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...]
In the last post in the Restaurant Gigs for Kids Entertainers series, restaurateur Andrew Cox shared what value entertainers give to restaurant owners and customers. In this latest installment, Andrew gives tips that can help you score your first restaurant gig.[Read more...]
How to Improve Your Presence:
Kids Entertainer Tips for a Stronger Performance and a More Responsive AudienceAs entertainers, we want our audience to have their eyes glued to us, hanging on our every word and applauding with delight. And more often than not, the key to achieving this lies not so much on the tricks or routines we have prepared (although of course they are an integral part of how to get that reaction), but on our presence.
In this interview, comedy genius Robert Baxt talks all about improving our presence and he gives anecdotes and specific examples along the way to illustrate his points. He also shares a lot more in this episode, so we recommend hitting the Play button right now.[Read more...]
Tried-and-Tested Kids Party Games to Add to Your ShowWhatever type of children’s entertainer you are, you’ll find having easy-to-do but extremely fun kids party games in your arsenal useful. They not only help you give the children a delightful time; they also make you stand out in the adults’ eyes as you’re able to show how you can maintain control of excited kids and keep chaos at bay.
And in this podcast episode, Simon Sparkles gives you some go-to games to add to your show. Be sure to download the extended notes to get more details about these games.[Read more...]
How to Be Funny:
Comedy Tips for Kids EntertainersAs entertainers, we usually worry if we are funny enough. And it’s understandable. Laughter is a good indication (though it is by no means the only indication) that our audience is indeed being entertained.
If comedy is something you wish you’re better at, or if you simply want more tips and inspiration on how to be funny, David DeVito, who has been voted “Best Stand-Up” in the Los Angeles Comedy Festival, shares a good number of solid tips in this interview. (We’ve listed them all in the extended notes, so be sure to get a copy.)[Read more...]
In my last post for this Tips for Starting Magicians series, I discussed what to keep in mind when choosing the tricks for your first magic show. Now I’ll focus on a question that many who are thinking of trying their hand at magic ask: how many tricks do you need to be a magician?[Read more...]
In part 1 of this two-part article on music copyright, David Bilan answered questions on music ownership, penalties for infringement, and ways to legally use the tracks you need. Now he goes on to share more options that children’s entertainers have regarding songs and sounds for their shows.[Read more...]
Why a Children’s Entertainment Career Is a Smart ChoiceRoger Blakiston’s career in professional entertainment spans over 50 years, and it also spans both sides of the Atlantic. Theatrically trained and having run his own children’s entertainment agency in the UK before moving to the US—where he is still an active kids comedy magician—Roger is filled with stories and insights about all these fun and games we call work.
Listen to our interview with him and see a life in children’s entertainment through his eyes.[Read more...]
Previously in the Restaurant Gigs for Kids Entertainers series, restaurant manager Andrew Cox shared what magicians and roaming performers need to know about the restaurant and hotel setting and what is expected of them. Here in part 3, Andrew is back to discuss in more specific details the value that entertainers add to the dining experience.[Read more...]
Better Shows, Quieter Kids, Happier Parents:
New Methods from Zivi KiviZivi Kivi is back on the Kids Entertainer Podcast and in this episode he offers smart, easy-to-do marketing strategies that will help you get better—and more—shows while keeping the kids quiet and cooperative. Zivi has road-tested these techniques in his own shows, so you know they truly and effectively work.
Be sure to download the thank you note template and the extended notes so you don’t need to pause and write down Zivi’s awesome tips. All you’ve got to do is listen and enjoy the episode.