Pro Advice, Industry Conversations and Connections
curated by Circus Talk
Stay up to date in the rapidly changing world of circus and the performing arts and enter PRO Space with us.
CircusTalk PRO has all you need to ignite your career: a space to learn, share knowledge, connect and extend your network.
PRO Talks are regular virtual live events about relevant topics, led by industry influencers and experts. These events give you the opportunity to gain new insights, meet fellow professionals and keep your career connections strong. PRO Talks are free for PRO members and available for BASIC members for US$12/event.
We will announce new events continually, so keep checking in.
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All PRO Talk events are on Saturdays at 12 noon EDT (New York), unless otherwise noted. Check your time zone
PDT (UTC -7) – 9am-10:30 am
MDT (UTC -6) – 10:00 am – 11:30am
CDT (UTC -5) – 11am-12:30 pm
EDT (UTC -4) – 12:00pm – 1:30pm
BST (UTC +1) – 5:00pm – 6:30
CEST (UTC +2) – 6:00pm – 7:30pm
AEST (UTC +10) – next day Sunday 2:00 am – 3:30 am
Saturday, June 19th
How to Pitch Your Show to Presenters & Programmers
Moderator: Adrian Berry, Artistic Director and CEO of Jacksons Lane, London
Want to delve into pitching your artistic work, discover best practices, and trade secrets to sell your show to programmers and venues?
Join us for this introduction to pitching shows. Ade Berry, Artistic Director at London’s leading circus venue Jacksons Lane Arts Centre, will advise new and emerging companies on how to pitch their work and get contracts! Ade will do this by giving examples of both good and not-so-good ways to approach venues and festivals with your work, including the do’s and don’ts of communication, how to present your concept, tech riders, visuals, target audiences and copy, as well as what processes and timelines to follow. He will also help you take into consideration the venue itself, the country of origin (visas, payscales, audience size and more!) and the administration tips and skills to highlight your show and get it into the right venue for your company.
Aerial Arts Meet & Greet Social
Moderator: Morgan Barbour
Come join an influencer and aerialist to discuss all things ‘aerial’ from good trainers, to gig specifics, to equipment, to surviving the pandemic and to how to specialize and stand out in this popular field. This chat room will be lightly hosted with lots of discussion prompts and questions for participants to join in, and you are welcome to bring your ideas and questions about the discipline of aerial arts as well.
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Saturday, August 7th
Exploring Creative Ways to Financially Support Your Artistic Endeavors with Nadine Johnson
Moderator: Nadine Johnson
Join the discussion with creative changemakers to explore new paths to sustainable support for artists. Constantly feeling underwater, overwhelmed and underfunded is not normal or sustainable for the creative process. Should you take the independent route and use Patreon, Kickstarter, GoFundMe or should you find a sponsorship or apply for grants, and residencies? Find out more about tools and new outlooks to fund your performances in the 21st century.
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Learn from the PROS brings exclusively to our PRO members numerous informative career development series on cutting-edge topics that are essential to your career in the performing arts. Gain insight from the experts and enhance your career!
PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE, HOLISTIC AWARENESS * RECOMMENDED FOR PERFORMERS, COACHES AND TALENT SEEKERS
360 Degrees: Circus Through a Holistic Lens with Stacy Clark offers a deep dive into the three C’s: coaching, casting and career in the world of elite athletes and performers. Stacy invites an industry expert to each episode linking their key topic to holistic advice and practical tools.
Stacy’s years of experience and industry work, as former Director of Casting at Cirque du Soleil, co-founder of Creative Athletic Performance, teacher at San Diego Circus Center and circus performer, has been instrumental in shaping the contemporary circus landscape.
Series was launched in April 2021.
STRATEGIC THINKING *RECOMMENDED FOR CREATORS AND PERFORMERS
The 3 R’s, Review, Rethink, Regenerate with Matthew Jessneris a series of insightful conversation with top, leading industry professionals about reviewing policies, rethinking paradigms and regenerating the performing arts industry. Matthew’s decades of experience in the performing arts and the circus world, in particular, his visionary approach and his provocative questions allow the viewer to partake in the discourse around production, performance and growth in the circus sector.
Matthew Jessner was resident artistic director of Cirque du Soleil’s show Saltimbanco before moving to the creative production and operating side of the sector with Dragone.
Series was launched in February 2021
HANDS ON BUSINESS KNOWLEDGE * RECOMMENDED FOR PERFORMERS
Think Like an Acrobat with Shenea Stiletto focuses on the practical aspects of the performing arts profession. Shenea provides advice for performers and shares insights about topics that are often considered taboo or just rarely talked about openly. Shenea shares her expertise as a career circus performer as well secrets from her guests about the circus business.
Shenea Stiletto is a two-time World Acrobatic Champion, USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame Member, a World-Class Handbalancer and a seasoned PRO in the circus industry.
Series was launched in November 2020.
ARTISTIC CREATION * RECOMMENDED FOR CREATORS AND PERFORMERS
Circus bodies, as performing bodies, are important producers of culture and vital elements of the artistic process. They supply us with new knowledge by shifting perceptions and pushing against norms. The series, Circus Bodies, curated by Madeline Hoak, will explore and invite conversation about aging, fat, gendered, disabled and BIPOC/BAME circus bodies. It will also cover sideshow circus bodies and artists who use their body for extreme circus acts.
Madeline Hoak is a NYC based performer, producer, professor, and choreographer specializing in aerial, acrobatics, dance and movement direction.
Series was launched in February 2021
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casting * coaching * contracts * costumes* creation * cruise
directing * equipment and props * insurance * job and audition advice
marketing * meet-the-presenter *mental health * new technology – digital – virtual
physical therapy * producing * promo photo and video
safety * rigging * side hustle * touring
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