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An Employment Dilemma
« on: Apr 12, 2009, 10:06 am »
I will be graduating from college in two weeks. I received a job offer this week to work with a local company who is creating a new work. At the same time I am waiting to hear back (after three interviews) from Cirque du Soleil in which I have applied to be the stage management intern. The job with the local company is only a month long and start in 16 days. I don't have a firm potential start date from cirque. I am conflicted as to what I should do. I don't want to have this local gig end up conflicting with the internship. At the same time, the local company may be a great contact and I don't like to make a habit of screwing people over.

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Re: An Employment Dilemma
« Reply #1 on: Apr 12, 2009, 04:57 pm »
A diplomatically phrased e-mail to your contacts at Cirque letting them know that you have been offered other work and need to make a decision may be something to think about.  I've had to do this many times, and no one has ever been upset at me for it.

If you had to choose, I'd take the local gig and if you have to leave it to go to Cirque, no one in their right mind would be upset at you for that decision.
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Re: An Employment Dilemma
« Reply #2 on: Apr 12, 2009, 05:31 pm »
From what I've heard from friends working with Cirque, the company is putting anything they can on hold right now. Preproduction is being postponed, new openings are being delayed. Lots and lots of people who have gone through the many interviews of Cirque, and even people with signed contracts, are now finding their lives (and incomes) indefinitely on hold. So I would strongly recommend you fill the meantime with any work you can secure. Certainly Cirque is trying to get their shows up and running, but the economy has hit them hard and they've hit the 'pause' button on everything for a while.