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Meet Chris Ruggiero of Between Dreams in Studio City

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Ruggiero.

Chris, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
When I was in elementary school, I picked up juggling props that my dad had from when he was younger. I was instantly hooked. There was something about the feeling of learning the new tricks and skills that kept me engaged and excited to keep learning more. The best part was when other people reacted to seeing the tricks. I loved seeing people get excited.

Growing up I was pretty shy though, so I never could imagine getting on stage and performing in front of large groups of people. Eventually, I got over this and actually came to love the feeling of getting out of my comfort zone and performing in front of audiences. As with everything, there have been ups and downs along the journey.

I’ve performed at every type of event you can imagine – from birthday parties in backyards to making appearances on tv shows like Ellen DeGeneres and The Late Late Show with James Corden. Last year I even broke 2 Guinness World Records with unicycle stunts. My main focus has currently moved into creating presentations and content that encourages people to get started on their ideas.

I wrote a book called “Just Go” encouraging readers to break down complex challenges into small, actionable steps in order to get out of the “thinking” mode and into the “action” mode. I know use juggling as a tool to create motivational and inspiring speaking events at schools, conferences, and trainings for companies and brands.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Overall, I feel very lucky and grateful for all the amazing experiences and opportunities I’ve had. I don’t think there’s any such thing as a “smooth road” when you’re creating a job that doesn’t really have set parameters or normal hours.

For the most part, I make my own schedule and figure things out as I go. The audience sees me perform for a few minutes, but there are countless hours of work that go into even one performance. From years of practice and rehearsing, to booking shows and travel, to setting up and tearing down at events, it can get elaborate.

I could go into details of endless stories of things that didn’t work out the way I expected them to. The main theme is this – nothing ever actually works out the way we imagine it working out, yet everything works out in the end. The most valuable lesson I’ve learned is to go with the flow and embrace the excitement of the unknown and the uncertainty.

I’ve been turned down, rejected and declined every single day of my career, yet I’ve also been able to experience amazing opportunities. It’s been important for me to take a step back and be thankful for the things that do work out rather than getting stuck on all the things that haven’t worked out.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Between Dreams – what should we know?
While I’ve always been passionate about inspiring and helping others, I never intended to be strictly a “motivational speaker.” Juggling and circus skills have been an amazing tool for me to grow and experience new things. Combining an entertaining performance with a powerful message sets me apart.

There are a lot of jugglers and variety performers, and there are a lot of motivational speakers. What I saw missing from the puzzle was a good combination of an engaging and entertaining performance blended with a message that resonates with audiences.

My time is now spent figuring out ways to connect with audiences and deliver valuable tools to get started on their ideas and dreams.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Everyone I’ve ever met, every audience member who has come to see me, every entertainer who I saw on stage. Everyone inspires me and deserves credit for where I am.

I believe that we have an amazing opportunity every single moment to connect with other people and learn and help each other.

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