How does it feel when you get to do something that you know you have a knack for and that you really enjoy doing? How does that feel as a performer with a big, loud, live audience?
It feels really good!
Through a friend of a friend I recently landed a performing opportunity at a major concert event in Toronto called, Electric Island. This is an annual series of parties where people dance on Toronto’s Centre Island. The promoters bring in DJ’s from all over the world. If you enjoy Electronic Dance Music, these events are a lot of fun.
Years ago I did more professional juggling than recently but I still very much enjoy it. While helping a friend with his hugely interactive Ping-Pong exhibit at vanGrey.ca this summer, I met the owner of a company called, “MoltenVisual“, Christian Skjødt. Once he saw an old promotional video of mine, he arranged to get me on stage to perform during the headlining act, Maya Jane Coles. While up there I did some juggling with these glow-in-the-dark juggling balls and Christian did live feed editing onto the big screen behind the DJ. Combined with his stunning visual effects, together we created something challenging, creative and unique.
Tony Esteves performing at Electric Island for over 5000 people. August 4, 2014
This was exciting for me as it was the largest live audience I had ever performed for and it felt really good. This opportunity re-awakened the performer in me and it’s something that I’ll continue to explore further. Who knows where it might lead me?
I have not mentioned much about my performing career on this website as I’ve sometimes thought that it might seem inappropriate material for a corporate trainer / speaker to promote. But who am I kidding? This is who I am! And I now know that I can be an artistic performer sometimes and a trainer at other times. I have already enjoyed some occasions when I’ve combined the two. Most people wear many hats. That’s part of what adds the spice to life.
It becomes an inner conflict when we think we need to hide some of those hats in the closet. It’s a huge waste of energy to pretend to be something other than who we are. So be real. Life is way too short.
I had a great time doing something that I love and it all came about as a result of an unexpected connection. Please enjoy the video above.
If you’d like to learn a little more about how to benefit from some unexpected connections of your own, please get in touch with me. I’d love to hear from you.
If you love doing something, go do it!