“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

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?

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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USING SAME PUPPETS FOR REPEAT DATES

USING SAME PUPPETS FOR REPEAT DATES

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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March 11 Update

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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WHEN IT’S OK TO DO A FREE / REDUCED PRICE SHOW

YOU NEED TO REGISTER TODAY TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR JR./SR. OPEN MIC TOMORROW Tomorrow morning, March 12,  at 10 AM Eastern time in the USA you can sign up to be a part of the Junior or Senior Open Mic at the Vent Haven ConVENTion 2014.  But to be eligible you MUST be...

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IMPROMPTU VENT CAN BE A BIG “PLUS”

I have often been asked “When is it OK to do a FREE show?”.  Some would answer “Never!”, but I think this is something a performer has to deal with personally. I never say “never” to a free show.  Please allow me to explain… Many times there are causes you believe in...

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