How long have you been perforforming on the stage and what can you call your greatest achievement in this field?
I started in 2011 but didn’t have my first big contract until 2012. I would say my biggest accomplishment is pushing myself into the big stages in general! Very few sword swallowers have ever done this. Working for Franco Dragone and the Lido in Paris have been massive achievements too.
When did you learn sword swallowing and how did you get into it?
My ex actually wanted to learn (we have friends from Vegas that are well known sword swallowers) he was struggling in a very uncomfortable way! I remember thinking ‘can’t be that hard he’s gagging every time he touches his tongue!’ And I gave it ago and weirdly, it just worked! I kept up on the training and was able to swallow my first sword with almost ease.
Thanks to your passion you travel around the world. Where do you perform best and what is most important to you during performances?
I perform best whenever it’s a professional setting/company/situation! That makes my job really easy to do.
Is there any person or group of people with whom you dream to perform together? Maybe there is also a place where you would most like to do the show?
I would love to perform more with all the colleagues I’ve already worked with if I’m honest, there’s a magic of knowing someone for 6 weeks or 6 months and usually, rarely seeing them again. It would be great if we all got re cast together sometimes 🙂
Other than that there are some companies like Cirque du Soleil I haven’t worked for yet and am of course, hoping too 🙂
You are also taking part in photo sessions. Does the ability to work in front of the camera help during performances?
I think being a performer helps me to perform in front of a camera. And in the same way, being better in front of a camera has allowed me to slow down on stage and allow the live photographers to capture me during my act. Photos from perfomring at amazing circuses and venues are always so exciting to get back.
What would you say to yourself and what advice would you give yourself if you could go back to the time when you started perform on the stage?
Oh this is a hard one! I would say… research more the artists you admire and try to work with them in a creative sense(book them to help direct your acts etc). Mostly I would say – believe in yourself more.
The circus world is actually incredibly conservative and many artists are told not to get tattoos. Some venues, produces and circuses don’t want tattooed performers. Of course I cannot hide mine, and I am a unique act anyway so they come with me and many places luckily, accept and celebrate my body art as a part of my art.
What do you like most about being a performer?
Traveling. Being challenged and inspired by those I meet and work with. The artists, directors and creative crew I get to work with. Just incredible humans and human experiences.
What are your other hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
I take horse riding lessons and that is one of the best things I’ve added to my private life. I also work part time as a Pro Domina these days (@dominatrixaria on Instagram) so there’s a lot of latex, heels and whipping in my life! But for free time I love to spend it with people I love and traveling with or to see my friends dotted around the world is a huge thing in my life. Also simple things like going to the gym, restaurants etc.
What would be your greatest professional achievement you’ve ever dreamed of?
Hmmmm there are so many. I’d like to work more with charities. It would be amazing to perform as a guest act for something like Lady Gaga at some big awards show!
All photos were taken by Kamila Burzymowska.