HOW TO MAKE MONEY DOING PARKOUR
GET INTO LIVE SHOWS
Live Shows are one of the absolute best ways in which you can put your Parkour skills to work. Paid work. They also have the potential to be
Working in live shows were one of the best times of my life. Keep in mind, I am not claiming to be an expert on anything. All of this information is just what I have learned from my personal experience and interactions with other professionals. Most of what this covers will be related to my experience working in Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
First thing's first:
• Location, location, LOCATION: Same principle as any oter career, right? If you want to work in a certain field, you have to move where the work is. Unsurprisingly, the cities where you'd have the most potential to work in live shows are:
- Orlando, Florida - theme parks
- Los Angeles, California - smaller theme parks
- Las Vegas, Nevada - mostly circus stuff
Which location is the best? In my opinion, Orlando. Orlando has larger, more reputable theme parks with more shows. Being centralized to Orlando also gives you the option to drive up to Atlanta and down to Miami to hustle for stunt work (don't worry, we'll get more into stunts later).
• Useful Skills For Live Shows: Your parkour specialty will certainly set you apart and give you an edge, but you'll have a much greater chance of making it into live shows if you expand your skillset- especially in the following areas:
- Stage Combat
- Dancing (more specifically, the ability to pick up choreography and understand 8-counts.)
Kinds of Shows
• THEME PARK SHOWS
EXAMPLES: Several theme parks around the country have stunt shows that
FIND AUDITIONS: Here are the pages that I know of where you can find auditions for several theme parks. If the option is available, make sure that you sign up for email notifications- however even if you do, make sure you still check the audition calendars every once in a while anyways.
- Universal Studios Orlando: https://www.universalorlandojobs.com/auditions/audition-schedule-2/
- Disney World (all parks): https://jobs.disneycareers.com/auditions
- Universal Studios Hollywood: https://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/auditions/
- Cedar Point Ohio: https://www.cedarpoint.com/live-entertainment
Some parks such as Six Flags get the word out for auditions and castings through other means. Many, including Disney, use Backstage.com. I used Backstage for around 3 years and it's legit. It incurs a $100 annual fee and lists auditions for all sorts of things all across the country.
In addition to the productions owned by the park itself, most theme parks also hire "third-party" companies to provide performers and shows. The Flying Fishmarket show (pictured), for example, was a third-party show performed at Universal Studios Orlando but owned by a company called AntiGravity. Auditions for performance companies like AntiGravity are varied and are often only spread by word of mouth or recommendation. Networking is important, people!
If you are going to audition for a here is what you can generally expect: You show up, often at a gymnastics center, along with dozens of other people. Auditions generally consist of several rounds of cuts, with men and women separated. Some people may be cut before anything begins if they do not fit the look for the characters being casted.
Typical audition requirements:
- pull-ups (8-10)
- rope climb
- shoulder rolls
- any show-specific moves like basic vaults
- basic fight choreography
- reading a character side
Other shows such as those owned by third-party companies and specialty shows (like a trampoline show) will have more different requirements more specific to the shows.
WHAT TO EXPECT ABOUT THE JOB:
The first and most important thing you need to understand about working in theme parks is that you are generally not going to get a full time job out of it (unless you land an abroad position in a park overseas), at least not right off the bat. Most, if not all roles in theme park stunt shows are "seasonal." That means you basically
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