Yes, and no. My particular discipline of circus performance is probably the exact opposite skillset for someone to be successful at ultimate frisbee. As an aerialist, I’m flying through the air all day. I rarely used my legs, and I certainly never ran. I also had pretty pathetic cardiovascular endurance. The transition to ultimate was almost comical.
However, there are certain skills that have proven quite helpful in ultimate:
- Body control: When I am told to change my body positioning, I can do it right away. I know my body in space quite well, and I think that has helped me quickly improve my defense.
- Performing under pressure: Sometimes games can be stressful, or I might feel a sense of responsibility. There’s no performance event that can be more nerve wracking or stressful than a dangerous circus act in front of thousands of people on a daily basis - so instead of crumbling under pressure, I’m able to rise to the challenge.
- Mental fortitude: working professionally, no matter how exhausted you are, you still need to perform. The same can be said for ultimate. You still need to put on a show.
5. What motivates you to travel?