5 Reasons NOT to Accept That Gig

5 Reasons NOT to Accept That Gig

I don’t want to sound negative here, but actually using negativity to get to a positive result can sometimes work!  I want to give you 5 reasons why you should not accept a gig or show from a would-be client.  They are valid reasons that can help you as a performer....

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IN JUST 3 DAYS THE PRICE OF THE VENT HAVEN ConVENTion GOES UP!!

IN JUST 3 DAYS THE PRICE OF THE VENT HAVEN ConVENTion GOES UP!!

That’s right, on May 16 the price of registration goes up to $145. for the primary person and $115. for each additional family member. All registrations postmarked by May 15 will get the special reduced rate of $135.for the primary person and $95. for each additional...

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AVOIDING “KNEE JERK” DECISIONS

AVOIDING “KNEE JERK” DECISIONS

For those not familiar with the term “knee jerk” decision , let me explain. A “knee jerk’ decision is a decision that you made without thinking things through.  We sometimes react to things emotionally, without the use of our good sense and reason, and then have to...

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“Pro Bono” Shows As A Marketing Strategy

“Pro Bono” Shows As A Marketing Strategy

What the heck is Mark writing about when he starts his column with a Latin phrase, “pro bono”?  The Latin words mean “for free”, and that’s what we are going to tackle today, how to use this as a strategy for getting paid jobs. When I moved to Florida I had absolutely...

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PROSPECTING FOR NEW CUSTOMERS

PROSPECTING FOR NEW CUSTOMERS

Everyone of us in our field of show business needs clients.  But how do we do we get them, and how do we hold on to them once they are found ?  Let’s take a look at what we can do to help this situation. “EVERYBODY” IS NOT YOUR CUSTOMER ! Wow, you must be in shock...

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A FEW OF MY FAVORITE WARM UPS – Part 2

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE WARM UPS – Part 2

In my first installment about warm ups I mentioned where the idea came from to warm up your audiences.  Fairs, television, and live performances all used this great idea, so why not vents?  Being a children’s ventriloquist specialist I found this to be exactly what I...

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Why Warming Up Your Audience Is Important- Part 1

I first was introduced to “warming up the crowd” when I was hired to be the opening act at fairs for some big name Nashville stars like Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, The Oak Ridge Boys, not to mention a few rock ‘n’roll legends like Chubby Checker, Jan and Dean, and...

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ARE “VENT SPECIALTIES” IMPORTANT?

ARE “VENT SPECIALTIES” IMPORTANT?

I am a vent that likes to add spice to my act.  I truly enjoy working with puppets as that is what the audience thinks of when they hear the word “ventriloquist”.  But you can also add some dimension to your shows by learning how to do some “vent specialties”.  What...

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IS DIRECT MAIL ADVERTISING DEAD?

Any working professional , or even part-time vent is always looking for the best ways to get out their message.  With the advent of the internet many performers have tossed away the idea of advertising by sending out a postcard or brochure.  It is so much easier,...

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USING SAME PUPPETS FOR REPEAT DATES

USING SAME PUPPETS FOR REPEAT DATES

On more than one occasion I have been asked about what do I do about returning dates or engagements.  Do I use the same puppets, or do I go off in a totally different direction and use something else?  Let’s tackle this situation in this post. First, you always have...

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