For those of you who are trying to break into the field of Ventriloquism, one of the hardest things to obtain is the experience that will allow you to gain bookings for your show.
There is a very easy solution to the problem of not being able to get shows to gain that experience. Simply put, it is doing free shows. Yes we know that doing free shows does not pay well, but that is not the point.
In order to get in a position of getting paid to perform, you must first perform and become somewhat recognized as a performer so that you can get the paid shows that you really want.
Before you know it, Halloween will be here with Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner. But these are perfect performing opportunities.
It is hard to think about Christmas when you still have sweat pouring into your eyes from the heat of summer, but this is the time to start planning. Start figuring out your Halloween, Holiday Christmas Shows.
The question of the day is Do You Have a Ventriloquists Bucket List? What is a Bucket List? In this case it is the complete list of things you hope to achieve before you stop doing Ventriloquism.
For instance (lets keep the list simple) you want to perform for a public crowd by standing on a street corner and performing for tips. In order to do this, you must go to a store and get their permission to work on their sidewalk.
Depending on the store, you may have to give them assurance of the type of act you will perform so that they know you will not be offensive to their buying crowd. Why is it important to has a wish to perform on a sidewalk just for tips?
Something that we have observed time and time again at Vent Haven ConVENTion is the number of Ventriloquists that get together with other Ventriloquists for a mutual learning session. You can witness this type of activity throughout the ConVENTion.
What you will see is groups of Vents getting together. It can be groups of 2, 3, 4, 5 or more. They will sit down off to the side and hold up one puppet. Then each Vent will in turn take the puppet and do something with the character.
By the time the puppet has been passed around the circle several times, the owner of the character has a bucket full of ideas how to make that puppet work for him in his/her show.
Another question that pops up on a regular basis is the storing of puppets. We are not talking about how to keep a puppet overnight, but rather for the safe keeping of your puppet for 3 to 6 months or longer.
First if possible, lets store the puppet vertically in an upright position. This would be to store the puppet on a stand. It is important that when you put the puppet down on a shaft that goes into his/her head that the top of the shaft MUST have a ball of some sort on the top of it.
This is very important so that the weight of the puppet when bearing down on the shaft does not eventually force the shaft through the top of the puppets head. As you can imagine, this would create the need for expensive repairs on the puppet.