A: Depends a bit on the criteria for success. As trampwall comes from a primarily live-performance-based perspective I’ll offer some insight to that. If you want a trampwall gig I’d say there are 3 main things to focus on:
Are you a good person? Do people get along with you? Meaning are you going to fit well with any cast and not cause problems. That’s one of the biggest things as a lot of work is word of mouth and personal recommendations.
- Consistency and Safety.
Can you do the skills on a consistent basis. Are you going to be safe? Would you put yourself or your castmates in danger? It doesn’t matter if you can throw the biggest, baddest shit if you can only do it on a Tuesday at 3:30 pm with a specific hype song and 2 energy drinks beforehand when you’re “feeling it”. You need to be able to do your shit at 10 am 3 times a day for 5 days straight if necessary.
How do you look? Is it pleasing to the eye? Is there some kind of form, or if not form, an intentional choice being made? Do you stand out? Luckily trampwall isn’t as strict as other disciplines, but performance is performance and these things still matter.
- Difficulty/Skill Repertoire.
Can you throw more difficult skills or a wide variety of skills to help carry the entire act? This is still less necessary as I’ve seen people with this consistently get picked over by guys who had the first 3 points more. But if all things are equal or you’re at such a low level this does still play a part. I just think it’s less essential.
To recap this is what I believe is important for success for getting performance jobs. I think there are other ways to define success on wall, but that’s another paragraph 😛