Zoe Jones, circus performer
Former gymnast Zoe Jones studied at London's Circus Space, working other jobs to pay the bills in between performing opportunities.
I was born in France and have lived there and in California. I'm currently living in London.
What job do you do?
I'm a circus performer.
What previous jobs in theatre have you done?
Not many – I worked for two years as a cocktail bartender in some of the most exclusive clubs in London, and hated it!
What qualifications do you have?
I studied at the Circus Space in London. To pay the bills, I worked sporadically as a cocktail bartender for various events companies.
Before that, my first circus training was a three-month intensive course at Greentop Circus in Sheffield.
Previously, I had trained as a gymnast for 11 years. For quite a while when I was younger, I thought I was going to be an Olympic gymnast.
My course at the Circus Space was full-time. We started at 9am and finished at 4pm.
Throughout the week, we did a variety of things, including theatre work, dance, juggling, corde lisse (acrobatics on a vertically-hanging rope) and trapeze. Not to mention plenty of conditioning and stretching!
What’s the best thing about your job?
It’s great to be able to use my body in such a physical way.
And the worst thing about the job?
Since I have to use my body like a machine, I have to make sure that it is well-tuned.
This means I always have to make sure I’ve had enough sleep. I also mustn't drink too much alcohol or eat the wrong things, or else I suffer the next day!
How do I get into theatre?
Go for it! Don’t ever think that you’re too old, or that you have to get a 'proper' job.
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