We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordan Tribble and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jordan, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risks has always played a big part in my life. Growing up as a kid doing rock climbing, parkour, skiing and other sports, I took many physical risks and had to assess the dangers of the situation I was entering. It is something that initially drew me to my profession as a flying trapeze artist. My job involves calculating the timing and placement of my body with extreme precision in order to minimize the inherent risks that accompany flinging your body off a swinging bar into the hands of another person 35 feet in the air. Learning how to take that physical risk and turn it into a business risk is something I continue to work on by pushing the boundaries of how flying trapeze artists can make a living- taking an unconventional approach to an unconventional profession. I believe taking risks in life is inevitable- even not taking them could be described as risky when you think of the possible missed opportunities accrued by playing it safe. At the end of the day I want to feel confident in my decisions, that I pushed my boundaries of personal comfort while also carefully and thoughtfully considering the consequences of my actions. I believe that if I find and ride that line I will be able to achieve things that once seemed impossible.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
In flying trapeze it is commonly said “It’s not what you do, but how you do it.” I believe I embody a unique blend of strength and flexibility, power and grace, as well as fluidity and form. The result is amazing acrobatic feats such as a triple twisting double layout done with pleasing aesthetics that even a novice can appreciate. I am proud of myself for pushing the envelope of the tricks I am throwing and I am excited to achieve my goal of being the first person in the world to catch a quadruple pike somersault. I want to change the way people know and experience flying trapeze. I want to take it beyond the realm of traditional circus and elevate this art form to modern times by expanding the audience through the power of video. My company Pneumatic Arts is already doing that today by releasing the first ever flying trapeze short film, Connected Roots. By using video instead of live performance, we bring the audience closer into the act and give them a stronger sense of what it feels like to fly through the air “with the greatest of ease”.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A few of my favortie palces in LA are Original Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, the skate park in Venice Beach, the Grand Central Market in downtown LA and Hama Sushi in Venice Beach. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
This shoutout is dedicated to Blair Aued. My company would not be where it is today without her. Other shoutouts to my family for their unconditional support, my uncle Sam Tribble for introducing me to acrobatics, and Miguel Vargas, Randy Hobbs and Paul Tracogna for their coaching and mentorship throughout the years.
Other: To buy our merchandise www.society6.com/pneumaticarts To sign up for flying trapeze lessons with us in San Luis Obispo www.bookeo.com/flyingtrapezemadonnainn
Kyle Breen, and Tom Hinerman