Making It a Career (Part 2) – The Niche Within
Once you know which prop suits you most for taking flow arts to the level of professionality, you’ll want to develop a niche within your niche prop.
There are likely hundreds, of not, thousands of other hooper, poi spinner, staff, fan, and dart spinners out there. With that being said, it’s important to dive deeper into what makes you stand out from the rest. If you’re a hooper, what makes your hooping unique? Is it multiple hoops? Hooping in heels? Hooping while singing, playing an instrument, or perhaps on a big red ball like Grace Good?
At first, this may seem like infinity within infinity, and it can be overwhelming! But don’t worry! Specializing within your specialty is important for growing in an industry with many others doing similar things. Having something unique about your flow (other than its inevitable character) is key to becoming noticed by those who are already looking to connect and collaborate! This is where flow arts expands into the potential of becoming a business.
Regardless of what prop you’ve chosen, there are many ways you can expand and diversify.
Flow Arts Niches:
- LED performances
- Fire performances
- Hooping with other props/dance
- Choreographed routines to music
- Online workshops/classes
- Teaching in person workshops/classes
- Teaching with a unique niche (such as to kids, at festivals, or for people with disabilities)
When I began hooping as a profession, I chose fire performing and teaching the basics in classes and in tutorials. Later I expanded with multiple hoops, choreographed routines, and other props! As you continue along your flow arts career, keep in mind, that as your skills improve it becomes easier to add more to you plate, and thus offer more services.
Roots for Success
Once you have an idea of what your niches (and niches within) are, you’re able to refine and master skills such that it’s effortless to become hired. This is the first step to turning your play, into professional play that pays! This is the foundation. Upon significant mastery of your skill, you’ll be ready to make connections with potential clients and grow as a professional.
Stay tuned for next week’s post, as we continue along this topic and dive into ways of connecting with those likely to hire.