Two months of labor (adding up to about 30hrs total) and $300 later, my handmade hula slinky is complete!
This was the process...
My sweet boy Hank was unhappy on our recent tour to Texas and back to Florida, so I decided that it was time for him to retire.
After leaving King Cole Circus, it was a long, 3-day drive home, with plenty of adventures. The drive from Corsicana, Texas to Fort Myers, Florida is about 1,200 miles... and my truck was not loving my trailer for most of it.
I think it's one of those "rights of passage" things.
Foggy mornings are my favorite. It just feels like the world is full of possibilities, and you're waking up in to something amazing!
Circus life, am I right?
Well, entertainment, really. One day things are going great and your dreams are coming true, and the next you're back in the wasteland, fighting to get back in the stream. The struggle is real.
This past year has been a lot of learning and a lot of patience. A lot of ups and a lot of downs. A lot of hoping and praying and dreaming and waiting... and not a lot of return I was hoping for.
Recently, a friend and student asked me what the difference was between doing an act and doing a gig. This breaks down to "What is an ambiant act?" and "What is a flash act?"
Antipodism: the act of juggling objects with one's feet while lying down, usually in a special chair.
I am so very blessed to have a father who is also a master carpenter! Over the years, he has helped me to make so many props-- from meteor bowls to plate spinning sticks, from a rola bola to a cardboard box oven. Most recently, he and I made a foot juggling chair.
In the circus, it is highly favorable to be a well-rounded performer. Not only should you be able to perform a variety of styles, but also a variety of skills. If you can offer multiple acts to a company, then you are more likely to get hired, and for higher pay, because the show can pay you a little extra to do two acts instead of paying two separate people. This works out well for both parties.
As an aerialist, I understand the high value in also having a ground act. Although I am able to offer aerial acts on a variety of apparatuses (silks, lyra, Spanish web, strap loops, pole, static trapeze, and hammock), it is not always enough. Currently, I can also do stilt walking, ring master/emcee, and basic comedy/clown. But I also really want to have a nice, strong ground act that is marketable and glamorous.