Episode 64: Everyone Needs Help Sometimes

Asking for help is not always easy, especially for performers. At the same time, giving help is difficult for us as well. Something about that darn ego.

We are proud people, performers. We like to figure things out on our own and feel weak if we don’t have it all together. But that should not be the case. We should always seek advice and help from others. Even more so we should also give advice freely to those seeking it. Who are we to impede another performers dreams. I have seen performers so reluctant to help someone else and even more so to accept help in return but how do we grow? We have to remain flexible and remember that we are all after our dreams.

I am seeking one person to step up and be willing to put in a little work. I want to build your online home AND show you how easy it is to manage your social media and build your fan base. I need one person that is ready to get after their dreams to let me give this to you as a free gift. If you thing that is you CLICK HERE and let’s find out!

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Episode 63: Get More Gigs

There is not really a secret to getting more opportunities to perform. You have to want it and you have put in some work to make it happen.

Rehearsal means nothing without a performance. How are you going to get a performance? Are you going to wait for someone to find you? If you wait to be discovered, you will die in rehearsal. You have to get out there and get after it my friend. You may have to make some tough choices - videogames or look for venues or events to reach out to? Watch T.V. or create some content to share on social media? Go out drinking or create an email to send out about my upcoming shows? These step are actually so small they can all get done in less than an hour. You just have to learn how.

I am seeking one person to step up and be willing to put in a little work. I want to build your online home AND show you how easy it is to manage your social media and build your fanbase. I need one person that is ready to get after their dreams to let me give this to you as a free gift. If you thing that is you CLICK HERE and let’s find out!

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Episode 62: Mercedes

There are people that will come into your life and although they may not stay long, they have a huge impact on your life.

This episode is dedicated to my dearly departed mentor, Mercedes. We were not best friends, more like acquaintances, but he was my Yoda when I first started performing. Many of the lessons he taught me are still with me today and here is where I share my favorite pieces of wisdom that he shared with me over 11 years ago.

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Episode 61: Make Them Love You

Not Everyone in the audience came for you. You have to turn them, make them interested in your art.

Too often performers believe the audience is already theirs just by stepping on stage when in fact 80% of most audiences have no idea who the act is. They just showed up for a drink or a meal or to hang with friends. Your performance just happens to be the entertainment for the time being. It is your job as a performer to entertain, to show the audience a good time. Not only that but you also have a personal agenda. You need to make them your fans. So how does that happen? Magic! In reality the magic is your interaction. Mingle before you perform, give people a reason to pay attention. During the performance make eye contact, smile, high five. Given to opportunity actually talk to people while on stage. Then after the show, don’t just pack up and leave. Stay. Mingle some more, even better, ask people for feedback. That really makes people feel important and invested. Just show people the love you want the to show you.

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Episode 60: Are You Asking the RIGHT Questions?

Performers can avoid BIG show mistakes by having the sense to ask questions about the venue and patrons.

 

Mistakes will certainly happen, that's an unavoidable truth but wouldn’t it be nice to prepare for some of the big mistakes? There is really nothing worse than showing up for a gig and realizing you're not right for this audience. Of course, you are a professional so you go on and give the best damn show you can but when its not a good fit, its not a good fit. But then there is planning a show with 6 dancers and an impressive kickline only to be met with a performance space that rivals your closet. Lastly, there is the need to change your clothes in the beer closet only covered by a curtain that MAY get closed when the bartender leaves. (True Story)

 

The Lesson: Ask the right questions to make better decisions about your performance.

 

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Episode 59: Send the Follow-up

Trying to get booked is challenging, even more so if you are afraid to follow-up. Send the Second E-mail.

There are many reasons you have not heard a response about a performance opportunity and not all of them are bad. Sometimes e-mail boxes are not monitored, maybe this is not actually the preferred communication method. Not everyone stays on top of their email or checks their Facebook messages daily. Perhaps they are taking it under consideration, running it by other people and just has not gotten around to responding. This is why it is important and most times necessary to send a second follow-up email. In rare instances you may even send a third using an alternate communication method.

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