Archive for November, 2015

How Dating is Like Circus

November 30, 2015 Comments Off on How Dating is Like Circus Working in Circus

JakartaSo you met the ONE. Time apart is painful. You are in LURVE!
You start to annoy your friends. Because you won’t shut up. Even when you “complain”, it’s barely a sheath for intolerable boasting and unnecessary hashtagging. You think about quitting your job to become one with your silk/trapeze/man with a man bun. You take every little gig/date that drops in your lap. You are never not available for a date with the ONE, because he/she/your apparatus is what matters.
So what am I about to say about this? Am I going to try and stomp on beautiful feelings and make fun of you in the process? Heck no. As a very happily married woman with a fairly successful performing past, I too have loved both until I made everyone ill. However, here are some totally random things that might be helpful to remember in both scenarios:

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1.You have to value yourself and what you do, no matter what. And know that not everyone who meets you will agree with your assessment of your own value. That’s okay.

2.Also value ALL your time. The time you spend organizing not just performing or going out. Also value commitments outside performing or dating. I know I used to drop absolutely everything to perform and it took a toll on my relationships.

3.I’m going to be really old fashioned here. Deal with it. You don’t have to dress in your underwear to get a date or to get a gig. A younger friend of mine who had never really seen any aerial work once came to a gig and made a telling comment, “I don’t know what’s hard and what isn’t, but I’m guessing that all the aerialists who had no clothes on weren’t very good. Right?” It wasn’t actually true, but the assumption is there, and I’ve heard it before.

4.You can’t have it all. You are going to discover the person you are with has some flaws. That’s okay, so do you, right? Focus on the great stuff and on what’s important. Same with performing. It’s hard to make money when there is a lot of supply and limited demand. If you want to make money then you will have to make work that the market wants. If you just want to make art, I applaud that (I like to do both), but that probably won’t pay the bills.

5.Remember this time period. Pretty soon you will start complaining about all kinds of things. Circus is awesome, your wo/man is awesome, enjoy the ride.

Dare to Imagine
Written by Angela Attia

Flying in a Winter Wonderland

November 24, 2015 Comments Off on Flying in a Winter Wonderland Ambiance

This weekend, ImaginAerial had the pleasure of dressing our free-standing rig in all it’s winter finery as we “flew” in a Winter Wonderland! Our rig is the perfect solution for venues without easy hang-points – it sets up and comes down easily, and can be decked out in a variety of lights, fabrics, and decor. Combine Aerial Champagne Performers and our Living Snow Globe, and you have the makings of one hot holiday event!

 

Eek. I totally flubbed a performance. Now what?!

November 17, 2015 Comments Off on Eek. I totally flubbed a performance. Now what?! Uncategorized, Working in Circus

So you’ve gotten yourself into a knot that caused you to panic and start the sort of public fight with your silk that involves cursing, flailing, kicking, and essentially everything you’ve ever been told not to do in public. You do the best you can to finish out, but what do you do to recover your reputation once you have escaped that nightmare?

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If you perform enough, you are going to have some stories to tell. We have gotten wrapped around a bar, crashed into other performers, fallen over from a standing position, tied our hands to each other, lost costumes and hair pieces, run straight into wings, tripped over lights, forgotten whole sections, and farted on stage. It’s all hilarious later to talk about (years later), but when it happens, it’s like every nightmare you’ve ever had playing out in reality…in slow motion.
While it might seem like a great idea to quit performing, change your name, and wear a fake mustache for the rest of your life, you can recover from gaffes like this.

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No need to go incognito

 

Here are some tips :

1. Take the temperature of the people that hired you ASAP. Get out in front of it. If they are beyond p’oed and want their money back, it might be good to give it. They will probably cool down if they know you feel worse than they do. They will also know you took what happened seriously. Also if you acknowledge what happened first, they won’t just think this is what happens to you regularly and you are just a screw-up.

2. If they don’t seem too upset then ask for feedback. Do NOT tell them how you think you did. It could hurt you either way. If they thought you did okay and you start to tell them all about how everyone was watching you trying to extricate your costume from a rope for a good 5 minutes and it was really 15 seconds, they might start to think it was worse than it was. However, if they thought you did really badly and you start to tell them that you thought you totally pulled it off, you are going to come off as too cocky, not serious, and out of touch with your abilities.

3. Take responsibility for what happened. Do not make excuses or blame the producer in some way (if the lights hadn’t been so bright, yadda yadda). The fact that you accidentally drank decaf that morning is not going to help your cause.

4. LISTEN. If you have the potential to work together again, it’s important that the client or producer really feels heard. THEN let them know how you think you could prevent the issue in the future.

5. Volunteer to do a small gig or help the producer in some way. Then blow their socks off when you get a chance to perform again. As producers, what we like the most are consistent performers. So only time will show that his was a one time fluke. You need a number of shows to prove you can be trusted.

People are very willing to forgive mistakes. We’ve all been there, but we have to show we do all we can do keep those mistakes to an absolute minimum. With all the bloopers listed above, we were able to maintain good relationships with the people that hired us. It can be a good growing experience for you. It keeps the ol’ ego in check and they make good fodder for your next comedy act.

Dare to imagine…

written by Angela Attia