Every audience is different. As a performer you need to figure out the uniqueness of your audience, meet them where they are, and from there take them with you on a journey of discovery and entertainment.
Here’s what that looks like when your audience is a 15-month-old:
Our hats off to the unnamed juggler who isn’t above juggling for a “smaller” audience!
Forest preserve commissioners were in clean-up mode during their Wednesday meeting. They cleared off the books some old — and possibly illegal — ordinances and better defined “misconduct rules,” including what constitutes indecent exposure on the forest preserve links.
This included removing ordinances against juggling, acrobatic feats, and fortune telling.
We’re glad that Cook County officials finally realized that JUGGLING IS NOT A CRIME!
Another great tribute to often overlooked street performers!
Venice Beach Artists is a blog forged by Nowhere Man, one of the performers frequently found on the sandy sidewalk himself. Nowhere Man has begun the task of cataloging the menagerie of unique characters along this classic Los Angeles boardwalk.
Rick the Juggler, one of the performers featured on Venice Beach Artists, has been juggling at Venice Beach for over four years.
Nowhere Man treats him, and each of his subjects (from the members of the Hare Krishna Cultural Center to Tony B. Concious the self-proclaimed “Ghetto Van-Go”), with a refreshing level of honor and respect.
Colombia has been especially hard hit by the world’s current financial challenges. An article on CCTV.com explains that many Colombians in the city of Bogota are turning to street performing for two reasons: to make a living, and to make people smile in a desperate time.
Juggler Angel Rubiano said, “We keep working. As you see we are all in the mood to work, make some money and improve this art, despite the fact that the country is in crisis. We don’t want to be part of the crisis and we are working here to make you laugh and fill you with emotions and sensations.”
One of the ways they perform is by jumping in front of traffic at red lights and putting on a 30 second show. It’s a pretty intense form of street performing; and even though we’re pretty sure you’d get you thrown in jail in America for doing something like that, it makes us wonder about other outside-the-box ideas performers can make a few extra bucks in this difficult time.
Here’s a video of some red-light street performers in Bogota:
I performed my first street show of the season today at Seaport Village in San Diego.
I got off to a late start this year for a few reasons:
May was supposed to be my retooling month but I ended up putting in a million extra hours at my “real job“.
I have been dealing with some colds over the past couple of weeks so I haven’t been at my physical peak.
Acclimating to my new clubs threw me off more than I thought it would.
Despite these factors I decided to go out today no matter what. Sure it’s a Thursday afternoon and no one will probably be there. Sure I haven’t practiced much lately and my show might turn into a drop-fest. Sure I could be spending my time getting my car to pass smog. But no. Today was the day.
And it turned out surprisingly well! I did one show (did the old “quit while I was ahead” routine) and had a healthy crowd of about 75 people stick around for 45 minutes. They crowd was fairly responsive to the show, I had less flubs than I thought I would my first time out for the season, and a little kid named Esteban ended up stealing the show.
I’m very pleased with the first show of the season and look forward to tweaking it for the summer days ahead.
(By the way, the picture above isn’t my crowd. It’s just a shot of Seaport Village to show you where I was.)