Ask Sébastien how much he enjoys working at Cirque du Soleil and talking about his daily life, and his smile says it all.
He is a busy man who oversees a team of 20 people, tasked with creating memorable experiences for Cirque’s business clientele across the planet.
He never knows what each day will bring, other than a schedule filled with calls from anywhere in the world where Cirque shows are being performed. Sébastien and his team will set up a corporate event for a market launch in Tokyo, make sure everything is ready in Brussels for a private Big Top performance two days later, or put the finishing touches on a customized training session for a corporate client in Los Angeles.
Cirque du Soleil does that?
Ever since he joined Cirque, Sébastien’s mission has been to spread the word on the company's extensive corporate offering. Few people can truly grasp all the possibilities, which is hardly surprising in the world of Cirque, where no dream is too big.
He could talk to you for hours about events that welcome up to 2,500 people, where the entire Big Top is outfitted with the colours of a major pharmaceutical company for a private show, or about more intimate events for some 30 people who, after the first half of the show, return to a VIP Suite where everything has been transformed, from the furniture to the curtains, not to mention savoury hors d’oeuvres replaced with sweet treats.
Like he says, who else but Cirque could pull these things off? Yes, Cirque is all about magic, extravagance, dream and performances, but above all, it is about flawless execution, where every detail counts. After all, selling a ticket is a privilege.
Selling a ticket is a privilege.
The greatest challenge is that a circus, by definition, is always on the move. That means an average of 20,000 tons of equipment, 120 people, including about 40 artists, travelling from town to town, not to mention the 150 people hired locally to put up the Big Top and lend a hand during the five days of installation. All of which calls for much more advanced tools and strategies than for resident shows. But when it comes to prestige and rarity, there is nothing like it.
Cirque has a knack for redefining what is humanly possible.
Sébastien is still amazed by the human performance of Cirque artists who constantly take their abilities to a whole new level to thrill audiences. In fact, he uses this to encourage his team to try, to dare, to approach things differently, because that is the best way to continue to offer clients and their guests a one-of-a-kind experience they will cherish forever.
Seeing what a positive influence his work has on him, we understand why Sébastien claims to have the best job in the world.