Tips and advice on how to become a professional Circus Performer supplied by Eira Gibson Youth Programme Manager at Circus Space

  1. Think about the sort of circus you want create (is it traditional tented circus? contemporary circus working in theatres? corporate circus work? street theatre? Etc).
  2. Go and get in touch with a circus you like ask for work experience.
  3. Join a local circus skills club (or if there isn’t one near you, set one up to share skills).
  4. As well as your circus skills, you should develop other performance skills such as theatre or dance.
  5. Practice, practice, practice Рthe competition is tough, so you need to be the best.
  6. Go and see lots of shows to get inspired Рyou want your act to be cutting edge, new and original, so you need to think creatively.
  7. Get onto a full time course such as the BTEC at Circomedia, BA Circus Arts at The Circus Space or join a circus academy such as Zippos.
  8. Get involved with existing circus communities such as juggling conventions where people meet to network and share skills (they also host the annual British Young Juggler of the Year competition).
  9. Be prepared to work hard for long hours and little pay.
  10. Remember that working in a circus requires dedication, so if you are not 100% sure that this is the life for you, it won’t happen.

Tips and advice on how to become a professional Circus Performer supplied by Eira Gibson Youth Programme Manager at Circus Space.