Working in circus can be thrilling, energising and full of moments of joy and excitement. It can also be challenging, competitive and even demoralising. Working in the gig economy is difficult to navigate at the best of times, let alone with the impact of COVID-19. Even before the infamous events of 2020, the entertainment industry was experiencing its own collective crisis. In 2015, Entertainment Assist and Victoria University published research drawn from workers’ experiences from across the sector. It uncovered startling statistics. Of the entertainment industry workers surveyed, 15.2% experienced symptoms of moderate to severe depression, and ...
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