In our previous post, Mark and I talked about four things that help make school assembly shows a resounding success. Here in the last installment of our series for Kids Entertainer Hub, we aim to leave you with something that’s often overlooked but truly valuable in terms of forging client relationship (and making you stick in their mind): the thank you note.[Read more...]
Using Backing Tracks in Children’s Shows:
Kids Entertainer Tips for Adding Sound Effects and Music to Make Your Production Bigger & BetterAmong the tried and tested ways to make any show outstanding is to add backing tracks. Music and sound effects do make performances livelier, funnier, and more professional, and they even allow you to insert a voice character in your program and prompt your audience to react.
Listen to this interview and get a heap of tips from Mark Beckwith and Obediah Thomas on how to use—and create—your own backing tracks.[Read more...]
Creating, Marketing, and Making a Difference with School Assembly ShowsAre you a magician, juggler, or musician who wants to go into the school assembly market? Or perhaps you’re a non-entertainer—maybe a teacher—who wants to try your hand at school show performing? If yes, then this episode is something you don’t want to miss.
Together with Andrew Ready, experienced school show performer Obediah Thomas discusses how you can make and sell your own school assembly programs and shares why offering them might be the best step you take this year for your career.[Read more...]
Last month, Mark Beckwith and I touched on the pros of doing school assembly shows. Now we’re back with a post that’s all about where you can find a great audience.
We’ve all had bad audiences, the ones that sit there with no response, talk among themselves, read the paper, or get up to leave. I remember my stand-up comic days counting the people in the crowd before the show. The headliner had a rule in his contract: under 20 people and the show doesn’t go on. That meant I had to open for 21 people in the house. At midnight. Uggghh.
But I have found salvation—the ultimate audience, the one I can feel great about performing for, the one that allows me to do my show the way I want to.
Hi there. Last month Mark talked about what we think is the best children’s gig. This time, I’ll discuss the good things you get to enjoy when you choose to do school assembly shows.
I want to challenge you. And I know you are up for a challenge because you didn’t become a performer slugging equipment, writing routines, hoping against hope that there will be enough gigs for food, clothing and shelter because it was easy. You took a dive into the deep end when you proclaimed to the world that you were good enough at performing to get paid for it.[Read more...]
School Assembly Entertainment:
Tips for Kids Entertainers Who Want to Venture into the School Show MarketIn episode 2 of our From the Experts series, we tackle the school assembly entertainment market with seasoned pro Obediah Thomas.
From the pros of offering school assembly shows, to tips on how to be successful at it, to instructions on how to create backdrops for it (or any show for that matter), we discuss them here.
Go on and click play and enjoy this interview packed with a lot of useful tips that can get you started with your own school assembly show.[Read more...]
Which is the best market for kids entertainment? In this post, I’m going to be bold and give you my opinion on which children’s entertainment gig is best.
Over the years, Obediah and I have performed at all of the venues listed below. For each item, I give a pay range from 1-10, with 10 being the highest pay potential. The reason I am not using actual money figures is that specific pay varies depending on your location and your reputation. I also state what I personally like about each venue. Again, this is based on our experience.[Read more...]