Phaedra, my roommate from college, looked at me with the look on her face that said, ‘I can not believe you just said that out loud’. While dining at the home of the rich and famous or the rich and well-known I should say, I happened on this debonair man from the state of Texas who asked me what I was going to do after I graduated college (undergrad). I looked at him with a grin and said, “I am joining the circus”. He laughed. And that is when Phaedra’s “I can not believe you just said that look” appeared.
I was one-half serious and one-half not so serious. I was not able to locate too many teaching opportunities in Texas (partly because I wanted to live in a certain area, and I was unwilling to give up my geographical preference).
The response I’d given to the man came up simply because I’d taken Phaedra and Claire (a mutual friend) to see Cirque du Soleil in Austin, Texas. From my fascination then came intrigue and there I found myself on the Cirque du Soleil Careers website looking for jobs for teachers. Eureka!
Because there are child-performers there was a demand for teachers to teach children of the circus. Teachers would travel with the children and other circus members and teach the children when they are not training.
It seemed like a heavenly opportunity. I figured, however, someone else would do better at the job than I. So, I never applied. It was a lofty thought for me. Though, had I had the sense I have now, I would have at least applied. If this job strikes your fancy I’d consider looking at other traveling circus shows (or other traveling shows for that matter).
Oh, yes, and if you’ve not been to see Cirque Du Soleil, you must make every attempt to do so in this lifetime. It really is that wonderful.