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Job Title – Circus Performer


A Circus Performer entertains audiences with displays of skills like acrobatics, juggles, stilt-walks and aerial work on trapezes and high wires. Other popular acts include clowns, mime artists, fire eaters, sword swallowers and dancers. They perform at a range of events, including: Traditional 'big top' circuses.

Typical Job Activities

Keeps existing skills and act polished
Works on new abilities
Maintains strength and flexibility
Devises new performance choreography
Works with directors and other performers
Goes to auditions and liaising with agents
Performs in front of a live audience 

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Related Occupations 

Circus artists 

Educational Requirements

Senior Certificate

Compulsory subjects: None
Recommended subjects:Art, Speech and Drama and Dance

Entry to Work Place

Proven acrobatic skills.

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

Be dedicated to goals
Be self-motivated
Have natural attractiveness and charm
Be able to maintain excellent health and have good physical stamina
Enjoy working together with people
Be imaginative and creative
Be able to work well under pressure
Have initiative and self-confidence
Have gymnastics background

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Self-Employment Opportunities


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Possible Employers

Circus companies
Entertainment center
Self employed
Cruise ships
Live shows
Amusement parks

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Relevant Contact Details

Zip Zap Circus

Universoul Circus

Career Progress and Path

Experience in specific fieldWork performance

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field

Employment Stability

Not very stable

Reasons to consider this career

I can entertain people
I can work for myself
I can apply my special skills
I can communicate and interact with people
I can work internationally