Memorial day has come and gone making it officially street performing season. If you’re a juggler and you’ve never experienced the thrill of trying to make money on the street you are missing out on one of my favorite parts of the juggling subculture.
It always surprises me how many talented jugglers are unwilling to bring their juggling to the street. I’m a firm believer that anyone, at any skill level, with any performance style, can put together a successful street show and even make a little money on the side.
If your interested in street performing but don’t know where to start let me recommend Street Theatre a DVD put together by Peter Shatalow. I’ve always thought that the best way to build your own show is to watch as many other performers as possible. This DVD allows you to do just that with clips from 22 different street acts (including my favorite The Jim Show) interspersed with tips and advice from the performers.
I had my first street shows of the season last weekend and all of the drama, the nervousness, the thrills, and, ultimately, the satisfaction of performing on the street has all flooded back into my veins. I can’t wait for next week!