Could you introduce yourself in a few words?
My name is Philip, but I usually go by my stage name: Spee-d. I specialize in Capoeira, breakdancing, and acrobatics. I have been with KÀ for about 7 years now. I am a generalist in the show, and I also backup 2 main characters! So much fun!
What inspired you to pursue a career in the circus arts and entertainment industry?
I have been performing since I was 10 years old. I love being on stage and sharing my talent. I am a first-generation performer, and my son Noah is now the one continuing this legacy.
How do you balance your career with your family life and responsibilities as a father?
I love being a dad. While my career is important to me, my responsibilities as a father will always take priority. I don't find it difficult because my family understands the lifestyle of a performer. It's a lot of fun, especially since my son has similar interests to mine and his momma’s.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in the circus arts?
I would say that no matter what you decide to do as a performer, always strive to be the best. My dad gave me this advice when I was younger, and it really kept me on track and helped me to be the best I could be. I gave the same advice to Noah, as well.
How do you see the future of the circus industry evolving in Las Vegas and how would this shape your son’s future career?
I think the industry is growing. We will soon see many more shows and new performers will take the stage. I see a ton of opportunities for Noah and other young circus enthusiasts looking to work in the field of performing.
How involved is your son in your career and training?
He is very involved since we train together as a family, both for work and for competitions. He is a very hard worker and dedicated to his craft. He loves what he does, and I think that is extremely important.
Can you introduce yourself in a few words?
What is your favorite act to perform on The Beatles LOVE?
My favorite circus act to perform in The Beatles LOVE is "Day in the Life”. I like doing it because I get to act a lot and it’s such a fun number to be part of.
How do you balance your training and practice with your schoolwork and other activities?
I used to be in regular school, but now I'm homeschooled. However, when I was in regular school, it wasn't hard to balance work and everything else. The days I had training or a show, my mom and dad would pick me up early from class so that I could finish my homework. It worked well, when I came home from work, I didn't have to do schoolwork.
How has your father's career and passion for the circus arts influenced your own interests?
Without my dad I wouldn't be where I am now. My dad was working on KÀ before I auditioned, he was the one who told me about the role and got me to try out for it. Knowing how cool my dad's show was, I wanted to join a Cirque show. He coached me well so I could get this job. This way, we can both be at Cirque!
How do you see yourself progressing and growing as a circus performer in the future?
My dream is to work in the circus industry and perform in front of thousands of people. I see myself growing as a performer and progressing enough in my discipline so that I can join a circus when I'm older. Having my current role helped me become a better performer too.
What advice would you give to other kids who are interested in the circus arts?
Some advice I could give to kids who are interested in circus arts is that it won’t come easy. If you want it, you will have to train hard for it. If you don't get it at first, don't be upset because there will always be more opportunities for you.