Pamela is creating Performance: Cirque Style Shows
1
patron
$23
per month
I have been performing as a dancer and circus artist for over ten years. I was trained as a competitive gymnast, started dancing in high school and then continued into aerial arts. After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in Cultural and Social Anthropology I moved to New York to dance. I then started working at the University of California, Irvine as a research associate studying socio-political inequalities and conflict and how to create peace and sustainably livelihoods for vulnerable communities. Our research areas were primarily located in Africa. Four years, multiple international trips and promotions later I left my day job to perform full time in Le Reve in Las Vegas. Le Reve is the first show created by the legendary Cirque Du Soleil director, Franco Dragone, under his own company name. 

Prior to joining Le Reve I had created a number of solo acts, duos, performed in dance companies and tours and began setting up my own tours. After performing with Le Reve I felt something was missing. Although I have more than enough skills as a technical acrobat that’s not all there is to me. Performance for me is about creating and communicating, not just regurgitating for a particular audience in order to bring a larger profit to the wealthy. Upon leaving Le Reve I started performing all sorts of gigs while creating my own work and growing to the point that I am at now. I performed on a German cruise ship, starred in dinner shows, did commercial work and live television but found it difficult to maintain a reliable income while allocating enough time to creation and training.

I am on Pateron for three reasons:
  • 1.When a circus performer is performing every day their body is not physically capable of also putting in hours of physical creation work and advancing their skills to keep up with the industry; therefore they require support from their community to pay bills and stay alive while putting in the blood, sweat and tears it takes to create incredible work.
  • 2.Artists and performers often have to hustle and then really fight for their living wage. Because as circus has become increasingly popular and we do not currently have a union professional standards have been thrown out the door and undercutters have come flooding in. This means I have to spend a tremendous amount of time getting booked on a gig and even more time advocating for a decent rate. This method of fundraising is in no way sustainable and completely counter intuitive to artistic production.
  • 3.MOST IMPORTANTLY!!! I am here to provide a platform for my friends, supporters, fans and soon to be fans to be part of something great by supporting my artistic vision and company mission.

Audiences often only see a completed act (typically about five intense minutes of performance). They don’t often see or comprehend the hundreds of hours that go into creating that act or show. This involves: skill training, rehearsals, costuming, music creation, etc. In addition, just like any self employed person, self employed circus artists do not have employer sponsored health plans or liability insurance, but they do have mortgages, car notes and a general need to eat. Although the quality and accessibility of circus arts has advanced tremendously, the funds allocated towards these artistic adventures and plummeted to shameful levels. Rehearsal space, training and proper circus equipment is expensive and we artists need your support! 
Tiers
Become A Patron
$3 or more per month
We sincerely appreciate  your support. Thank you for joining my community of patrons. You will now have access to patron-only content. 
Early Access
$10 or more per month
See my latest moves before anyone else! As a special thank you for your support you will get...
  • Exclusive sneak peeks at upcoming productions
  • Plus all previous rewards
Performance Ink
$25 or more per month
We appreciate your support and in exchange we will send you...
  • Cool merchandise every three months
  • Plus all previous rewards
Goals
$23 of $3,000 per month
These funds will contribute to the development of an evening length circus and dance show in Santa Monica, CA. With these funds the show will premiere before an audience and be properly documented. I will then be able to create marketing material for future choreographic developments and more shows at larger venues. The goal of $3,000 will help fund...
  • legal and accounting assistance
  • the production design and staging
  • payment for performers
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I have been performing as a dancer and circus artist for over ten years. I was trained as a competitive gymnast, started dancing in high school and then continued into aerial arts. After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in Cultural and Social Anthropology I moved to New York to dance. I then started working at the University of California, Irvine as a research associate studying socio-political inequalities and conflict and how to create peace and sustainably livelihoods for vulnerable communities. Our research areas were primarily located in Africa. Four years, multiple international trips and promotions later I left my day job to perform full time in Le Reve in Las Vegas. Le Reve is the first show created by the legendary Cirque Du Soleil director, Franco Dragone, under his own company name. 

Prior to joining Le Reve I had created a number of solo acts, duos, performed in dance companies and tours and began setting up my own tours. After performing with Le Reve I felt something was missing. Although I have more than enough skills as a technical acrobat that’s not all there is to me. Performance for me is about creating and communicating, not just regurgitating for a particular audience in order to bring a larger profit to the wealthy. Upon leaving Le Reve I started performing all sorts of gigs while creating my own work and growing to the point that I am at now. I performed on a German cruise ship, starred in dinner shows, did commercial work and live television but found it difficult to maintain a reliable income while allocating enough time to creation and training.

I am on Pateron for three reasons:
  • 1.When a circus performer is performing every day their body is not physically capable of also putting in hours of physical creation work and advancing their skills to keep up with the industry; therefore they require support from their community to pay bills and stay alive while putting in the blood, sweat and tears it takes to create incredible work.
  • 2.Artists and performers often have to hustle and then really fight for their living wage. Because as circus has become increasingly popular and we do not currently have a union professional standards have been thrown out the door and undercutters have come flooding in. This means I have to spend a tremendous amount of time getting booked on a gig and even more time advocating for a decent rate. This method of fundraising is in no way sustainable and completely counter intuitive to artistic production.
  • 3.MOST IMPORTANTLY!!! I am here to provide a platform for my friends, supporters, fans and soon to be fans to be part of something great by supporting my artistic vision and company mission.

Audiences often only see a completed act (typically about five intense minutes of performance). They don’t often see or comprehend the hundreds of hours that go into creating that act or show. This involves: skill training, rehearsals, costuming, music creation, etc. In addition, just like any self employed person, self employed circus artists do not have employer sponsored health plans or liability insurance, but they do have mortgages, car notes and a general need to eat. Although the quality and accessibility of circus arts has advanced tremendously, the funds allocated towards these artistic adventures and plummeted to shameful levels. Rehearsal space, training and proper circus equipment is expensive and we artists need your support! 

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Tiers
Become A Patron
$3 or more per month
We sincerely appreciate  your support. Thank you for joining my community of patrons. You will now have access to patron-only content. 
Early Access
$10 or more per month
See my latest moves before anyone else! As a special thank you for your support you will get...
  • Exclusive sneak peeks at upcoming productions
  • Plus all previous rewards
Performance Ink
$25 or more per month
We appreciate your support and in exchange we will send you...
  • Cool merchandise every three months
  • Plus all previous rewards