The Artist Athlete Podcast podcast

The Artist Athlete Podcast

Shannon McKenna

This podcast is dedicated to CIRCUS. Aerialist, Shannon McKenna interviews guests from acrobats in Cirque du Soleil to circus therapists and everyone in between. Learn the backstage lives of those who flip, twist, sparkle, and shine under the big top. Shannon McKenna is an internationally recognized circus performer and coach. For the past decade, she has been a freelance artist: giving workshops and classes across 7 countries and working on and back stage for both traditional and contemporary circus shows in the US, Portugal, Germany, and Australia. She holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a concentration on post-modern physical theater (how’s that for a mouthful?). She founded The Artist Athlete in 2018 as a means to produce educational materials for aerial artists and a podcast in which she interviews experts in the circus industry about their careers. If you’re reading this, you’re probably listening to it. Thank you! She currently lives in Atlanta, GA USA, but gravitates towards whichever circus community is the warmest. Find her online: www.theartistathlete.com Facebook: The Artist Athlete Instagram: @the_artist_athlete

135 Episoden

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    Episode 117: Let’s Talk About PRICING with Ileigh Reynolds

    1:09:43

    A question that has plagued many aspiring professional circus artists for YEARS is “how much should I charge for this stuff anyway?” And today, Ileigh Reynolds, artist, event co-ordinator and founder of the online company Circus Boss is here to give you some answers! ------------------------------------------------------------------ Please won’t you be a Patreon?: http://www.patreon.com/theartistathlete This podcast is dedicated to CIRCUS. Aerialist, Shannon McKenna interviews guests from acrobats in Cirque du Soleil to circus therapists and everyone in between. Learn the backstage lives of those who flip, twist, sparkle, and shine under the big top. Find her online: www.theartistathlete.com Facebook: theartistathlete IG: @the_artist_athlete ------------------------------------------------------------------ Links: circusboss.com/gigpayguide youneedabudget.com Books: Profit First but Mike Michalowicz
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    Episode 116: Mastering Instagram with The Movement Maestro

    1:22:44

    As circus artists, do we NEED social media in our lives? That’s the question this interview with Shante Coefield, physical therapist turned online entrepreneur, seeks to answer on this episode. Plenty of actionable tips and tricks to grow your social media presence in this episode (if that’s what you WANT to do.) ------------------------------------------------------ Please won’t you be a Patreon?: http://www.patreon.com/theartistathlete This podcast is dedicated to CIRCUS. Aerialist, Shannon McKenna interviews guests from acrobats in Cirque du Soleil to circus therapists and everyone in between. Learn the backstage lives of those who flip, twist, sparkle, and shine under the big top.   Find her online: www.theartistathlete.com Facebook: theartistathlete IG: @the_artist_athlete ------------------------------------------------------ Books by White Guys that Shante mentions: Steven Pressfield Seth Godin James Clear  
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    Episode 115: How To Be A Circus Celebrity with Aurelia Cats

    1:31:38

    GO WATCH THIS RIGHT NOW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLgMEXCyeN0   Aurelia Cats created not only an act, but an iconic style of trapeze in the early 2000’s. This interview is full of stories of gluing fake nails onto the skin of her fingers, doing doubles until she was bleeding in China, and playing the role of the “bad” judge on Celebrity Circus. Additionally, Aurelia reflects on the business of circus- then and now- and how to move forward in this new circus landscape. ------------------------------------------- Please won’t you be a Patreon?: http://www.patreon.com/theartistathlete This podcast is dedicated to CIRCUS. Aerialist, Shannon McKenna interviews guests from acrobats in Cirque du Soleil to circus therapists and everyone in between. Learn the backstage lives of those who flip, twist, sparkle, and shine under the big top.   Find her online: www.theartistathlete.com Facebook: theartistathlete IG: @the_artist_athlete  
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    Episode 114: Overcoming Psychological Blocks with Elena Panova

    1:16:24

    The famous Elena Panova originated swinging trapeze as it is today, but even this siren of the sky had to overcome fear and self-doubt to reach her greatest potential. Hear how she did it, and so much more.  --------------------------------------- Please won’t you be a Patreon?: http://www.patreon.com/theartistathlete This podcast is dedicated to CIRCUS. Aerialist, Shannon McKenna interviews guests from acrobats in Cirque du Soleil to circus therapists and everyone in between. Learn the backstage lives of those who flip, twist, sparkle, and shine under the big top.   Find her online: www.theartistathlete.com Facebook: theartistathlete IG: @the_artist_athlete --------------------------------------- For more on Elena:  IG: @elena.panova.trapeze Online: http://www.circopedia.org/Elena_Panova
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    Episode 113: How to Survive Your Worst Act with Rodleigh Stevens

    1:24:20

    Rodleigh Stevens is a fifth generation circus performer, but his journey to the big top was anything but easy. His father died when he was young and his mother forbade him from following in his footsteps. Hear how passion won out and Rodleigh’s advice for coaching.   Please won’t you be a Patreon?: http://www.patreon.com/theartistathlete This podcast is dedicated to CIRCUS. Aerialist, Shannon McKenna interviews guests from acrobats in Cirque du Soleil to circus therapists and everyone in between. Learn the backstage lives of those who flip, twist, sparkle, and shine under the big top.   Find her online: www.theartistathlete.com Facebook: theartistathlete IG: @the_artist_athlete Find Rodleigh online: http://www.yourcircuscoach.com IG: rodleigh_stevens   Circus Barum: https://gettotext.com/gerd-siemoneit-barum-the-circus-legend-has-died/ https://second.wiki/wiki/circus_barum
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    Episode 112: On Motherhood, Innovating, and Circling Back with Elena Lev

    1:12:37

    Elena Lev hit the world’s stages young with an innovative hula hoop act that became a Cirque du Soleil staple, meanwhile, off stage, she was navigating the challenges of motherhood, evolving as an artist, and developing her other interests, while feeding her passion for the circus life.   Please won’t you be a Patreon?: http://www.patreon.com/theartistathlete This podcast is dedicated to CIRCUS. Aerialist, Shannon McKenna interviews guests from acrobats in Cirque du Soleil to circus therapists and everyone in between. Learn the backstage lives of those who flip, twist, sparkle, and shine under the big top.   Find her online: www.theartistathlete.com Facebook: theartistathlete IG: @the_artist_athlete --------------------------------------------- For more on Elena: Instagram: @hoopsact_elenalev The Iconic Act: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rycHQRzQxHA
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    Episode 111: Circus Now vs Then with Richie Gaona

    1:02:07

    Kicking off our four part series on iconic stars of the circus is Richie Gaona, a fourth generation circus performer who flew with one of the most successful flying trapeze families of the time: The Flying Gaonas. Please won’t you be a Patreon?: http://www.patreon.com/theartistathlete This podcast is dedicated to CIRCUS. Aerialist, Shannon McKenna interviews guests from acrobats in Cirque du Soleil to circus therapists and everyone in between. Learn the backstage lives of those who flip, twist, sparkle, and shine under the big top. Find her online: www.theartistathlete.com Facebook: theartistathlete IG: @the_artist_athlete ----------------------- Resources: Richie Gaona website: https://flyingtrapeze.com/ The Flying Gaonas documentary: www.Theflightfantastic.com. Richie Gaona at the World Acrobatic Society: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRofvWvvZ4Y IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0304743/  
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    Episode 110 Part 2: Eating Disorders in Circus with Dr. Jodie Richardson

    41:59

    What causes an eating disorder? Why do some people get them and some don’t? How do you know if you have one? Dr. Jodie Richardson, clinical psychologist and eating disorder specialist, answers all of our questions and more. Please won’t you be a Patreon?: http://www.patreon.com/theartistathlete This podcast is dedicated to CIRCUS. Aerialist, Shannon McKenna interviews guests from acrobats in Cirque du Soleil to circus therapists and everyone in between. Learn the backstage lives of those who flip, twist, sparkle, and shine under the big top. Find her online: www.theartistathlete.com Facebook: theartistathlete IG: @the_artist_athlete -------------------------------------- For more resources and support on Eating Disorders, please see the following links: Dare to Fuel Performance - Training and consulting organization that educates and supports the sporting and performance arts environments in the prevention, management and treatment of eating disorders.  www.daretofuelperformance.com  Connecte Montreal Psychology Group – Blog posts from the Connecte psychology team on eating and weight-related issues and body image.  https://connectepsychology.com/en/library/blog/body-image-and-eating/ Alexia de Macar Nutrition Sport & Performance: co-founder of Dare to Fuel Performance  www.alexiademacar.com  ANEB - Non-profit organization offering various services including support groups, resources, listening helpline, and conferences for individuals suffering from eating disorders, and their friends and family. https://anebquebec.com/
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    Episode 110 Part 1: Eating Disorders in Circus with Dr. Jodie Richardson

    1:08:41

    What causes an eating disorder? Why do some people get them and some don’t? How do you know if you have one? Dr. Jodie Richardson, clinical psychologist and eating disorder specialist, answers all of our questions and more. Please won’t you be a Patreon?: http://www.patreon.com/theartistathlete This podcast is dedicated to CIRCUS. Aerialist, Shannon McKenna interviews guests from acrobats in Cirque du Soleil to circus therapists and everyone in between. Learn the backstage lives of those who flip, twist, sparkle, and shine under the big top. Find her online: www.theartistathlete.com Facebook: theartistathlete IG: @the_artist_athlete -------------------------------------- For more resources and support on Eating Disorders, please see the following links: Dare to Fuel Performance - Training and consulting organization that educates and supports the sporting and performance arts environments in the prevention, management and treatment of eating disorders.  www.daretofuelperformance.com  Connecte Montreal Psychology Group – Blog posts from the Connecte psychology team on eating and weight-related issues and body image.  https://connectepsychology.com/en/library/blog/body-image-and-eating/ Alexia de Macar Nutrition Sport & Performance: co-founder of Dare to Fuel Performance  www.alexiademacar.com  ANEB - Non-profit organization offering various services including support groups, resources, listening helpline, and conferences for individuals suffering from eating disorders, and their friends and family. https://anebquebec.com/
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    Special Episode: Remembering Raph

    33:20

    This episode deals with grief and circus. It is dedicated to Raphael Cruz and it's for anyone out there who is struggling with loss.

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