Exploring the Talent Code--A Conversation with Professional Talent Trainers

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Exploring the Talent Code–A Conversation with Professional Talent Trainers

In this discussion between three major players from three distinct zones of the circus arts and sport world, they explore what the principles of mentoring talent are, how to identify and nurture talent and give examples of how they, through their work, have learned to accommodate and meet the individual artist and athlete where they are while also setting a standard of excellence in order to help them fulfill their potential.
Moderator Stacy Clark, CEO of CircusTalk, is a former gymnast and professional circus performer. Clark worked in marketing and communications before leaving it all behind...
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Stacy Clark

A former gymnast and professional circus performer, Stacy worked in marketing and communications before leaving it all behind to perform and teach circus around the world on stage, at festivals and on screen. Stacy is co-founder of Creative Athletic Performance, a consulting service specializing in casting, coaching and creation. She also teaches career development and act development to the next generation of circus artists training at San Diego Circus Center. Until 2020, Stacy was the Director of Casting at Cirque du Soleil, leading a team of international talent scouts and advisors. Stacy's journey at Cirque du Soleil began in 2007 when she joined the Casting department as a Talent Scout, recruiting athletes and circus artists for the company’s shows worldwide. In 2011 she became Acrobatic Coach on Amaluna, touring North America. Stacy holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Ryerson University and a Leadership diploma from Concordia University. She is a certified yoga teacher, nutrition coach, NASM performance enhancement specialist and CrossFit level 1 and CrossFit Kids trainer. “I believe in safe, open learning environments, and cultivating a sense of agency in students, athletes and artists. Excellence in human performance begins with being an excellent human.”