“When In Doubt..”

I’m observing a pattern that distresses me in the vent community. Our younger vents, and I mean ones in the teen years, are starting to rely on “blue” or suggestive material in their dialogs. I’ve seen it at the Vent Haven ConVENTion and I’ve witnessed it at other...

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WHAT GOOD IS A MENTOR? PLENTY!!

    Here’s a question worth thinking about…what good is it for you to have a vent mentor, a coach of your very own? If you silently thought “Plenty!” you are on the right track. Reading and watching materials on ventriloquism is a must, but there comes a point when...

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Two – Two – Two

Two – Two – Two

Hey everybody, it's Tom this week. Mark is on the way home from shows in Indiana and didn't get a chance to write a post. He asked me to help out. So this won't be your regular blog article! I want to share TWO bits of exciting news: #1. We are working on a complete...

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WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO GO PRO?- Part ll

  In our last installment we visited some of the main points to going full time as a professional ventriloquist. In this column I am going to give you a few more things to think about. These are all valid, real-world items that must be taken into consideration before...

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Can you have a conversation?

The best jokes told are the ones you don't know its a joke until its over. I've told some of the oldest dumb jokes ever and no one knew it was "that old" joke until it was over and they were laughing. How do I do it? The magic of CONVERSATION. You must be able to...

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IT’S HERE..THE INFO FOR BOOKING YOUR ROOM FOR VHC 2016 !

IT'S HERE!..AND IT'S EARLIER THAT WE THOUGHT! I just touched base with Concinnati Airport Marriott and they are remarkable! Thye know we are excited to start booking rooms for our 40th. Birthday Celebration of the Vent Haven International Ventriloquists' ConVENTion...

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WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO GO “PRO”?

I’ve had this question asked of me many times by both amateur and semi-pro ventriloquists, “What does it take to go “pro” or full time in ventriloquism?”. In this installment I will look at what I found it takes plus give you some tips as to things that can help KEEP...

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Do free shows really help you?

In my 30 years of doing shows for a living I have to say that nothing good ever came out of a free show. They are always set up wrong. The promo for the show is always about them and very little said about you except that YOU are doing the show FREE. The day of the...

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DO “FREE SHOWS” REALLY HELP YOU?

DO “FREE SHOWS” REALLY HELP YOU?

I have tackled this subject in other columns in the past but I think it is always important to revisit important topics like this one. The question, “Do FREE shows actually help your career?” is an important one and is something all of us performers must deal with....

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DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING AT SEMINARS OR CONVENTIONS?

DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING AT SEMINARS OR CONVENTIONS?

Going to vent gatherings like the Vent Haven ConVENTion and Ventarama can be great fun. You get to talk to fellow vents, watch great shows, and have the opportunity to attend seminars, lectures, and workshops. But did you learn anything ? , and that’s the question!...

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