I didn’t grow up in the circus. I spent my childhood doing gymnastics in a leisure centre (like a local Y). From the ages of four to sixteen, I practiced running through the reception area to get to the vault and to land every dismount while attempting to avoid hitting a cinder block wall. I was a gymnast with a giant smile, long hair and unpointed toes.
Giving up gymnastics was not easy. I tried briefly to get into trampolining. Turns out trampolining is much harder than you’d think.
I did eventually leave the sport, went to university, and came away with a Law degree and a Masters in Sociology. I returned to my home town and started a business with my family. Other than yoga, I had not been doing any sports or challenging physical activity for a number of years. I’d started to miss it. On a whim, I signed up for an adult flying trapeze class at the local circus school. And I was hooked.
Over the next few years I completely immersed myself in the world of circus. Soon, I was lucky enough to be asked to join a circus company where I tried out everything I could: flying trapeze, swinging trapeze, rope, silks, hoop, acrobalance. I started to book gigs and was even earning a little money from it. I had discovered an entire world and I was lost to it.
I started to get more and more work and was lucky enough to do a series of corporate jobs, a tour of the UK and even a few big commercials. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to me, my mother had posted a video of mine on YouTube [there you go, Mum… debt acknowledged].
Cirque du Soleil contacted me shortly thereafter about a job, and within two weeks of that phone call, I was in Las Vegas on contract with The Beatles’ LOVE at the Mirage Hotel and Casino. What was supposed to be four months became four fantastic years. I am still in Vegas and now performing in Le Reve at the Wynn Hotel.
I have a dog and a husband and a closet full of clothes, all of which are important to me in varying degrees (seriously… I have an amazing dog). So that’s me in a nutshell.
A post on stylish nutshells coming soon.
Here’s a pictorial throwback to some gigs and shows along the way:
(I’m holding Garfield in the middle)
You can click here to see a tv commerical I did (note: we were paid to miss the trick).
*Yes… this is a reference to a Journey song.