What Does It Take To Go “Pro”? – Revisited

What Does It Take To Go “Pro”? – Revisited

In August of 2015, Mark Wade published a post here on the Maher blog about what it takes to go pro. It has been almost two years since Mark shared that post, so I thought I would look back and add some thoughts of my own. Ventriloquism is fun....

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Finding Comfort Outside Your “Comfort Zone”

Finding Comfort Outside Your “Comfort Zone”

Today we have a guest post by Mark Wade that I'd like to share with you: An old adage goes "Behold the turtle..he makes no progress until he sticks out his neck!” And we could use that same analogy when it comes time for all of us to be...

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2017 Vent Haven ConVENTion Preview

2017 Vent Haven ConVENTion Preview

What will be happening this summer in Hebron, KY? What changes have been made to the upcoming Vent Haven ConVENTion. I bring on the ConVENTion's executive director, Mark Wade to discuss everything that is happening at the Marriott Hotel this summer from...

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Are You Ready For Success?

Are You Ready For Success?

If you listen to the gurus of success, many tell you to study a successful person and emulate their patterns. Don't reinvent the wheel, get a leg up by doing something that obviously works. Successful people usually get to where they are thanks...

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When Do You Practice?

When Do You Practice?

Everyone is busy. It can be hard to carve out time to play. Ventriloquism should be fun and playful. You are more likely to do things you enjoy than something that frustrates you. It is important to understand the difference between practice...

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How To Get Shows

How To Get Shows

Last week I talked about the trouble with assuming there is a limited amount of work available. It isn't true. Events happen every day. Yes, they even happen near your location. You just need to open your eyes to the fact. I talked briefly...

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Do You Have Trouble Getting Shows?

Do You Have Trouble Getting Shows?

I hear a lot of entertainers complaining they can't get shows. People are undercutting their fees. There is too much competition in their area.  They send out a mailing and don't get any shows so that doesn't work. They post of FaceBook they...

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Organizing The Joke File

Organizing The Joke File

If you've been in ventriloquism for any length of time, you've probably heard about the joke file. Comedians of all types have a joke file. It is a way to keep track of jokes you write or hear. Let me stress that when you hear a joke - it isn't...

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What Happens Next?

What Happens Next?

There will come a day when we can't do shows anymore. For some, sooner than others. So what will you do next? My friend Al Good had a stroke. One side effect was he could no longer remember his show. He is no longer able to perform. Al still...

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