Why Performers Should Be on Your Hiring Radar, Off-Stage

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Why Performers Should Be on Your Hiring Radar for Off-Stage Career Opportunities

In the wake of job losses and setbacks for the circus sector due to the coronavirus pandemic, Projet Lumière has emerged to shine some light on the lives of circus artists by sharing resources, facilitating important connections and providing a morale boost. Their mission statement is “to CONNECT performing arts professionals to reduce feelings of isolation. FACILITATE exchanges by sharing information among peers and industry professionals. SUPPORT and GUIDE members of the community by providing access to resources and opportunities.” Here is an article written by Stacy Clark, a circus artist and director of casting, which touches on what she considers to be the true strength of the art form, it’s artists:
In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, that is, April of 2020, En Piste (1), Canada’s circus arts alliance, surveyed performers, cultural workers and circus companies in Canada. A staggering 66% reported that they are considering a career change. And while performing arts professionals are not alone in their COVID-19-imposed challenges, we are certainly distinct in that the industry as a whole will not only take time to rebound and recover, it will also have to redefine itself. This is a level of uncertainty that far exceeds the typical arts industry employment instability. We’ve lost our jobs, our contracts, our livelihood. We’re grieving the loss of our passion. Our industry colleagues are suffering, and for many, their very identity is in question. But if there’s one thing performers have in spades, it’s agility. Contortion jokes aside, performers are skilled at changing course at a moment’s...
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Stacy Clark

Stacy is a seasoned professional in the circus and performing arts industry. A former gymnast and circus artist, Stacy worked in marketing and communications before leaving it all behind to perform and teach circus worldwide on stage, at festivals, and on screen. Today she is a freelance casting director, career coach, and artistic advisor. In 2021, Stacy joined the small and dynamic team at the international online platform CircusTalk as CEO. Previously, Stacy was a talent scout and then the Director of Casting at Cirque du Soleil.