Memorial Day

Photo by Justin Casey on Unsplash On Memorial Day, citizens of the United States celebrate Memorial Day - a day when we remember and honor our veterans. Then we grill out, eat and drink. Putting aside any feelings of animosity and reasons behind any...

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11 Bad Ways to Promote Yourself.

11 Bad Ways to Promote Yourself.

You have spent some money on vent.You learned how to do it. You bought a puppet.Now you want to earn some money performing.Everyone offers advice on how to get shows. So I thought I would turn the tables.Here are 11 bad ways to promote your act. 1. Tell...

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Incredible Advice

Incredible Advice

Variety entertainers sometimes seem to get lost in their own little worlds.They look at what others in their art are doing and copy, or in some cases "present a tribute." There are plenty of instances where comics have been called out for stealing jokes,...

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Ventriloquism A – Z

A is for the Southwest Ventriloquist Club. (WHAT?) Well, Eddie Siller is based in Arizona ... A can also be for audience - without them you have no show.B is for Breathing. Deep breathing is important to create clear speech for your characters.C is for...

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Shout Outs!

This week I want to give a shout out to some people I really admire and appreciate.Obviously I can't list everyone, and if you don't find your name below, please don't take it wrong.Maybe I just want to remain a secret admirer of you ...First and foremost,...

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Easter Monday

It is Easter Monday - and while I don't usually discuss religion on this blog, I wanted to share one of my favorite Easter Memes with you. The regular blog will return next week.

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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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