I don't want to make this considered a journey entry so I'm gonna keep it short.. or TRY to. Basically, any tips on furthering yourself professionally? Anyone who performs at festivals or with artists that you really enjoy and respect- how did you get there? How long and bumpy was the road?
What do you consider success?
now just a tidbit about me, I've been trying to expand my talents to more dance and aerials, and I'm going to take a six week lyra class at philly circus school and I've been performing recently.. I've been hooping, dancing, stretching and doing more yoga than I ever have before- I can even do a split for the first time in my life so I should be happy.. but I still can't shake the feeling that I'll never get to perform at the the kind of events I want to or with the artists that I like. And then that leads to all kinds of thoughts like "What do I consider success?" hahaha...
I guess I'm just looking for some inspiration to pull me through this funk. any tips on performing, networking, etc are super super appreciated.
Success depends on your motivation for performing. It sounds like for you, it would mean performing with your favorite artists.
Depending on who those artists are, it could be as simple as getting to know them (if they are a local indie group), or joining a talent agency and winning an audition (if they are a major star).
Mostly getting performing gigs is about knowing people, so get out there and network. Talk to your fellow students in class, take workshops when special instructors come to town, meet choreographers, talk to other performers (and support them by going to their gigs). Set a goal and mention it to people. You never really know who can help you on the path to your dreams.
Success for me as a performer came when I put together a full solo show that I was proud of and could keep an audience entertained the entire time.
There are a TON of different routes within the performance world and a lot of different levels involved. You've already made the right choice in signing up for a class, also check out classes in performance, acting, drama, physical theatre, and other dance forms. Also look at what other entertainers are doing, go watch circus shows and dance recitals to get inspired.
Either way, the more skills and exposure to information you have the better, take notes after your shows to guide yourself and pay attention to what works and what doesn't and you'll grow that much faster.
Errrmaggggerd performance training class!!!!!!
Yay! I cant wait!
I am in the same boat! I have decided to take some classed at the circus school near my house to help!
Telling yourself "you will never get to perform at the kind of events you like" has got to stop! Your feelings and thoughts help create your life, not to sound woo woo ;) Fake it til you make it, and that starts with what you believe about yourself and your potential.
You are already teaching aerial and that is quite an accomplishment.
I have lots of tips on www.hooperhelper.com
It's not always easy to be professional performer, but it is so worth it.
Best of luck,
ps. For me, success means that I can live off of my hoop dance career. Mission accomplished :)