How to Make Your Circus Resume as Delicious as You Are!

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How to Make Your Circus Resume as Delicious as You Are!

First impressions are important, and more often than not, we don’t make them in person. We all know the application drill: submit your resume, headshot, and cover letter, and make sure your website, online profiles, and various virtual versions of yourself are up to date. Sometimes looking good “on paper” is just as, if not more, important than nailing every move at an audition. These digital windows into your abilities, experiences, and goals as a performer need to be just as charismatic as you are. Below is advice from Rowan Heydon-White, Head of Circus for Circa, and Jenn Haltman, a freelance casting director in NYC, about how to make your resume the best it can be. What I gleaned from their expertise is that a good resume is like a good meal: a well-balanced entree of professional experience and education paired with a carefully curated, complementary, and saucy list of special skills. You have the option of adding a garnish in the form of a personal statement, and, yes, presentation always matters! While part of crafting a resume is fairly obvious – for example, include your contact information – crafting how that information is presented is key to catching a casting director’s eye.
Rowan Heydon-White, Head of Circus, Circa. Content The food pyramid of a performance resume usually consists of the following (in no particular order): your name and contact information, training/education, employment/experience, and special skills. Performers often have a buffet of information tha...
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Madeline Hoak

Madeline Hoak is an artist and academic who creates with, through and about circus. She is an Associate Editor for CircusTalk, Adjunct Professor of Aerial Arts at Pace University, a member of the American Circus Alliance's EDI committee, and the Editor and Curatorial Director of TELEPHONE, an international arts game. Madeline has performed, coached, produced, and choreographed at elite regional and international venues. Her background in dance and physical theater are infiltrated into her coaching and creation style. She is passionate about providing her students holistic circus education that includes physical, historical, theoretical resources. Madeline initiated the Aerial Acrobatics program at her alma mater, Muhlenberg College, where she taught from 2012-2017. She is also a regular contributor to Cirkus Syd's Circus Thinkers international reading group. Her circus research has been supported by Pace, NYU, and Concordia University. Recent publications include "Teaching the Mind-Body: Integrating Knowledges through Circus Arts'' (with Alisan Funk, Dan Berkley), a chapter in Art as an Agent for Social Change, "expanding in(finite) between," a multimedia essay in Circus Thinkers: Reflections, 2020, and "Digital Dance & TELEPHONE: A Unique Spectator Experience." Madeline has presented academic papers at numerous conferences including Circus and it’s Others (UC Davis), the Popular Culture Association, Gallatin (NYU), and McGill University. Madeline earned an MA from Gallatin, New York University’s School of Independent Study, where she designed a Circus Studies curriculum with a focus on spectatorship. madelinehoak.com