Our founder, Andrea Honis, was recognized by a local news segment. Their interview touches on her background, her relationship with circus, and the origin of CircusTalk. We are proud to share her story.
The Jersey City Times interviewed Andrea Honis in an article for their “In Our Midst” segment. The piece seeks out unique Jersey City residents. This feature is close to our hearts because it highlights the resiliency of the circus world and the importance of global communication. Please read on for an excerpt of their interview.
JCT: I can only imagine the effect COVID has had on the industry, and I definitely want to ask you about that. In the meantime, can you tell us a little bit about circus training opportunities? How long does it take to get minted as a human cannonball, contortion aerialist or chair balancer?
AH: There are two routes to become a circus artist. One is that you apply to a professional circus school though there are not that many around the world. These schools also introduce students into the craft of the art form … teaching them about the business, teaching them about psychology and how to take care of their body, etc. One such school is Circadium, in Philadelphia, which is the closest professional circus school to Jersey City. But this is not the only way. If you are talented and persistent enough, you can train yourself in training studios by coaches. And if you develop an act, then you can still audition. There are numerous of these training studios even locally such as Trapeze School New York, Streb, and The Muse (the latter two in Brooklyn). In Hillsborough Township, N.J., there’s The Circus Place. And terrific studio formerly in Queens, Circus Warehouse, is looking for new space.
And people can start late. They can just start taking lessons on a recreational basis, and they can take it to the next level if they want to.
Check out the full article to read Andrea’s interview.