Easter Monday

It is Easter Monday – and while I don’t usually discuss religion on this blog, I wanted to share one of my favorite Easter Memes with you. The regular blog will return next week. ← My...
My Thoughts

My Thoughts

My first thought today was … Ugh.The second the alarm clock went off.I woke with a stiff neck, my arm hurt from laying on it wrong and I immediately had a headache.I picked up my phone to check my emails and social media.I thought – ugh again. I had to...
You Can’t Rush Success

You Can’t Rush Success

You have practiced your ventriloquism … And you know you are ready … So you print up some business cards … And give them to everybody … Then wait for the phone to ring … And wait … And wait … And then one day it happens … And they want to hire you … but …...
Mark Wade Is Going To Fire Me …

Mark Wade Is Going To Fire Me …

Mark Wade is going to fire me. If you don’t know, Mark is the executive director of the Vent Haven International Ventriloquist ConVENTion. A bunch of years ago, Mark asked if I would help run sound at the conVENTion. As our friendship grew, Mark gave me more and...
If Major Brands Sold Themselves Like Entertainers

If Major Brands Sold Themselves Like Entertainers

This post may be controversial. And I don’t care. I think it is time that entertainers stand up and improve on their marketing and communications. Some of you will agree with me and others will be offended.  How dare I belittle someone’s sales copy. ...
The Glamorous Lifestyle of a Professional Entertainer

The Glamorous Lifestyle of a Professional Entertainer

Being a professional entertainer isn’t easy. People don’t think of it as a “real” job. I remember in 1991, getting off a cruise ship and going to pick up my dog. I been been on for a three week contract. The dog had been staying with my parents...
Questions No One Asks Ventriloquists!

Questions No One Asks Ventriloquists!

I answered ventriloquism’s most frequently asked questions over on the VentriloquistSociety.com blog. I thought it only fair that I answer the five questions no one asks a ventriloquist. 1. How will you spend all the money you are making? I’ll put a...
How Many Shows?

How Many Shows?

How many shows do you perform in a year? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked that question over my career. Usually by other entertainers, sometimes by people who are just curious. Seldom by clients. I know some acts that can tell you how many...
Branding and Creativity

Branding and Creativity

Branding & Creativity by Tom Crowl | Maher Ventriloquist Studios http://traffic.libsyn.com/maherstudios/Maher-blog-podcast-creativity-branding.mp3 Right Click and Save The MP3 File Here To Download And Listen Later Transcript: Hi there … this is Tom Crowl and I...
I Know … My Version

I Know … My Version

I was talking with Mark Wade right after I wrote last week’s article. Mark calls me on the phone a lot. He is one of my best friends. He started the conversation as he usually does: “Tommy, what are you doing?” Nobody calls me Tommy. Except Mark when...