Special Trunks Needed For Traveling By Air

Special Trunks Needed For Traveling By Air

I often travel by air when going to do shows and I’ve learned (the hard way!) that you can’t just fly using your regular trunks or suitcases and expect your act to arrive in one piece. You actually need to have special cases constructed so your...
“NO” Doesn’t Mean “Forever”!

“NO” Doesn’t Mean “Forever”!

As entertainers I think many of us are a soft skinned bunch. I know I can be, although I’ve gotten much better over the last few years. But do you remember the first time you were rejected or told “no” when you went back after a repeat date? Herein...

Confidence A Big Factor In Success

The title of this blog needs no big explanation, but it does bear repeating. When you have confidence on stage it goes through your every fiber of being and shows up in your presentation. That’s why good rehearsals are so important…to work out the...
Have A Rehearsal Routine

Have A Rehearsal Routine

I am in the process of learning an entirely new school show that I will take to Indiana shortly to present to elementary schools. The subject matter is about energy savings, you know, turning off lights, making sure the windows are closed tightly (air conditioning...

Blocking Your Show Is Important

Ever see someone arrive at a date and NOT know where every prop, every puppet, every EVERYTHING needed to go? The poor performer/vent looked lost and frustrated and this set the stage for things not to go well. That’s because they forgot to do blocking, or...

When To Say “No” To A Show

If you are like most performers you always want to work as many shows as come your way, and that’s understandable. But there are times when a show is not a good fit for you and you and the client will both be dissatisfied. There are times when you must simply say “No”...

“The Confidence Factor”

Many things have been written and recorded about having confidence, but this is never so true as it is with performing. An audience can sense almost immediately if you have confidence in yourself as a performer (and as a person … ) the moment you walk on stage....

“Give The Customer What They Want”

How many times have you gone to see an entertainer who only entertains themselves? If it’s a magician, he or she does tricks THEY like, not what the audience wants to hear or see. Or a juggler who does the same act as the rest of the jugglers, or a VENTRILOQUIST who...
BACKDROP CURTAIN OR NO BACKDROP CURTAIN?

BACKDROP CURTAIN OR NO BACKDROP CURTAIN?

One area of discussion that crops up from time to time is whether or not to use a backdrop curtain or go without. I think it depends upon what kind of a show your are doing and where the show will be staged. Let me explain … For years I did not use a backdrop...

MAKE YOUR CLIENT COMFORTABLE

Now before you read this headline and think I am advocating buying a sofa for your customer, let me explain. Although WE know how much time it would take us to set our show and be ready to perform, the client is always the “nervous one” about your arrival time, plus...