I have been professional entertainer for over 10 years. I have learned from experience some of the things that make an event run well and some things to avoid. I would like to share some of this information with you to help you choose the correct entertainment for your event.
First I am continually amazed at how much time, money and effort is put into selecting the menu, caterer, colors, arrangement of the centerpieces, location, and how secondary the choice of entertainment is. Here is an unvarnished truth. NOTHING AFFECTS THE SUCCESS OF YOUR PARTY, RECEPTION, DINNER OR EVENT MORE THAN THE ENTERTAINMENT YOU CHOOSE. – So do so carefully. To put it another way, no matter how much you spend on the food, venue, or decorations they soon be forgotten. But the entertainment will be remembered for a very long time. If you do not believe me, when was the last time you heard someone rave about the meal they had at an event three weeks later. Therefore, you need to choose your
Photos of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s baby were sold to People magazine for $4.1 million recently. Yes. You read that correctly, $4.1 million. What is our fascination with celebrity? Is it the larger than life movie stars? Is it the glamorous lives they lead? How is it people can name every character from Grey’s Anatomy but come up empty when asked to name their state senators?
It’s because we are obsessed with celebrity. We need entertainment scoop and there isn’t a shortage in finding it. The E! Network dedicates itself to nothing but entertainment. Searches result in countless pages on your inquired subject. There certainly isn’t a shortage of magazines on it either. Supermarket stands sell them. Bookstores sell them. You can also subscribe to these magazines online. Websites such as Mags For Less offer a variety of entertainment magazines to choose from.
Here is a partial list and brief description of the top selling entertainment magazine subscriptions in the U.S.:
- People Magazine – A weekly magazine focusing on celebrity and human interest stories. People Magazine is best
The online gambling world is home to some of the biggest jackpots that you will ever find. Until recently, there were only a few top performers, but times are changing. While Microgaming and PlayTech previously dominated the online jackpot market, a few new players have appeared, offering much bigger and better jackpots. Net Entertainment is one such operator, awarding some of the online casino world’s most lucrative prizes.
Established in 1996, Net Entertainment is one of the oldest online gambling operators; however, it is only recently that the company has gained widespread attention in the online casino world. This is mostly due to the generous online jackpots that have been awarded by Net Entertainment slots over the course of the past few years.
This online slots provider offers 15 different progressive jackpot games, including online slots and table games. There are two types of jackpots in the network: local and pooled. Local jackpots (such as Mega Joker, Tiki Wonders and Fishy Fortune) accumulate their prizes from the wagers placed one particular game at one particular
You might ask, what is entertainment? It ranges from the ridiculous to the sublime. A prime example is found in the lyrics of the well known song “That’s Entertainment”, which answers this question. Here are the starting lyrics:
“The clown with his pants falling down…” “Or the dance that’s a dream of romance…” “Or the scene where the villain is mean,” “That’s Entertainment”
See what I mean? Can’t you just picture the scenes described in the lyrics? If you know the tune, I’ll bet you are singing it. Judy Garland used to and Tony Bennett does now.
It is such a broad subject that it must be broken down into dozens of categories because what pleases and delights, is really in the eyes and ears of the beholder.
Where do you fit in…what are your favorites? A seasoned professional booking agent might say, I don’t care about the clown but I love Tony Bennett. After 40 years in the business, he might tell you that tastes are definitely varied and so are the reasons for booking and buying all the different acts, artists, bands, groups, comedians, tributes, etc.
Do you find yourself in
There are many people who think they may enjoy a career in the entertainment industry. However, most do not actually realize how many different jobs are available in this industry. A career in entertainment can be very exciting, and you do not have to be an actor to have a successful career in this industry. When you are considering careers, you want to pick the one best suited to you, so it is important that you understand the various career options that the entertainment industry has to offer so you can make the right choice. Entertainment Careers ( actor, producer, director, musician, singer, dancers, choreographers)
Within the entertainment industry there are many great careers to choose from and there are opportunities for people with a variety of talents. One of the most obvious choices in this field is to be an actor. Whether you act on stage or in the movies, you have the opportunity to portray various characters, and although it can be quite a demanding career, it is usually a great deal of fun as well. Some careers that are behind the scenes of all movies include the producers and the directors. If you enjoy
Following on from my first article regarding Gigging in Retirement Homes and Nursing Homes, it dawned on me again recently that there must be literally thousands of musicians who would love to make some extra income, particularly during the day time and especially in the one thing they love most, and that’s in the Music Business.
You know I shared this idea with a friend of mine and within a month or so he phoned me to say that he had added 55 daytime bookings to his gigging schedule. That’s almost £5000 worth of extra work, and it’s during the day.
He is so excited because he didn’t even realise that this kind of work even existed.
It’s amazing to think that within just a few months, any musician or entertainer who applies and adapts themselves to gigging in this type of environment could actually increase their income by possibly two or three fold.
I know because I’ve actually achieved what I’m talking about here, by doing well over a thousand bookings in this sector of the entertainment industry in a little over 3 years. Starting from nothing, to having over 300 regular customers
Whether you’re a comedian, musician, athlete, or an anchor on the nightly news, there are certain attributes you need to have or develop to become a great entertainer. No matter the field in which you practice, it takes hard work to perfect your craft. Practice is the key to gaining the knowledge and experience to make your performance as smooth and confident as possible.
One of the most important aspects of being an entertainer is knowing and understanding the audience. Gauging what aspects of a performance will garner a positive reaction from your audience is sometimes the result of trial and error, but having a working knowledge of the audience allows you to adjust your act accordingly. For instance, if you’re performing comedy for a senior citizens church group, you might do well to avoid profanities and sexual overtones in your material.
Once you have a working idea of who your audience is, the next step is careful preparation. Being unprepared is the worst mistake an entertainer can make. If you don’t care enough to pay attention to your act, then why would your audience? Preparation allows for smooth delivery and enables you to work within
Today I will talk about what you should expect to be paying for a professional wedding band for an evenings entertainment. The key word there is professional. A band that does it week in week out and knows what is expected from a wedding band.
I’ve been in 3 or 4 different wedding bands, and worked with at least 50 others on a weekly basis, trying to help couples find the perfect band for their weddings. A lot of people ask me how much wedding bands should be charging for an evening of music. Personally, If I had never booked a band before I would have no idea how much live music should cost.
There are a lot of differing thoughts on costing with regards to value to the customer and value to the musician. Both parties need to be satisfied for the evening to work out. If the bride thinks she is paying too much then she won’t be relaxed, happy and enjoying her perfect evening with family and friends. If the band aren’t safe in the knowledge they can pay their rent / eat more than rice and peas this week, their performance will
I must have missed the memo. When did it become mandatory to entertain people with advertising? Aren’t there enough lame sitcoms out there to watch? I guess I’m too old school. I come from a background where advertising was educational, informational, and about brand identity. As an informed consumer I would like to know more about the product and be less entertained. Watching cute little 3D animated characters hit on each other doesn’t give me the information I need to make an informed decision. Apparently though, some consumers would rather be entertained than informed or educated. Have we really sunk that low? Really?
Advertising should educate
How can you expect potential customers to buy your product if they don’t know anything about it? Shouldn’t you tell them what makes your product superior to your competitors? Shouldn’t you tell them the value added they receive by buying your product over someone else’s? Maybe it’s better that a cute little squirrel chases after an acorn tumbling down a hill. What the hell does that have to do with your product? Advertising that doesn’t educate doesn’t attract customers. It might entertain them for a few seconds and then they
Entertainment in Canada boasts all the sophistication tourists have come to expect from a major North American country, coupled with delightful rural entertainment in relaxing local venues. Covering mainstream world-class productions in Ottawa and the larger cities, Canada also offers the latest in alternative acts and traditional art forms, particularly in its exceptional folk music heritage.
Music of the highest quality, both classical and modern, is offered throughout the country, and major cities provide first-rate theater, dance, and film, not to mention many musical shows and film festivals.
PROVINCIAL DAILY newspapers are the most reliable sources of information about forthcoming events; the Vancouver Sun, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, and Toronto Star are the most popular. Listings are usually published at least once a week. The Globe & Mail and National Post are produced in Toronto but are sold countrywide and have excellent arts sections containing reviews of the latest attractions. Tourist offices are helpful; some operators may assist in booking tickets. Visitor centers and hotel lobbies have weekly entertainment guides, such as Where, a magazine covering Vancouver. In Quebec, French-language entertainment is chronicled by two papers, La Presse and Le Devoir. Macleans is a
Often, the simple reason for not accomplishing all that you set your mind to, is because not enough of your mind is set to it.
It’s a little test called the Education versus Entertainment Ratio.
it requires a clean piece of paper and something to write with. On one side of the paper you want to begin to list categories in the entertainment department of your life that you spend time and money at.
You may not be aware of some of them as “entertainment”, but be honest with yourself here, because not being honest won’t help you achieve your highest dreams.
Anything you do, that is for your pleasure and “down time”, relaxation time…goes on this list. Things like:
television, movies, computer games, cards, outdoor games, golf, basketball, baseball, football…you get the idea. If some of these things are how you make your living, obviously you will need to decide when it is “entertainment” and when it is just “having fun”.
After you have made that list, put two things to the side of it..one, is the amount of time each day or week that you spend at each of those
It is two weeks before Halloween and you have had a brilliant stroke of genius. This is the year you will throw a Halloween bash for your family and friends! Yikes, did I say it is two weeks before Halloween? You need some ideas for entertaining and you need them quickly. While two weeks is definitely cutting it close, you can still pull off a fun and enjoyable bash for your guests in a flash.
When feeding a crowd choose an easy menu and fill in with some terrific purchased food. Here are a few easy entertaining ideas . Prepare all the small munchies and a tasty fall salad with pears, nuts and blue cheese yourself. Some examples of small munchies are dips with veggies, pita chips or tortilla chips. Also, any easy bite-size appetizers such as hot wings, taquitos, sushi or potstickers. Also, serve mini-cupcakes decorated for Halloween, purchased popcorn balls or caramel apples for a little something sweet on the menu. Purchase tamales from a favorite restaurant for the main entrée. This really takes the pressure off from having to prepare the entire menu. Order the tamales at least 1 week before your party. If
Here we are in the full bloom of summer. A fun time for kids enjoying their break from school.
I have a niece who simply loves to read. Actually, she is content to sit and read for an entire day. My Sister-In-Law never has any concerns about her child’s entertainment needs because her little one seems to always be taken away with a good book.
But that is just not the case with most children. If your child is between the ages of 4 and 10, then you may need to put some thought into child entertainment tips.
When my son was very young, he amused himself with his farm sets. Remember those? He had toy houses, sheds, tractors, other farm equipment, fence pieces, and not to mention all the toy trucks and cars his parents spoiled him with. He would set all this up in our living room and he was quite the happy child for several hours.
The above would be a great idea if your child is a boy and was into this type of activity. Every child is unique and has different likes, dislikes, and needs. And all these need
RTE had an interesting program on the other night called The Gambling Gene. It looked at the Irish people’s liking for a bet, to see if we were more inclined to bet than our European neighbours. Overall I thought it was pretty balanced. The presenter Joe O’Shea looked at both the problem side of gambling, but also acknowledged that gambling provides entertainment to so many. If you haven’t seen it check it out on RTE Player.
Most people I know that like a bet, will admit that in the long run they will lose. They may aspire to turn from a losing punter into a winning one, or they may hope for the big win, that will cancel out all their loses and more. Both of these can happen, but in reality most people that bet, will end up as losing punters. Why then do they bet? That’s easy. Gambling provides entertainment and should be treated as an expense, the same as going to the cinema. We know the cost of going to the cinema but how much does gambling cost us?
Because luck plays such a short term part of betting, it can be hard
This is part TWO of a series of articles I have written to help entertainers get work as
Guest Entertainers on cruise ships.
This varies from cruise line to cruise line, so again, either ask your agent or check
the Guest Entertainer Manual of the cruise line you are working for the discounts
you are allowed as a guest entertainer. The general rule for most ships is that there
is a 25% bar discount for guest entertainers and a 20% discount in the boutique
shops on board. At the end of each cruise when you get your bill, make sure that
the discounts have been taken off the final account. It has happened on so many
occasions where the final discount was wrong or not taken off. For whatever reason
these days, the bills are always wrong and most guest entertainers have to end up
going down at the end of a cruise and sorting the problems out. I often believe the
problems on ships are due to simple lack of communication between departments!
There are the top end cruise lines where you don’t have to pay for any drinks at the
bar, but that is
This is part 3 on How to Get Work … and Keep it! … by working as a Guest
Entertainer on a cruise ship
Always have your cue sheets ready to give the production manager. These will
include any music cues and lighting cues. You will always get time to rehearse and
this will be the time to go over any cues. The stages on the ships today are
incredible and have everything.
Prepare cue sheets for light and sound technicians. Early upon your arrival on the
ship the stage manager will contact you. He or she will want to know what special
requirements you need and how much rehearsal time to schedule. You should be
familiar with your technical requirements. Talk to him about the kind of lighting and
sound you need and any backstage help you will require. At rehearsal you should be
able to supply written cue sheets that explain how and when all the technical things
happen during your act. For recorded music I use a programmable mini-disc unit. If
you use recorded music I recommend that you put it on the highest quality playback
method you can. If you use
The date is set. The invitations need to go out in the next couple of days. The theme is decided and the decorations are waiting for you at the party supply store… Oh yeah, why don’t we have an entertainer for the kids this year.
Cue the screeching brake noise…now.
If you’re at this point in the process the pickin’s are gonna be slim in the entertainer department. You need to back the planning truck up about four weeks to make sure that you have time to locate and book quality entertainment. Yes, it is possible to find a quality entertainer last-minute–but don’t expect them to be there just waiting for a phone call. A good entertainer will start seriously booking shows for birthdays about six weeks in advance. Four weeks is still a fairly safe bet, but beyond that the dates get tight.
Most people want to have the party on a Saturday about mid-afternoon. Well, an entertainer only has about eight of those coveted spots in any given month. Once they are taken, you go to late afternoon/early evening or perhaps a Sunday (which is getting more popular nowadays). So Rule #1: Plan
How an Entertainment Agency works
In addition to writing contracts, making phone calls, sending emails (sometimes 50 a day) an entertainment agent will in the first instance obtain the work, which is in fact, their main role. This has never been so difficult since the post war period. There are occasions when an entertainment agent spends the whole day searching for the right act. Using the example of a sole trader, an entertainment agent’s typical week 40 hr week comprises of:
40%-60% promoting the agency (front page of Google etc) 16-24 hrs
10%-30% dealing with bookings/issues 4-12 hrs
20% responding to enquiries (weeding out time wasters etc) 8 hrs
5% artist registration/maintaining a large artist database 2 hrs
5% Searching for that elusive act 2 hrs
Entertainment Agent Overheads
An entertainment agent has overheads like any business. Here is a list of some of the entertainment agent’s overheads totalling (typically £2000+/year:
• Bank charges
• General office costs – lighting heating stationary PC telephone etc
• Broadband costs
• Hosting service/domain name rental/SEO/AdWords
• Petrol – checking out artists/venues
• Membership of FSB
I knew it, Dr. Izzie Stevens of the hospital drama Grey’s Anatomy made it to Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Top Stars of 2007. Watching her crack her jokes and display her antics in her recent movie Knocked Up, Katherine Heigl really stepped a notch higher from a teeny-bopper to a bombshell. As we look back her humble beginnings in film and TV no one would ever thought that she can go this far. At least all her hard work pays off as she got a whole bunch of movies and TV assignments intended to feature her acting prowess.
A hot actress in her own right, she breaks out via My Father the Hero and then comes Under Siege 2: Dark Territory along with Steven Seagal as she plays the latter’s niece Sarah Ryback. Followed by a sequel to the highly-successful Child’s Play movie franchise Bride of Chucky. She crossovers tv via WB’s cult favorite Roswell as Isabel Evans who is the sister of Max played by Jason Behr who happens to be her boyfriend before. After a series of tv stints another movie is lined up as she accompanies Denise Richards and David Boreanaz in the horror-thriller movie
Producing and editing a masterwork of recorded music is obviously a specialized art form. But so is the entertainment lawyer’s act of drafting clauses, contracts, and contractual language generally. How might the art of the entertainment attorney’s legal drafting a clause or contract affect the musician, composer, songwriter, producer or other artist as a practical matter? Many artists think they will be “home free”, just as soon as they are furnished a draft proposed record contract to sign from the label’s entertainment attorney, and then toss the proposed contract over to their own entertainment lawyer for what they hope will be a rubber-stamp review on all clauses. They are wrong. And those of you who have ever received a label’s “first form” proposed contract are chuckling, right about now.
Just because a U.S. record label forwards an artist its “standard form” proposed contract, does not mean that one should sign the draft contract blindly, or ask one’s entertainment lawyer to rubber-stamp the proposed agreement before signing it blindly. A number of label forms still used today are quite hackneyed, and have been adopted as full text or individual clauses in whole or in