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...]
How Important Are Props, Presentation Skills, and Personality in Kids EntertainingWhat makes a successful kids show and entertainer—the performer’s props, presentation skills, or personality? In this podcast episode, award-winning children’s entertainer and ventriloquist John Kimmons discusses all these three and more.[Read more...]
Adding Puppets to Your Kids Show:
Tips for Children’s Entertainers Looking to Add More to Their Act
Ever thought of adding puppets to your kids show? This episode just might give you the nudge you need to give it a try.
In this podcast interview, professional magician and ventriloquist Tom Crowl shares the difference that puppets can make to your show, as well as fantastic tips and resources you can use to be a good puppet manipulator. Listen to the conversation and pick up the information you need to add more colour, depth, and value to your act.
The Business Side of Kids Entertainment
Tips on How to Build a Solid Career in the Industry
If you’re like many magicians, face painters, magical storytellers, balloon twisters, and other children’s performers, you probably went into kids entertainment for the love of it, without having the business side of it all figured out.
Master ventriloquist Tom Crowl started much the same way. The creator of the first ever virtual ventriloquist course, Tom actually performed magic for a long time before he made the leap to ventriloquism out of necessity. In this podcast, he shares his journey and the things he learned along the way that helped him—and would help you—make a solid career in kids entertainment. So listen closely and you just might pick up the piece of insight you need to make your business flourish like never before.
How to Create a Successful Library Show
Get some tips on how to run a successful library show from a young professional ventriloquist, Meghan Casey.
Meghan got her hands on puppets early in life. She started learning ventriloquism at 5, attended her first vent convention at 6, and did her first library shows at 11. Now 20 years old, Meghan continues to pursue her passion and keep kids engrossed and entertained with her puppets. Just last library season, she had 100 shows!
So what’s her secret for booking so many gigs and being a success at what she does? Find out in this podcast.
How to Manage Kid Audiences Effortlessly
Whether you’re a seasoned ventriloquist or a kids entertainer considering adding puppets in your act, Mark Wade has a wealth of practical tips for you that you can apply as soon as your next show.
Named America’s number 1 children’s ventriloquist and awarded the International Ventriloquist of the Year in the past, Mark shares how you can manage kid audiences effortlessly, convinces you to give puppets and ventriloquism a try, and directs you to resources where you can learn the craft.
Welcome to the third 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 Aubery picks the minds of kids entertainers Charlie Frye, Jimmy Carlo, Bill Abbott, Michael Diamond, Paul Daniels, and Sylvester the Jester. In this episode, we feature ventriloquist, magician, and kids entertainer extraordinaire John Kimmons.
I'll share with all you kids entertainers just how I use pre schools to sharpen my performing skills ...
I ventured into the realm of doing pre-schools, or daycare centers, a number of years ago. I wanted to sharpen my kid show skills with the very little ones and also add some extra shows to my schedule. I contacted the daycares through a mailing campaign and I picked up many customers in the process. This is the “Ventrilo-secret” for blocking out my shows.