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PRO Talk: Circus X YouTube: Creators Wanted

YouTube isn’t only for pranksters, beauty gurus and musicians! Artists from other performing arts genres have started to see the benefit of this 2-billion-monthly-visitor platform. Yes, circus artists too!

As part of our PRO Talk series, Veronica Blair, circus artist, storyteller, and content creator, brought us a conversation about the importance of intentionally growing the digital body of circus work and discourse while creating a hardier, more recognizable sector as a result. Established and up-and-coming YouTube creators from the international circus community Lea Toran Jenner (FRANCE – Unity Adventures and Duo Unity), Noeli Acoba, (USA/ CANADA), and Ross Travis (USA – Antic in a Drain ) joined in to share their experiences, tips and tricks for growing their audience on a...

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Veronica Blair

Veronica Blair is a professional aerialist with over 15 years of performing and teaching experience. She is currently Aerial Director for Celebrity Cruises Entertainment Expanding her portfolio beyond performing, Veronica launched the development of “The Uncle Junior Project” in 2010. The ongoing documentary shines a light on the careers of African-American circus performers, including Emanual “Uncle Junior” Ruffin who remained largely uncredited for his contributions to American Circus until after his death. In 2017, she was invited to speak at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival about her experience as producer and director of “The Uncle Junior Project”, and served as organizer and moderator on a panel highlighting the African-American circus experience. She’s also worked with the African-American Art and Culture Complex to stage "Entrapment to Entertainment: A Celebration of Blacks in American Circus", a three-month exhibition that ran from October, 2013 – January 2014 with over 1,000 attendees.