Eric Scribner

INTERVIEW

What was your biggest artistic achievement prior to joining Cirque du Soleil?

Worked for major Las Vegas production shows.

Please tell us about your artistic background before joining Cirque.

I began drumming at age 3. I moved to Las Vegas when I was 19 and began freelancing with various bands.

  • Eric Scribner
  • United States
  • Drummer
When did you join Cirque du Soleil?

I was hired as a replacement artist at ZUMANITY in January 2004 and at “O" in 2005, and then in 2006 I was hired permanently at KÀ.

What was your first contact with the organization? What was the context?

A friend invited me to an informal and mostly informational meeting of local musicians organized by a representative from Cirque casting.

What kind of an experience was your audition and/or training and/or workshop?

My audition as a replacement artist revolved around four pieces of music from ZUMANITY and I got to audition in the showroom with the full orchestra. It was a blast.

How did your integration go in the show?

I was very fortunate because I was given six weeks to learn the show, so my transition went very smoothly.

How does being part of a Cirque du Soleil show allow you to express yourself in your discipline?

At Cirque, artists are encouraged to contribute ideas… so this environment allows me to be creative every night.

What do you like the most about being part of Cirque du Soleil?

What I like most about Cirque are the people. There is such an amazing, energetic and positive vibe here.

How did the transition go between your former career to your current Cirque career?

I’ve always been a musician, so it wasn’t so much a career change. However, I now have insurance benefits and scheduled vacations.

Why would you recommend an artist to join Cirque?

Great people who ask you to be creative and want you to evolve as an artist.

How is life in Las Vegas?

Life in Vegas is a great community with schools, libraries and outdoor recreation… you just happen to be near the best nightlife anywhere.

Anything else you would like to share with us?

Working at Cirque has been a dream come true!