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Career As A Acrobat

About Acrobat:

1) Entertains audience by performing difficult and spectacular feats, such as leaping, tumbling, and balancing, alone or as member of team.

2) Originates act or adapts stock presentations.

3) May use equipment, such as chairs and teeter board.

4) May juggle various articles.

5) May perform feats requiring bodily contortions and be designated Contortionist.

What do they do

If you've ever seen Cirque de Soleil, you've seen some of the best acrobats in the world!

An acrobat is someone who combines strength, grace, balance, and flexibility with elements of dance, gymnastics and contortionism. Typically, an acrobat can be seen entertaining audiences at a circus or a dance production.

There are various forms of acrobats; gymnasts, tightrope walkers, jugglers, trapeze artists, and contortionists being the most popular. Some acrobats work with animals, balancing and performing acrobatic stunts on top of moving elephants or horses.

Large performance companies may hire many acrobats for a single show and may stay and perform at the same venue night after night. Alternatively, working for a mobile company like a circus may require the acrobat to travel extensively and offers the opportunity to see different parts of the world.


An acrobat is an athlete who is able to contort his or her body and perform tricks for an audience. This career requires dedication, extreme physical fitness, flexibility and a flair for performing. The best way to become an acrobat is to complete advanced training in gymnastics, gain related work experience and join a circus or acrobatic troupe.

To become an acrobat, you must be willing to travel extensively, perform on a regular basis and be dedicated to a very physically demanding activity. If you are very shy or afraid to perform in front of an audience, you likely will not be able to succeed as an acrobat without overcoming those issues. In addition to pure physical skill, you must be creative, be able to devise new movements and be able to choreograph a show that highlights specific skills and is enjoyable to the audience.

Formal training in gymnastics or dance is required to become an acrobat. These classes usually must begin before the age of 4 in order to obtain the level of skill and flexibility necessary. An acrobat's career is very short, with most retiring by their mid-20s because of the physical demands. Students with a natural aptitude and who enjoy acrobatic movements often are spotted by coaches and teachers, who often will work with the parents to arrange the courses required for this career.

In order to become an acrobat, you most likely will need to audition for the role. In this process, you will have to perform an acrobatic routine or set of choreographed moves for a producer. The decision about which candidate to hire is often made on the same day, based on each candidate's performance. Professional reputation is very important, and acrobats who are punctual, dedicated and consistent are more likely to be successful.

Related work experience typically is focused on performing in front of an audience. Only through practice and repeated exposure to performing can you learn how to feel the mood of the audience, perform with confidence and overcome problems as seamlessly as possible. Gymnastic competitions, exhibitions and performances are a great way to learn these skills at a young age.

Employment opportunities for an acrobat generally are limited to circuses or acrobatic troupes. A position in this type of group does not offer a high rate of financial compensation, but it does give you a chance to perform. An acrobat sometimes will be spotted by a movie producer or television producer who can offer the performer a part in his or her latest project.

Career Facts

Ø Recommended Traits

Ø Athletic

Ø Ambitious

Ø Natural Born Performer

Not recommended Traits

Ø Absent Minded

Ø Clumsy

Ø Coward

Ø Loser


You do not need to build up any skills for the acrobat career, there is only the hidden acrobat/entertainment skill. This skill you build up naturally by performing for tips or on stage (or practicing the different songs yourself). If you cheat your way to the top, will not be a good performer without practice. As an acrobat you can advance to the top of the by just increasing your atheletic skill, however this does not increase the hidden entertainment skill!

However, it is recommended for all the performer careers to up your charisma skill, that way you can talk to the audience during a performance and get a nice performance boost.

Note: There is a nice quirk in Showtime, while performing for tips you get a LOT of friendship from all the Sims watching you. Great way to gain friends for the friendship requirement for the Charisma skill.


Ø Perform for Tips

Ø Improve Athletic Skill

Ø Get Gigs


Acrobats get a weekly stipend, see this table, in the beginning the stipend helps but the most money they get from gigs and tips.

Specific Acrobat – Badges and Achievements

Performing for Tips and Athletic Skill

At the start of every performance career you first play for tips, Acrobat career is no different. Find a busy location (Big Park for example) and start performing for tips! Do not be surprised if your Sim fails a bit at this in the beginning, but their skill increases!

Something that makes Acrobat career easier to advance in than for example Magician career is the fact that increasing your athletic skill also works towards your career, so make sure to level it up in the beginning so that you advance to level 2 in your career real fast!


Gigs are your main source of income, you can earn up to 27k per gig! Perfoming on stage with an acrobat is quite easy compared to the other careers, it is no problem to list all the actions in a row to create a varied full 2 hour show.

How to get a Gig

You have to be at least level 2 before you can audition for gigs.

Then you can audition for a gig, you can find the proprieter on the world map, he or she has an orange icon. You start with only be allowed to perform at the park, as your level increases you can open up more locations, see the following table.

Performance Locations

Tip: When you are a high level in your career, go to the world map and you will see many propieter icons, click them all and line up all the different auditions in a row to quickly get a lot of gigs.

Note: For Big Show Venues you cannot always line up the audition by clicking on the orange person icon from the world map. You will have to go to the lot itself and summon the propierter out of their building and then ask to to audition.

Stage Setup

When you are low on funds just use the venue setup, as you get more money it is worth investing into your own stage setup to increase your performance score. The higher the score the bigger the chance of a steady gig, steady gigs pay much better than One-off gigs.


At the start of the performance its best to pause the game, as an acrobat you can list all the actions you want to do that show immediately and fill the full two hours.

You have option to talk to the audience, only do this if your charisma is high otherwise you are just telling a boring story.

Gig Earnings

While you would think that steady gigs always earn you more than one-off gigs, read the following tables carefully. When you are a higher level you get less money at a steady gig at the ‘lower level’ locations (park/coffeehouse) than you do when you have a one-off gig, but you can earn astronomically more at the big venue location with a steady gig. So be careful what gigs you choose

Frequently asked questions

What is difference between gymnastics and Acrobat?

As nouns the difference between acrobatics and gymnastics is that acrobatics is the art of performing acrobatic gymnastic feats while gymnastics is a sport involving the performance of sequences of movements requiring physical strength, flexibility, and kinesthetic awareness.

What is main work that done by Acrobat?

An acrobat is someone who skillfully performs gymnastic feats or other actions that involve agility and balance, such as a trapeze artist soaring through the air, or a tightrope walker at the circus.

What is Acro dance?

Acro Dance is an art form specifically for dancers. Acro has softer, more lyrical looking lines, with the emphasis being on lengthening “through” the tricks and holding pretty balances with interesting variations. In Acro, we teach our students to dance into and out of Acro tricks, with minimal obvious “prep” before and after a trick. Despite being technically difficult to execute, acrobatic tricks are meant to blend in seamlessly with dance steps, providing an extra level of excitement and flair to dance choreography.

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