Need something to hook your audience’s attention from the get-go and open your show with a bang? Here are 5 ideas for warm-up routines by Leslie Ann Akin that you can use right away to get your show off to a fantastic start.[Read more...]
Social Currency & Meaning:
How to Create Empowering Children’s ShowsIn this week’s Kids Entertainer Podcast episode, Guinness World Record holder and all-around entertainer Carisa Hendrix graces us with an interview that is positively brimming with insights and advice on how to create empowering children’s shows.
Talking in detail about where to draw inspiration, to how to manage different characters and brands, to what is social currency and how to give this to our audience in both our kids and adult shows, Carisa gives us a piece of her brilliant mind in this interview.[Read more...]
How to Have a Kid-Friendly Look That Appeals to Young MumsIn this podcast episode, we take a fresh look at the main target market for many kids entertainers: modern young mothers who need modern children’s entertainment. Looking at this through the eyes and experience of Regina Martinez, a young mum, a graphic designer, and a fulltime professional children’s entertainer, we gain insight into how to attain a kid-friendly look that appeals to today’s bookers—and just how worthy it is of our time to build and market our brand with the perfect colors, captivating images and a quality website.[Read more...]
In my previous post The Best Children’s Gig, I compared 7 venues for which children’s entertainers perform. I offered my experience on the pay one could expect, and my opinions about the pros and cons of each venue. In this post, I wish to talk about which performing styles (disciplines) work best for each venue.[Read more...]
Lessons Learned from Decades of Performing:
Tips and Insights from a Seasoned Children’s EntertainerIn this episode in the Vault of Wisdom series, we share lessons that a long-time kids entertainer has learned from years of performing.
Greg McMahan, an all-around professional entertainer who uses magic, comedy, balloon twisting, juggling, and clowning in his shows, has been a featured speaker in a number of children’s entertainer conventions and is the author of the terrific book Kids Think It’s Funny. He is also the magic program director of the Circus Camp. From his wealth of experience, he shares in this episode not just how to handle audiences, parents, and agents, but also how to improve yourself as an entertainer—and many more besides.[Read more...]
Hospital Entertaining Tips for Children’s Entertainers
Hospital entertaining is rewarding—there’s no doubt about it—but it isn’t as simple as it sounds. From the condition of the child and his/her parents, to the almost constant coming and going of medical personnel, to the culture of the different wards, to sanitary precautions and hospital regulations, there’s actually a lot of things to consider before you go in and entertain.
To help you navigate the ins and outs of hospital entertaining, we rummaged through our vault to bring you this insightful talk we’ve had with experienced clown doctor and professional kids entertainer Wayne Van Wyck. Listen in and pick up a wealth of tips that will serve you well next time you go out and perform a show—even if it’s not at a hospital.
Welcome to the seventh and final instalment of this series of interviews that originally appeared in Rubber Chicken magazine. Editor and publisher Peter Aubery has made them available for the Kids Entertainer Hub audience.
In this series, Peter picks the minds of kids entertainers Charlie Frye, Jimmy Carlo, John Kimmons, Bill Abbott, Michael Diamond, and Paul Daniels. In this episode, Peter talks with Daniel Sylvester Battagline, aka Sylvester the Jester, about being a stupendous character performer.
The Psychology of Play
See Performing for Children from a Fresh Perspective
Play is such a big part of a child’s life, and it’s astounding at times how we as kids entertainers often don’t think about the psychology behind it and view what we do in its light.
Professional clown Adam Zimmerman has made it a point to do so. He focuses on the communication in play when performing for kids (and in fact, even adults). With a degree in theatre and a certification in the art of clowning, Adam applies this perspective during his shows to better engage his audiences.
Listen in on his discussion of the psychology of play so you can add this useful bit of insight to your performing arsenal to better inform your shows and audience interaction.
Performing Tips from Santa Claus
Here’s our early Christmas present: some solid performing tips from no other than Santa himself.
Face Painting Tips for Kids Entertainers
From practical face painting tips, to charming anecdotes, to awesome insights on entertaining kids and getting more bookings, Marcela Murad gives them all in this interview.
Known to many as Mama Clown and widely recognized as one of the world’s premier face painters, Marcela has done it all: entertained kids with her clowning, storytelling, and magic; done thousands of shows; published her own magazine; wrote a successful series of books; started her own business; produced an international convention; and stood as an instructor and inspiration to many.
In this podcast, she generously shares amidst her heart-warming stories the knowledge and insights she has gained from her 35 years in the face painting and kids entertainment industry.