A pivotal moment for Joey was in February 2010. He was in a ballet competition called Youth America Grand Prix in Chicago and was approached by one of the judges from Cirque du Soleil. This contact encouraged Joey to send his videos and information to the casting database at Cirque du Soleil as soon as he turned 18. That May, Joey started the audition process and was offered a two-year position as the Trickster in KOOZA in Japan.
KOOZA is one of Cirque du Soleil’s 19 shows and has been described as a return to their origins, combining two circus traditions: acrobatic performance and the art of clowning.