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New Year, New You? 5 New Year’s Resolutions for the Circus Artist

Making New Year’s Resolutions can be a challenge. Some regard it as a fruitless task and note that will power quickly fades. Others look at it as a time-honored ritual and a way to take stock of the past year and consider goals for the future. But for circus artists, will power is the fuel that feeds the fire, and in the circus world, we face seemingly insurmountable challenges every day, from mastering a dive drop on the silks to finding a residency in the spring so your circus show can move into creation mode.

ingly insurmountable challenges every day, from mastering a dive drop on the silks to finding a residency in the spring so your circus show can move into creation mode. In a world that doesn’t fully recognize circus as an art form, the obstacles are never in short supply and people in the field have mastered the art of persistence above all else. But if you don’t stop occasionally to take stock of what you have accomplished and hope to accomplish, you might risk losing sight of the joy that brought you to circus in the first place. Circus resolutions for New Years can be a simple way to touch base with your evolving dreams, to recognize your struggles and triumphs, and to help you to focus on progress as an individual, a company or an organization. What resolutions would give you a professional progress boost for the New Year and beyond? Looking back on 2019 at CircusTalk, we have identified a few directions you can explore and more...

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Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell is the editor of CircusTalk News. They have written about circus for Spectacle magazine, Circus Now, Circus Promoters and were a resident for Circus Stories, Le Cirque Vu Par with En Piste in 2015 at the Montreal Completement Cirque Festival. They are the former editor of American Circus Educators magazine, as well as a staff writer for the web publication Third Coast Review, where they write about circus, theatre, arts and culture. Kim is a member of the American Theater Critics Association. In 2019 as editor for CircusTalk News, Kim was on the jury at el Festival Iberoamericano de Circo (FIRCO) and presented the first CircusTalk Critic's Choice Award.