Nathalie Yves Gaulthier
Nathalie Yves Gaulthier seems to have been destined for circus greatness right from the start. She was born in a small fishing village called Gaspe in Quebec, Canada, and was then raised in Iqaluit, N.W.T. (which is so North, it’s right below Greenland). This blonde-haired, green-eyed beauty spent most of her childhood as a “minority” raised amongst Inuits (Eskimos), but that didn’t seem to bother her. Instead, Nathalie seemed to excel at a very young age with pretty much everything she did. She wrote her first play at age 7 entitled “Blue Christmas” and was featured on CBC radio as a young upcoming writer & director, became fluent in French, Inuit, and English by the age of 10, and was already a well-known face in the Quebec television world appearing as a regular on numerous TV series and sang on children’s records by the time she was a teen!
During this time in her life, she was also a competitive gymnast and studied aerial/circus arts. At the age of 15, she founded “Kids in Act-ion”; an award-winning program of proven permanent confidence building through inspirational techniques for kids/teens. At the same time, she also founded her talent agency called “Gaulthier Artists Inc.” and was subsequently a talent agent for 18 years with 17 agents working for her in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Beverly Hills. She was the youngest and the very first talent agent to have offices in both Canada and the U.S. and was a founding member of the “Talent Agents and Manager’s Association of Canada”. As if all of this weren’t enough, Nathalie is also listed in the book entitled “1000 Most Influential People of the Century”.
Fluent in both English & French (with a knowledge of Spanish, Italian and Eskimo) Nathalie has worked in several different languages. She studied Drama In Education with a minor in Child Psychology and Integration for Special Needs Children/Autism (B.F.A) at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Gaulthier launched her facility called “Le Studio” in 2001. It’s a Cirque Style circus program that is internationally recognized and renowned amongst several of Hollywood’s top celebrities and their children. The program is designed to bring hope and inspiration to kids via all of Gaulthier’s show creations. Aspiring artists from all over the world come in to be mentored and represented by Gaulthier. She has recently built a 5,000 sq. ft. facility in Culver City, CA. It’s a state of the art facility with a studio-theatre, Trapezes, and every aerial apparatus you can dream of! Nathalie uses circus arts to build confidence in kids and adults and encourages adults to stay in shape (both physically and mentally) through Circus-Fitness.
Her empowerment work with children and adults through aerial arts has resulted in many life-changing experiences for many people, including: cancer survivors, homeless teens, children with brain tumors, AIDS, life-threatening diseases, the military, etc. Gaulthier has also created the first all-kid humanitarian Cirque Company called Le PeTiT CiRqUe™. Recently, she added paralyzed youths to her troupe as well as Jen Bricker - a legless acrobat who is currently in the media for the recent discovery of her sister, 1996 Olympic USA Gymnast, Dominique Moceanu.
”I was obsessed with Mother Teresa
as a teen, I found her to be selfless and magical; I follow in her spirit!”
We ask Nathalie a few questions about what motivates her and what’s next in the busy world of the incomparable, Ms. Gaulthier!
CGM: Hello, Ms. Gaulthier! It is such a pleasure to talk with you. You’ve had such a busy life, can you please tell our readers what was your main inspiration at such a young age for all of your hard work in empowering kids?
NG: I was 14 years old and was on a weekly television series in Montreal, Canada. I was a child actor and was exposed to so many charity events at a very young age. I wanted to be somebody. Somebody good and somebody that made a difference because I felt I could. I felt I could reach young people. I believe in them, in their voices, and youths have a lot of power if they are taught early on to utilize their “gifts” to heal and inspire. I was obsessed with Mother Teresa as a teen, I found her to be selfless and magical; I follow in her spirit!
NG: Watching a student, an artist, go through a metamorphosis and become their true self… only then can they become an artist. Also, seeing the faces and tears from those battling life threatening diseases that we inspire , and watching the next generation of true artists and Cirque artists grow.
CGM: Congratulations on Le PeTiT CiRqUe™ being an international trademark and launching internationally! Tell us a little bit more about what that means for you.
NG: To trademark is such a long and expensive process! [Phew!] I launched Le PeTiT CiRqUe only 10 months ago, after a small select group from LE STUDIO (my aerial/Cirque private school) began to get so good that we started getting numerous offers of employment. That grew into more gifted youths from other circus schools, then other states! My goal was to launch an international pre-professional program this summer and invite some of our most notable cirque bookers, choreographers, directors, etc. For the first year, we accepted 14 applicants out of 56 from Australia, Europe, Asia, Canada and various states [in the U.S.] and it is so much of a hit [that] some families are moving here to continue their child’s training! It went a lot bigger than I expected and we realized there really is no other pre-professional training ground in the US, the youths have to go to Montreal. My goals are to become the next Cirque du Soleil, but with youths under 18 only and mixing in our child prodigies in music, world champions and Guinness Book record holders in Karate, Skateboard, etc. We already have the kids signed to us, now we just need larger stages and someone to really produce us! It’s all happening so fast, I’m slightly overwhelmed at the massive rapid growth. My biggest goal is to have my youth company perform with Bono, just one song is fine. To me, he is the greatest humanitarian that has utilized his gift and his art to heal. BONO CAN YOU HEAR ME???
CGM: You’ve made such an impact in so many people’s lives. Can you tell us what kind of impact your work has made on your life?
NG: I feel whole. I feel complete. I feel like how my my dad taught me “do the right thing”. I live in happiness of very touching moments all the time. I feel like I never ever let one minute go by without appreciating it all. I get to live [life to the fullest] and truly appreciate it.
CGM: What would you say was your greatest obstacle in achieving your goals/dreams?
NG: Other people and naysayers mainly. Negativity breeds in-activeness and stillness. Apart from that , I SEE NO OBSTACLES. I just GO FOR EVERYTHING!
NG: SO MANY EXCITING THINGS ON THE HORIZON! I am creating a full cirque show with Le PeTiT CiRqUe for the performing Animal Welfare Society: a sanctuary that houses rescued/retired circus/Film/TV performing animals. The show is produced by Bob Barker and will run 3 shows at the Avalon Theatre, Sept 29th – 30th.
-Appearances on “Good Morning America” with our Guinness Book Record Holder: 8 year old Julian Pavone – “World’s youngest drummer”.
-Appearances on Queen Latifah’s show and Carson Daly’s show.
-Flying a paralyzed child in a harness for our next show. Breanna Pflaumer will be raised out of her wheelchair and join 4 kid silk artists in the air!
-Launching a new inspirational toy and clothing line for all youths to believe that who they are is enough!
-Launching a new aerial apparatus equipment line of mini sized hoops, trapezes, (etc.) for youths ages 4 – 9 to service all youth circus schools internationally.
-Getting engaged to my girlfriend of 6 years; Hope Hall. I fight for my Residency & Green Card every year and find it tragic we cannot marry legally on a federal level that would allow me a Green Card. After 17 years here, all that I have done, and employ 16 Americans, I am still on a Work Visa with expensive and grueling paperwork expiry dates.
CGM: Being a successful entrepreneur since you were very young, what advice can you give our readers who might be trying to create their own philanthropic circus companies?
NG: START FROM THE RIGHT PLACE: with your heart, [and with] your heart only… and be patient. It took me 30 years to fully get here! Surround yourself with only good people, less talk – more action. People sure “talk” a lot (especially in L.A.). Those that talk less and just do are the ones I surround myself with. Any negativity or gossip does not work: it kills ALL. Get rid of those people but NEVER EVER, EVER BURN A BRIDGE. Even if the person has wronged you, keep your mouth shut and always smile and be supportive. You don’t have to be their best friend, but they may become president of Sony or a major celebrity one day and you may need them and what they think of you in your endeavors. Keep your private life to yourself! Remain professional at all times. No personal stuff should ever, ever, ever come into business (I had to learn this over and over, the hard way). Stay with ONE SET GOAL, and make that ONE GOAL happen first before you spread yourself all over the place. Even if that goal takes 2 years, at least you will always have the reputation that you can “see things through” and that you can “deliver” = RESPECT.
We wish Nathalie all the best in all of her amazing endevours and cannot wait to see what else is up this Circus Girl’s sleeve. ■