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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WE’RE AT THE VH ConVENTion!…

We will be seeing many of you at the Vent Haven ConVENTion, and due to the amount of work that goes into one of these and I run it, there will be no new posts util we get back.  Hope to see you all there!! MarkWade

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ARE YOU A “WEEK BEFORE / WEEK AFTER” VENTRILOQUIST?

ARE YOU A “WEEK BEFORE / WEEK AFTER” VENTRILOQUIST?

I had an interesting talk with Ken Groves, my second in command for the Vent Haven ConVENTion. He told me that he had talked to some vents who attended in previous years and was shocked to learn that many did not practice their vent, nor handled their puppets until a...

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IT’S TIME TO BREAK OUT OF THE “MOLD” !

IT’S TIME TO BREAK OUT OF THE “MOLD” !

I have been mulling this around in my head for some time and it has finally surfaced as a blog post. I have an infinity for the different. I think “different “ makes the world go around and especially when it comes to ventriloquism. This is my theory, and just my...

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ARE YOU A “LOOK-ALIKE” VENTRILOQUIST?

I sometimes get forlorn looking at advertisements featuring ventriloquists. It seems that many are playing “follow the follower” when it comes to picking a vent partner. I will elaborate. I have always been a performer that took the time to have unusual or unique...

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LEARNING FROM YOUR MISTAKES…

LEARNING FROM YOUR MISTAKES…

I know to many this sounds like an old motto. But, old mottos have their place and many have truth in them, if only we would listen and learn from them. It IS true..you can learn from your mistakes. We try a line or a new joke in our routine and it flops. It doesn’t...

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WHY ARE THERE SO FEW VENTRILOQUISTS?

  This is a question I have been asked by reporters, newspaper people, and especially other ventriloquists. The clowns have huge numbers..the magicians are in abundance, but why so few vents in comparison? Let’s take a short look into this in this installment ....

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IT’S THE PERSON..NOT NECESSSARILY THE PUPPET !

  I once had a call from a young aspiring ventriloquist asking “Where do I buy a puppet that’s as funny as Jeff Dunham’s “Peanut’ character? “. I was taken back for a moment, until I realized this person was serious. I gently explained that Jeff was the talent...

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YOU CAN STILL REGISTER FOR VENT HAVEN ConVENTion 2015!

IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER FOR VENT HAVEN ConVENTion 2015! We have a place for YOU at Vent Haven ConVENTin 2015 and it's going to be great. We have the TOP people in ventriloquism attending and teaching, which is something you can't get anywhere else. JEFF DUNHAM,...

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