competing and jumping back into dancing so full on, I decided to just go for it. I ended up walking away with 11 titles from that contest, built a lil fanbase, had a rave review from the club and BAM! Momentum was sprung into motion! Hmm…maybe I should do this a little longer…I then competed in 2 more contests and won them both! It had been sooo long since IMG_20161126_020307I had won a contest back IMG_20161126_015939home on Canadian soil. Actually, I had been slaughtered in 4 Miss Nude Canada contests and 3 other contests I’ve done. So those wins were a personal victory for me. YAY, I can do it! I’ve definitely been creamed a lot more than I’ve ever won but just keep trying. I was then offered a 2 week contract in Australia for March, which rolled into 3 months. Once I was home I was invited to compete in the EDI’s at the end of June in which I came in 2nd place. Though I believe in myself, I knew the competition was fierce, the absolute best of the best were competing in this contest, so I wasn’t attached to winning, just wanted to do my best, watch epic shows and have fun. I was excited to go back to such an awesome club, Platinum 84 and competing in a contest and for an organization I hold high regard for. A week after doing so well at the EDI’S, I was nominated for International 20170626_200811Showgirl Of the Year in Vegas. Who knew any of this would happen? I was actually going to hang up the stilettos last January. I was ready and even started to sell my stuff. Just saying yes to that one contest would set into motion a chain of events that would bring such great experiences my way. It was onto the Gents Expo next at the end of August. I was going to start training clients at a local gym but things weren’t quite working out with that as smoothly as I liked and dancing opportunities were still there and followed those. At the Gents Expo I performed 4 shows, hosted the red carpet and hosted an interview for the International talent.

You are now up to date on my year! This is what I’ve been up to. Why stop now? 😀 Here we are, now in October and I’ve been working like a dawg…happily. Had a few experiences that helped me to get clear on what I want and where I want to go. I’ve been offered 3 international contracts so far and am working on a US tour. SO…winding down? More like riding the wave! I do feel a shift coming. I would love some experiences internationally but also want to find the balance. I want to focus on my other business aspirations and eventually have a kidlet! At the moment I’m booked up until June 2018 but anything can happen and dates/places can change. Waiting on visa approvals, paperwork and all that jazz. Some may work, some may not, I will keep my schedule updated as everything is finalized. So, to anyone out there this can be a great example of what being open to opportunities and not limiting yourself, can look like. Sometimes you just need to say yes. Trust the process, acknowledge the synchronicities that light up the path in front of you. DON’T EVER listen to naysayers, allow them to fuel your fire. Not everyone is meant to take your journey with you, so leave them be when that relationship is no longer serving your highest good. Get better, not bitter. If you allow the best to manifest, it will.  Learn from mistakes and move on quickly. Really, really sit down and decide what you want for your life and how do you want to feel. Life can be a magical ride if you just let go of the control and believe in the magic.