About this project
We are believers that following your inspiration will lead to great things...Apprentices gain substantially from the experience, often in surprising ways...
Flynn Creek Circus is proud to offer an apprenticeship program supporting youth performers aged 16 and older. The purpose of the program is to establish mentorship relationships between new artists and seasoned professionals that will help guide informed career decisions.
Apprentices are expected to participate fully in build up and pull down of the circus big top, advertising the show, ticket office or ushering pre-show, to learn about safety and procedure, coupling trailers, and to perform regularly in the show. In short, apprentices are given the 'life skills' to survive and thrive in the performance industry and a 'life experience' that builds confidence and tenacity.
As a core element of the program, apprentices are required to stay on site with the circus. This immersion is an essential element in learning self reliance and for many, it is their first time away from home. In our first two touring seasons, Flynn Creek Circus was able to enlist 4 apprentices who have since continued to grow as professional performers. For 2017, we have many worthy candidates seeking this unrivaled experience. We don't, however, have any way to house them. This has been and continues to be a struggle for the program. We hope to solve this issue resolutely with a dedicated living trailer exclusively for the Apprentice Program. As always, the problem comes down to money. As a fledgling company, we don't have the resources to supply this equipment yet. Our projected budget timeline puts this more than 2 years out... but the kids won't be kids in 2 years. Their time is now. This Kickstarter project represents the bare minimum needed to relaunch the Apprenticeship program. With more funding, Flynn Creek Circus could expand the program, offering more positions on the tour.
For anyone who has ever dreamed of running away with the circus, this is your chance to make that dream come true. Whether it's becoming a singer, artist, owning your own business, or fighting for a cause, living your dream is a rare courage that needs nurturing. In our wildest fantasies, Flynn Creek Circus would be a starting point for emerging youth to find their way in a vast world full of playful inspiration. We are calling on your support to bring the adventure and magic back into childhood and preserve it well into adulthood.
Risks and challenges
Living trailers are notoriously over priced and of poor construction quality. Fortunately, as veterans of 'tiny living' we know exactly what to look for. Flynn Creek Circus will inspect living trailer candidates for potential leaks, axles damage, and other safety concerns. We are confident that we can find a modest but adequate living trailer to house our apprentices to last for this season and beyond within budget. Minor repairs are expected and we are equipped with the knowledge and tools to handle them. If we are able to overreach our goal, the excess funds will mean that higher quality facilities supporting more candidates can be attained.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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