Showtime Guides: Acrobat Career
Athletic Sims with a desire to perform can show off their dexterity as an Acrobat.
- Natural Born Performer
Not recommended Traits
- Absent Minded
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.
Gigs: Park, Coffeehouse, Live show venue, Private venue and Big show venu
Play for tips: Can be done everywhere, but would recommend a busy location like a park.
How to get the job
Via newspaper or computer, use the ‘find a profession’ option. You can also find a proprieter on one of the community lots, you can get the career through them too.
In the beginning you will spend a lot of time playing for tips and working on your athletic skill
At a higher level you can have a gig every night.
Do not forget about Simport, you Sim can get spend 12h of their Simday on tour too!
- Perform for Tips
- Improve Athletic Skill
- 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.
Acrobat Career Fact table
|Level||Title||Weekly Stipend||XP Needed to Advance||Outfit/Object Unlocked||Performance Action Unlocked||Interaction Unlocked|
|1||Aspiring Mime||§275||400||Outfit 1||Mime: Human Statue, Pulling a Rope, Trapped in a Box, Walking in the Wind||Social: Mime Conversation with Self|
|2||Novice Juggler||§340||500||Outfit 2||Fire Baton; Juggle: Clubs, Knives, Torches||—|
|5||Ace of Agility||§650||1,000||—||—||—|
|6||Novice Balancer||§850||1,200||Balance Ball||Balance Ball: Ball-derdash||—|
|7||Master of Balance||§1,125||1,500||Outfit 4||Balance Ball: Ball-erina||—|
|8||Firefly||§1,475||1,800||Giant Ring of Fire||Balance Ball: The Big Bounce; Giant Ring of Fire: Blazing Ballet||—|
|9||Fire Dancer||§1,850||2,100||Outfit 5||Giant Ring of Fire: Fiery Faceplant||—|
|10||Master Acrobat||§2,475||2,500||—||Giant Ring of Fire: Flaming Fliptease||—|
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 lvl 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.
|level 2||Big Park|
|Level 5||Live Show Venues|
|Level 7||Private Venues|
|Level 8||Big Show Venues|
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.
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.
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 astronomely more at the big venue location with a steady gig. So be careful what gigs you choose!
|Level||Weekly Stipend (§)||Park||Coffee-House||Live Show||Private||Big Show|
|Level||Weekly Stipend||Park||Coffee-House||Live Show||Private||Big Show|
Cheat Sheet to a Good Performance
This cheat sheet is made with a lvl 10 acrobat, but can be translated to earlier levels.
1: With the Acrobat set up your stage (use props!)
2: Pause game
3: Fully line up a lot of actions, but do not pick the same one twice in a row. I start with Do contortion > Mime > Juggle > flame torches > ball > flame round thing > talk to audience > mime > juggle > ball > flame round thing, etc etc
4: Let the performance play out, keep an eye that there always new actions lined up.
My Sim always gets an excellent or legendary performance.