Life of a Juggler
As I am sure you are aware, I am a juggler. If you didn’t know this, to be honest, I don’t know how you would’ve found this blog and I’d be very interested in knowing how you did, so message me as I may have just missed out on a possible promotional tool! Anyways, I am a juggler, and to the uninformed person this can mean that I spend my days juggling. Juggling all the time. In fact, sometimes they seem so surprised to noticed that I am not juggling when they see me. Some people think I juggle in the shower, in my sleep, whilst I’m eating, whilst I’m on the toilet and what not, but I am sorry to say, this isn’t true. I’ve had comments whilst sitting in cafes on cruise ships such as “You should be juggling!”, “Why are you not juggling?” and “You’re not going to juggle that coffee are you?!”. The answer to all of these witty remarks, is always met with a painfully forced smile and a “No, no I shouldn’t”. This got me thinking about my job and about what I actually do. I thought as a fun little experiment, I would create a pie chart (because nothing says fun like a pie chart) of the time I spend doing anything work related. I will keep this going throughout all of 2015, and I will post updates of the Pie Chart once a week within the blog. I have broken down all of my work related activities into 8 segments. Here they are explained below:
Pretty self explanatory. Traveling will involve going to and from gigs, waiting at airports/train stations, going and coming back from practice, driving etc. I have a feeling that this may take up the majority of the segments in my citrus fruit pie chart.
Again, quite self explanatory. This includes practicing juggling, rehearsing shows, practicing new material, memorising lines etc. Basically, anything creative that is physical.
This includes brain storming, mapping out a new show, blogging, etc. Anything creative that is not physical.
This includes emails, invoicing, keeping the website up to date, calling agents, sorting promo material, video editing, applications, sorting receipts etc. Anything not physical and not creative.
Self explanatory really. My favorite bit: performing! Unfortunately, I am getting the feeling this will be the stingiest slice of my pie.
Packing and unpacking
Packing and unpacking cases for shows
Teaching at the circus school.
Preparation for a show
This includes ironing shirts, setting props, doing light and sound checks, warming up, getting in costume etc.
Staying as fit as I can I am also going to count as part of my job, because without it I really don’t think I could perform. This is my least favourite segment of the pie, and this piece is probably sugar and fat free.
I believe this is it, however I imagine when doing something like this I will inevitably miss something out and remember it about half way through the year. But we will cross that bridge if I come to it. So here is this weeks Pie chart:
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Ice Arena Wales, Cardiff
Prison Cells, The Island, Bristol, UK
Acorn Theatre, Penzance, Cornwall
Lighthouse Theatre, Poole, UK
"Handsomely suave Jon Udry takes to the stages with witty introductions and lightning skilled juggling leaving you roaring with laughter and awe."
Jackie Le - Production Manager for The Aeronaut & The Four Thieves