My husband and I are very much into variety entertainment and we would really like to get up and going as performers traveling around the country and doing shows. As our new years resolutions we've decided to focus as much as we can on or entertainment so that by next year we will be ready to go out on our own and just perform wherever we can. Does anyone have advice on how to do this? We aren't quite sure how or where to market ourselves in order to be able to make a living doing only entertainment. How do you keep your expenses low (especially for traveling so much)? How do you make sure you have enough shows to keep you going? What do you do during times that you don't have a show booked and you still need to make money? Any advice on the subject is helpful. My husband has been entertaining for quite a while so he has more experience than me but he still can't seem to keep lining up shows, mostly because we live in a smaller town in central Illinois. However we aren't confident enough in our knowledge of the business yet to be able to quit jobs and pack up and go to wherever there is a calling. He started juggling when he was 7 and started performing magic we he was about 4 and has continued to learn and improve ever since. He is also learning devil sticks, cigar boxes and ventriloquism. He also know balloon artistry and stilt walking as well. I was always more geared to acting when I was younger so I haven't had as much variety entertainment experience but I learned basic juggling in junior high and have been practicing more and I started hooping last spring and I love it! It one of those things in life that just seems to click. It's right, which is why I want to make it my day to day life. I also am learning poi and devil sticks now and I'm also learning to take my face painting to the next level. I hate going to work at Walmart everyday knowing that there is so much more out there in life and that I could be doing so many other things. I feel very held back and I want to just be free to enjoy life I'm just not sure how to start and how to get going. However it is my new year's resolution to figure that all out and go step forth into the entertainment world. So if anyone has advice at all I would be grateful. Thanks and Happy Hooping!!!!!

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Tags: advice, industry, job, marketing, resolution, the business, variety entertainment


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Comment by Tina Circular Artistry* Pringels on March 4, 2010 at 4:18pm
Wish I could help you but I know nothing about entertaining as a profession. I know how you feel though. Good luck to the both of you =).
Comment by Stacey - Girl on Fire on April 19, 2010 at 12:42am
I would recommend setting up a website, put some pics and promotional films on there, then sign up to as many entertainment agencies as you can. You could also try busking in your local town and doing a few free shows for charities to get more exposure. Put all your films on you-tube as well to get maximum exposure.
I hope this is helpful for you :-)
Comment by Desiree Forqueran on May 22, 2010 at 5:45pm
I wish I had some practical advice, so I'll just stick with good luck and I hope you can make your dreams a reality. Really like your pics too!

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Comment by FireFlair on June 3, 2010 at 6:56am
For keeping travel expenses low _and_ networking in the local community, use couchsurfing! I've been doing it for years and have met so many beautiful people through it. Eventually it led me to Burning Man through a guy who couchsurfed with me last year, and from there to hooping :)
Comment by shannon reeves on June 15, 2010 at 11:49am
thanks satina, excited to be here!
Comment by Hetty Hoop on June 29, 2010 at 12:42am
Stacey's advice will help you on the way a lot. Show yourself with your hoop as much and at as many places you can and do some free shows, take many many photos and vid's to put on the internet to get high ranking. You could write articles to local media, put advertisements.. to go short: make yourself seen as much as you can! Good luck to you both!
Comment by The Spicy Mermaid on June 29, 2010 at 4:31pm
Some Coffee houses have performers (Coffee Depot). Local farmers markets have little shows. Try a county fair? I'm trying to think of places I'd like to see such a thing :)
Comment by Christina Geis on July 26, 2010 at 10:23am
email booking agencies too. like band booking agencies and find out where your favorite local artists are gonna be. then get ahold of the bar/band and you'll get some serious feedback. i spin poi and i have met a few booking agents just spinning around town.

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