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...

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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...

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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...

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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. ...

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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 while I was out at sea....

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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...

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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...

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Branding and Creativity

Right Click and Save The MP3 File Here To Download And Listen Later Transcript: Hi there … this is Tom Crowl and I want to welcome you to the Maher Blog Podcast. That's right, every once in a while I'm going to start talking to you rather than just writing. Today we...

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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 he...

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I Know …

It is called the I Know reflex. I know, because I read it on the Internet, so it has to be true. The I Know reflex hurts people in so many ways. It stops them from learning, growing and improving their lives. Be it business life, personal life or love life. I had to...

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