Cameron the class clown
NOT only can Cameron Taylor sing, dance and act, but he can now add professional clown to his resume after joining Cirque du Soleil.
After graduating from St Stephen’s School Duncraig in 2011, Taylor completed a Certificate IV in Musical Theatre at WAAPA before moving to Melbourne to study a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Originally shying away from applying for Cirque du Soleil auditions, he said it was “peer pressure” that made him eventually sign up.
“I wasn’t going to apply but the brief was sent to me by so many different people I eventually just gave into peer pressure and sent the scenes off,” he said.
While back in Perth performing his debut Perth Fringe Festival show Pisca, Taylor got the call-up.
“During the middle of the performance season I received an email asking if I could be at a live audition in Melbourne four days later, which was the day after my closing night in Perth,” he said.
“After my final performance, I went straight to the airport to check into my flight, wearing a face full of white and blue clown make-up.”
Not sure what to expect from the auditions – “maybe an hour or two at most” – Taylor was floored by the talent he saw.
“The first section went for four hours and was a group workshop with a group of different clowns, actors and puppeteers from around Australia and a panel of directors, choreographers and casting agents,” he said.
The panel then made cuts, with those left putting on a section of original performances.
“During this section I watched some of the best performances I have seen in my life,” Taylor said.
He made the next cut and took part in improvised works with different partners then the next cut where he workshopped various scenes and feedback sessions followed.
After a long day, Taylor was offered a position on the books for Cirque du Soleil.
Cameron Taylor as Pisca.