Odd Jobs of Dancer: Giovanna Fragomeli
Where do you work and what kind of performing do you do?
I work at Fox Studios Australia and also a variety of other venues.
How long have you been dancing professionally? How and why did you get into it?
I have been professionally dancing/ performing for approx 5 years. I danced as a child, just dance school stuff and really enjoyed it. As I got older, I almost fell into it as a profession. I started off dancing in pantomimes in shopping centers during holidays, and then went on to bigger and better jobs as I went along.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I really never had a huge ambition to be a dancer, as a child I always dreamed of being a school teacher. When I was about 13 years old I realised that entertaining was for me, and from about that point on my focus was in the dance class.
Were you ever tempted to follow a more traditional, stable type of career path?
Definitely, as with most careers, entertaining has its ups and downs. I sometimes thought of other ways to fulfill my career path, but I can honestly say that I didn’t stick to any of them, every new path I tried became extremely boring very quickly! When you compare anything to entertaining, it all seems so normal therefore, a bore to me.
What’s the average age of retirement for a dancer like yourself? What would you like to do next?
There really is no average retirement age for a dancer. Every one is different and have their own views on how they wish to pursue their careers. Some dancers find choreography or teaching a way to settle their careers, but I personally have not thought about it too much. Teaching isn’t really my cup of tea, but definitely my dancing career will spin off into another field in this crazy industry. I really cannot see myself in any other profession as I love it so much, and love what I gain from my dancing and performing life.
Describe a typical day?
A typical day would usually consist of a nice sleep in, in the morning and of course a healthy breakfast. If I was working at Fox for the day I would arrive ready for a 45 minute warm up at 10.15am. A warm up is usually spent stretching and preparing my body for a day’s work. A typical day at Fox would comprise of 3 shows and sometimes more, during busy seasons. Shows would run for approx 30 minutes, but we are required for a sound check 15 minutes before a show, just to double check that everything is ready for action. The day would usually finish at 5pm and I would be off. I go to the gym twice a week, in a good week that is, or sometimes if I am feeling tired I’ll just go home to relax. About two or three times a week I would be rushing off to another job or a rehearsal. It’s these busy days I like best, as I’m rushed off my feet and love it.
What’s the best part of the job?
The best part of the job would be how spontaneous the industry can be. There is always something going on that is exciting. At Fox Studios, I love the feeling after performing for an audience of 1000+ people. I enjoy making people laugh and I gain much from watching the audiences appreciate our show. After a days work at Fox, I really am satisfied with myself as a performer because I know our show is enjoyed by all. With my other jobs, it would definitely be the media appearances that get me going. T.V jobs are my favourites, as you gain an insight to behind the scenes and you meet a lot of weird and wonderful characters.
What’s the worst part of the job?
The worst part… well there really is no huge down fall in this industry. I suppose sometimes that the bitchiness can become a little unbearable, but I usually laugh it off. Oh yeah, if you audition for a job and you think you did well, and then hear that you didn’t get it, that can be a downer.
On average, how much does a dancer/performer earn?
What we earn? Well of course just like any other profession that figure depends on the individual. Because I have a couple of dancing jobs my earnings can vary, depending on how busy I have been.