Monday, January 16, 2012
Interview with Jodie Ureas, Circus Mom
Jodie Urias is a performer with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. She is part of the Urias Family motorcycle act which will be appearing at Barnum Bash, January 26-29 at the Leon County Civic Center. We had the pleasure of asking this daring mother of two a few questions about her career, motherhood, and life in general.
MTO: Jodie, please tell us a little about yourself professionally. How did you begin your career in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus? What does your job entail?
Jodie: I have had the pleasure of being a part of the Ringling Bros Barnum and Bailey team on and off since 1999. My job isn’t a job, it’s a way of life; traveling to a new city every week, setting up the equipments, rehearsals, shows, publicity, and being a full time mom etc
MTO: You are also a married mother of two children. I assume with your busy practice, performance, and travel schedule your family does not follow a “typical” family routine. What is your family's life like? What do your kids think of this life?
Jodie: We have a typical family, balancing school, homework, careers, but we also have a unique opportunity to travel and teach our children about the places we get to visit. This is an awesome family experience
MTO: There is certainly the element of danger in your job. How do you feel about your kids following in the Urias Family footsteps?
Jodie: This will be their choice. We educate them scholastically in addition to teaching them circus skills. They will have to decide what their life calling is, I can’t make that decision for them.
MTO: What's the hardest part of being a mom in this profession? What is the best?
Jodie: I don’t think that being a circus mom is any more difficult than any other working mom in America, motherhood/parenthood isn’t easy, but it is very rewarding. The best part for me is with this career I have more time with my children than a “typical” job would allow.
MTO: Is there a woman who inspires you either professionally and personally? If so, who is she and what has she taught you?
Jodie: My mother, well actually both my parents. They taught me to be a hard worker, respect others AND myself. They supported and encouraged me to follow my dreams. I want to give that same kind of support to my children
MTO: Are there any words of wisdom you would like to share with our mom readers?
Jodie: Not sure if these are words of wisdom, Teach your children but also take time to learn with and from them, children are brilliant and often teach us as much as we teach them
Thank you, Jodie, for taking the time to answer our questions. We wish you all the best and can't wait to see you and all the other amazing acts perform at the Leon County Civic Center on January 26-29, 2012.
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