CircusTalk Launches Expanded Online Casting Tools for Circus and Performing Arts

CircusTalk, the online casting and career marketplace for circus and the performing arts, has announced the launch of a new membership tier, Talent Seeker PRO, which helps talent seekers conduct detailed searches of talent for circus, variety arts, dance and physical theater artists. .

The new functionality allows talent scouts to perform detailed searches, allowing them to identify specialist or multidisciplinary artists via the search functionality by discipline. Talent seekers can also manage their preferred candidates on a dashboard that provides several workflow organization tools, such as custom search sets, tags, and lists.

Last year, CircusTalk conducted a qualitative research project designed to explore the casting process from the perspective of talent scouts and learn more about their methodology, tools and resources. The research concluded that although the circus is undeniably a distinct art form, it is not always recognized as such and has yet to be fully integrated into the broader performing arts sector. Barriers to its inclusion include the specialized technical acumen of the circus, higher production costs and high safety standards compared to other forms of art and entertainment. As of 2021, the circus casting field is still primarily built on personal networks, proprietary databases, and referrals, and lacks formal casting distribution practice. These processes perpetuate exclusivity within the industry, rather than supporting the creation of a level playing field for circus artists and creators.

Casting for TV, Film and Theater has been integrating independent online casting databases into the hiring process for more than two decades to broaden the selection and screening process and make it more efficient and inclusive. “It was time for non-verbal performance artists to have the visibility and accessibility that an online casting platform can provide,” says CircusTalk co-founder Andrea Honis. This idea of ​​boosting visibility has long been a principle behind the work and mission of CircusTalk. Since its launch in 2017, its talent database, accessible via CircusTalk.com, has grown exponentially; today it features more than 27,000 performers from 193 countries.

“I’m excited to launch this feature and proud to be able to fill a gap in the market. Our independent database of international talent is designed to serve freelance casting directors, casting specialists within companies and organizations, and anyone looking to hire talent but doesn’t have the luxury of a private database. I’m confident that the accessibility this bespoke casting tool provides will also support more diverse and equitable casting practices. says Stacy Clark, CEO.

The demand for multidisciplinary talent is growing in the performing arts, theatre, film and television. While CircusTalk’s research has highlighted that circus has enormous potential and momentum for growth within the performing arts, it has also highlighted that the industry has work to do to better integrate circus. and variety arts in the performing arts business. arts.

The talent database is accessible via CircusTalk.com.