Rob's Open Road

ROB BOLLINGER

Artistic Director
Cirque du Soleil

“Travel far enough away, my friend, and you will discover something of incredible beauty: yourself.”

INTERESTS:

Acting & Theatre Action Sports

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Perseverance Passion Failure Fear Chance Risk Simplicity Honesty

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

BIOGRAPHY:

  • He went to Indiana University on a competitive diving scholarship; his whole life was focused on getting to the Olympics.
  • After he didn't make the Olympic team, there was a huge emotional letdown that was hard to get over.
  • However, he eventually realized that he could use his competitive drive in other fields.
  • He took up trampolining, which was a natural transition from diving, and then stunt work.
  • His wife, who was also involved in stunt work, made the Cirque du Soleil team first, then urged her husband to apply.
  • Says a little bit of fear is good, especially in his profession: "you don't want to get lackadaisical at the top of a 100-foot high dive."
  • His advice is "do what you love and love what you do," but know that that doesn't mean every day will be a cakewalk.
  • Says you need to define success for yourself, then be successful on your own terms, not on society's terms.

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