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Circus Themed Entertainment in Calgary

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It’s been a busy couple months for circus in Calgary. Lots of people looking to bring the thrill of the circus to their events and festivals. I’ve had the chance to perform the following acts:

★ Fire Eating & Fire Manipulation
★ Stilt Walking
★ Kids Circus Workshops
★ Bare Foot Glass Walking
★ Blade Swallowing
★ Block Head
★ Angle Grinder
★ and Fire Dancing

Thank you so much to all the amazing organizers that worked so hard on these events, you guys made my month.

Here are some fun photos that feature my circus costumes. Fancy 🙂


Kids Day Camp Show and Workshop

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Performance: Kids Day Camp Show and Workshop
Client: Sandstone Christian Day Care
Skills: Prop Manipulation, Poi, Hoops, Juggling
Date: July 24, 2012

Last week I was invited to come perform for a day camp group. After a fun 20 minute show we did an hour long circus workshop and all the kids were so cute and well behaved I was in shock.

Interested in booking a circus workshop for your event? Check out KidsCircusWorkshops.com for more information on getting us into you school, daycare or festival


The Calgary Prop and Circus Flash Mob

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June 9th 2012 a group of dedicated prop manipulators and circus fans came out to have a good old flash mob on Stephen’s Ave in Calgary AB Canada.

Thank you so much to everyone for coming out.

PropFest.com for Calgary’s Next Prop Arts event
Edited & Organized by Carisa Hendrix
Music and Sound effects Licensed from AudioJungle

Thank you for the support of our community, for Spin Out Events, the Calgary Circus School, Juggle Gear, At The Hip Belly Dance & Light and Motion


Having a Good Time In Edmonton – Tales from the Road

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I had such a blast, I didn’t even put in the stuff from the strip club.

Ryan Stock’ and AmberLynn Walker are two incredible Edmonton based entertainers. Really knowledgable, pros how put on an amazing show every time. Hanging out with them and a few of the best Calgary entertainers I know was the highlight of my year.


Tips to Book More Gigs – Part 1 “Doing it Online”

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Carisa Hendrix's act at the Garden Variety Show

Photo taken by the talented Doug Wong, of Carisa Hendrix’s act at the Garden Variety Show in May 2012

We find this same issue everywhere. From catering to comedy. From marketing to music. From education to entertainment.

Some people are very busy, and others struggle for gigs. What can be really frustrating is that it’s not always the most talented, most experienced or most well connected who are the busiest. So what is it? Lucky? Nepotism? Black Magic?

Well, maybe a little.

But experts will tell you, the people who are busiest in their fields are often the ones who market themselves and promote their personal brand the most effectively. And in our modern world, that means a multi-pronged, multi-media approach to selling yourself as a performer.

Whatever your style of performance, be you Magician, Fire Dancer, Aerialist or whatever, we hope you will find at least some of the points in this 3 part article series helpful. OK, let’s get into it.

Part 1 “Doing it Online”

The three most important elements that will help you get gigs online.

Social Networking

We’ve all heard that Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and blogs are an effective way to get new eyeballs to your site. However, many of us forget to update or don’t put the time into creating attractive banners and backgrounds.

It’s not enough to just have a social network, you should aim to provide your followers with new content, maintain good web edict and put the time into making them look “real purdy”.

Websites

In the age of social media do we need a website at all. YES!

Facebook and Tumblr are becoming an excuse to not spend the time and money on a dedicated performance site. Here’s something to consider:

Yellow pages are on the decline except for use as booster seat. People are going Googling for the things they are want. A well dressed website will set you apart as one of the bigger, better fishes in the Google sea and without the design restrictions of social platforms you can represent your personal brand in the most effective way possible.

Just like in the real world, your online self needs a home to call your own. Not only will a well designed site help establish your professionalism, it can also be optimized to pull in a serious qualified search engine’s traffic.

SEO

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the buzz of all web marketing circles. The way people talk about it sometimes can feel overwhelming and a bit scam-y, but it is an important part of creating a web presence and drawing in new traffic to your site.

Firstly, a quick definition. SEO is simply the process of making a site more visible or higher ranking on various search engines, Google being the usual focus.

This is important because many people search for entertainers via these engines and most will only click through the first few sites until they find what they are looking for. According to data from the Chitika network, the #1 search result will get twice as many click throughs as the second on average.

So what can you do? Here is a quick and dirty list of effective ways to boost SEO:

  • Pick a Keyword Rich Domain Name – You may have your heart set on some clever URL for your site, but search engins prefer the clarity and straightforward nature of keyword based domains. Tip: Use Google Adwords’ keyword suggestion tool to help identify the top searched words in your field.
  • Add a Blog – Blog posts create fresh content for your site and add pages, both qualities that search engines love.
  • Keep it Speedy – Buy reasonably good hosting and keep your site from suffering “code bloat”. Search engines are as impatient as people and like a site that loads in second or preferably milliseconds.
  • Keep it Focused – Aiming for top ranking on more specific search terms will serve you better than broad ones. For example if you are a Magician in Seattle you would be better off optimizing your site for those term than more general ones like “entertainer” or “magic”.

Start Tuned for Part 2 “Doing it IRL” coming out next week and feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments below.

This article was created with the help and expertise of marketing experts and very savvy professional entertainers, you know who you are, thank you.

Originally posted at Firepedia


Comedy Glass Walking at the Garden Variety Show

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Performance: 15 Minute Comedy Glass Walking Act
Client: The Garden Variety Show
Skills: Sideshow Stunt Glass Walking, Stand Up
Date: May 31, 2012

I was invited back onto the amazing vaudeville style variety show hosted by James Jordan, the Garden Variety Show, to do my comedy glass walking set.

Thx for having me, what a show!

If you haven’t been to the Garden Variety Show yet, you need to see it. It’s as an always amazing monthly variety show, completely one of a kind in Calgary and a great night out.

Tell them Carisa sent you 🙂


Geek Bleep Episode 2 – Rome and Television: Thoughts From Places

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CarisaHendrix creates her very own “Thoughts from Places” style video about her recent trip to Rome as a tribute to the vlogbrothers.

This video kicks off the Geek Re-Born Project, Yay!!

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Raw Art, Ring-o-graphy Video / Juggling with Hoops!!!

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Performed by Alexandra Savina and Directed by Taras Pozdnyakov this video has inspired me over and over since it was shown to me by Julia at Mad skills Vancouver. Beautiful dance movements and a hoop performance with juggling patterns. Brilliant.


Geek Bleep Episode 1 – What to Expect

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In this video I talk about this year’s project. To explore my nerdy side for 1 year and vlog about it. Yay!!!!

I’ll be doing videos every week about the adventure so please subscribe 🙂

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Fire Eating at the Distillery in Calgary

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Performance: Fire Eating Performance
Client: Danika Demonika Challand
Skills: Fire Eating, Dance
Date: March 30, 2012

There is a very fun event organized by fashion designer Danika Demonika Challand called Demonika’s Symphony of Horrors and I am a huge fan.

I have had the honor of performing at almost every single one of their event and for this particular event I ate fire with a post apocalyptic style.