There’s Gold In Small Towns !

I'm sure you've heard the old prospectors saying "There's gold in them hills!", well, I'm here to tell you that there is gold in them small towns as well!  Playing big cities and towns is rewarding but not as much as playing the "small time".  Let me explain.. Small...

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“But They’re Stinking Up The Territory!”

I know that is a shocking headline to start this blog but it is true, especially if you have been performing or want to start performing in a given area. A bad act coming into your area CAN "stink up" the place with a terrible act, making it almost impossible for you...

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Are “Kidshows” Real Show Business?

Anyone who knows me and knows my work can answer this question in ONE word...YES! Kidshows are a legitimate part of show business. The clientele is different, granted, but the same good principles of show business apply, whether you are doing kidshows or corporate...

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Are Themed Shows Important?

Are Themed Shows Important?

I've been asked by many when I lecture "Are themed shows important?"...and my answer is always YES! In this age of specialization the "generic" show has almost lost it's place in school and library settings. Even corporate events want special material added into the...

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Special Trunks Needed For Traveling By Air

Special Trunks Needed For Traveling By Air

I often travel by air when going to do shows and I've learned (the hard way!) that you can't just fly using your regular trunks or suitcases and expect your act to arrive in one piece. You actually need to have special cases constructed so your ventriloquist partner...

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“NO” Doesn’t Mean “Forever”!

“NO” Doesn’t Mean “Forever”!

As entertainers I think many of us are a soft skinned bunch. I know I can be, although I've gotten much better over the last few years. But do you remember the first time you were rejected or told "no" when you went back after a repeat date? Herein lies the idea of...

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Confidence A Big Factor In Success

The title of this blog needs no big explanation, but it does bear repeating. When you have confidence on stage it goes through your every fiber of being and shows up in your presentation. That's why good rehearsals are so important...to work out the "bugs" and to make...

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Have A Rehearsal Routine

Have A Rehearsal Routine

I am in the process of learning an entirely new school show that I will take to Indiana shortly to present to elementary schools. The subject matter is about energy savings, you know, turning off lights, making sure the windows are closed tightly (air conditioning...

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Blocking Your Show Is Important

Ever see someone arrive at a date and NOT know where every prop, every puppet, every EVERYTHING needed to go? The poor performer/vent looked lost and frustrated and this set the stage for things not to go well. That's because they forgot to do blocking, or setting up...

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When To Say “No” To A Show

If you are like most performers you always want to work as many shows as come your way, and that’s understandable. But there are times when a show is not a good fit for you and you and the client will both be dissatisfied. There are times when you must simply say “No”...

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