I'm a Circus Artist.
Let's get The Questions out of the way:
1)"So like Cirque du Soleil?" Yes, I even had the honor/curse of working for them. It was my dream, and then I moved to bigger dreams.
2) "How did you get into that?" I saw a Cirque du Soleil show, went to clown school, went to China, found a Real circus school, graduated, and was/am lucky enough to find people who want to hire me.
3) "But how do you make a living at that?" Sometimes it's harder than others, but networking and professionalism are most of it.
4) "So do you do kids birthday parties?" Sure, for the right price. Probably more than you want to pay for Junior, though.
5) "So are you from a circus family?" Nope. My mom worked in data entry and later quality assurance, my dad in computer repair. I am a first gen circus monkey.
6) (After someone has seen my act) "Wow, you're good with that broom! Can you come clean my house?" ...Standing prize of 5 dollars for broom jokes I haven't heard. That attempt was unsuccessful. Also I hate you.
OK! Now we can have a real conversation! I have had the above talk a hundred times. Who are You? What do You do? What do you Love? Hate? What can you talk about in the face of all reasonable social awareness simply because you care about it, you get excited and you want to share your enthusiasm? I want to learn these things :)
Books: 1984, Brave New World, Ender's Game, Game of Thrones, Anything written by Neal Stephenson, Bill Bryson, World War Z, Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace, The KingKiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss, The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
My job. I love it too much :)
The next Goal
The open minded, caring people I call my friends
The internet, sadly.
Also trying to figure out a more settled endgame for my career. For the most part in this industry you go where the work is, someone offers you a contract and poof, you are off to Germany or Dubai or Macau. I'd like to have more control over where and when I work, and to stay closer to my family here in California.