I registered the name Little Black Dress Productions with the Australian Securities and Investments Commision in July 2012 because I had so many creative projects going on and I wanted to package them altogether under one hat. I read a book called the Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, that promoted the idea, in order to achieve what you want, you need to firstly act how you want to feel. A better way of saying, fake it until you make it, I guess. I figured by acting like a business, maybe one day I might actually become one and when that happened I had the marketing and financial framework all ready to go. The projects falling under this umbrella were all creative varying from performing as a singer, writing scripts and attempting to write my first novel. On the performance side I was working as a vocalist with Alan Stewart in our longstanding covers duo Mainstream, joining forces with my husband under the name The Dazzling Tabolinas doing classic covers mainly for family and friends and working as a solo artist, singing guest spots with rock’n’roll band The Zodiacs and Alan Stewart’s solo gigs around Perth.
A better way of saying; fake it until you make it, I guess. I figured by acting like a business, maybe one day I might actually become one…
Then there was all the writing projects that I had in different stages of completion too. Whilst on maternity leave with my second child, I completed the first draft of my one-woman play IBIZA. A comedy based very much on real life events that occurred when I was a crazy, carefree twenty-something oblivious to the true meaning of love. Throw in the mix a lifetime of composing song lyrics, poems, stories (started but nowhere near finished) which in the event any one of them ever found their way to a publication, I wanted a united brand to market them under.
Ironically a play I started scripting many years ago when I lived in the UK, lent its title to the business name, the play was called Little Black Dresses. It was an ambitious scriptwriting project, a musical about the weekend social lives of young people in the 80’s and 90′. Unfortunately the script hasn’t seen the light of day since 1995, but people have often complimented me on the name choice of the business, so I thought I share with you where the name originated from.
Around the time that I was collating all the business assets, thanks to the wonderful thing that is Facebook, I reconnected with an old school friend, Paul Peacock. In the fifteen or so years since we’d last seen each other, it was common knowledge that Paul Peacock had had a successful stage career, performing with the Australasian touring cast of Les Miserables and I’d seen his face popping up in the odd television advertisement here and there. So when Paul posted an event invitation to a fundraising concert her was hosting on his social media page, I went along purely out of curiosity, to see what he looked like now and what he was doing.
Sometimes it takes something as simple as that to get the ball rolling. That evening was a huge source of inspiration for me. It made me want to get back on the theatrical stage again. From that evening on, I started to become a regular audience member at Underground Cabaret, the venue that Paul was managing and putting on great new musical theatre acts.
It offered a stage for the inbetweeners, the more than amateurs but not yet professionals. Which is exactly how I saw myself. I know the saying things happen for a reason gets banded around all too often, but there is a reason for that and the reason is, because its true. Reconnecting with Paul and being introduced to Underground Cabaret fanned a fire, that burst into a creative flame and resulted in Little Black Dresses producing its first show Waiting in the Wings on the Saturday 13th April, 2013. It ran for two nights and was a great success both personally and professionally.
It offered a stage for the inbetweeners, the more than amateurs but not yet professionals. Which is exactly how I saw myself.
When I was banking the profits made from the door sales and paying my fellow performers for their great work, I realised that it had worked! Little Black Dress Productions was now a viable business. It had an income, it had expenditure, it had employees and fans. There was no longer a need to fake it…Little Black Dress Productions was on its way to making it.