Today we’d like to introduce you to Tito Bonito.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am originally from Miami, Florida and lived a pretty generic life there for a little over 20 years; I moved to Chicago, Illinois just before my 21st birthday to change my life and study theatre. After seven years there, I had developed a community of artists and friends that helped guide me into the world of performing burlesque. Six years ago, I moved to Los Angeles, California to live my dreams.
Please tell us about your art.
Struggling through life to find my voice and place, I was drawn to the revival of burlesque and the net-vaudeville movement because it truly does help transform people’s perceptions of sexuality as well as social and political issues. It’s much more than comedy and stripping, it’s a revolution for women and queer people, but it’s inclusive to anyone who’s respectful enough to understand it. Once I started performing, my whole life changed for the better, and I was allowed to be able to do the same for others.
Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
Hustle. Hustle. Hustle. I’ve always been conditioned to believe that if you think you’re working hard, you can work harder. In this day and age, there are a million ways to create art and get money for it (even if it’s not your rate). However, you also have to keep in mind that if you can’t invest in yourself, you won’t be able to grow.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I make sure to travel as much as I can, usually monthly. I am based in Los Angeles and work regularly in Downtown LA but not limited to the area at all. People can support my work by joining my Patreon and visiting my official website, TitoBonito.com. I also am on VenMo and Cash App 😉
- Website: http://www.TitoBonito.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/cubanmissilecrisis
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cubanmissileseries
- Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/titobonito
- Other: http://www.youtube.com/cubanmissileseries
Devil (First Light Photography)
Train & Beach Drum Photos (Kriss Abigail Photography)
Feather Fans (Isaac Aaron Russell)
Luigi (Chris Beyond Photography)
Suit Jacket / Black Background (Callie Lipkin Photography)
Gold Jacket / El Tucan (Andrew Olmo Photography)
Mechanic (Psyko Boys)