PRO Talk: The Role of Competitions in an Artist's Career - Conversation with Mike Rice, Executive Producer and Creator of the VIVA Fest

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PRO Talk: The Role of Competitions in an Artist’s Career – Conversation with Mike Rice, Executive Producer and Creator of the VIVA Fest

PRO Talks are CircusTalk’s live virtual events led by industry influencers and experts with a focus on career-building topics. Our virtual conversations feature talent seekers from different sectors within circus and the performing arts. CircusTalk PRO members will gain new insights, meet fellow professionals, and strengthen their career connections. In our first PRO Talk of 2023, Stacy Clark’s guest was Michael Rice, Executive Producer/Creator of the  VIVA Fest. Michael got his start in the Circus Arts as an Original cast member of Mystere by Cirque du Soleil. He founded Inversion Entertainment in 1998 and has since created acrobatic entertainment for companies worldwide, including the NFL, the NBA, Disney World, Six Flags, Sea World, and Universal Pictures. He was Circus Producer for NBC’s Celebrity Circus, and he also owns Gymcats Gymnastics Center in Henderson NV. During this discussion, Stacy and Michael walk you through everything you ...
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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.