Monday, June 3, 2013
It is 5:30a.m. and I am just coming home from yet another high school grad night.I have to say as tough as it can be I always look foward to April ,May and June ,the hours are rough ,the drive can be long and lonely but the rewards are big.Some of the schools I perform at have been booking the show for 20 plus years, I get to see old friends and make some new one as well when the commitee or administration changes hands. These are loyal customers so they get first crack at next years dates ,they usually book for the following year as soon as i get off stage,with new clients we always make every effort to accommodate their request for specific dates.This year has been extrs busy,I had a few regulars who went price shopping last year ,you guessed it ,cheaper isn't always better ,they got what they paid for ,not only did they book me for 2013,I have a feeling they 'll be calling me back again for next year and for a few more to come. I also got a lot of new business for the same reason.This is the season when the part time wannabees come out ,lets face it you can't be everywhere ,some nights I'll do as many a 3 shows in an evening but it can be a stretch. The fact is you're always going to lose a gig here and there to a lowballer ,don't waste time worring about it ,ther are to many others clients willing to pay for a full time pro and not bith about the price.See you all at the end of June!
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Well folks it's a new year time to get back to work ,marketing,emails ,phone calls ,blogging,not a lot going on the past week or so but starting to lay the ground work for the upcoming months, generally January is kind of slow for me but thanks to good marketing last year things are off to a busy start,regular clients have begun to confirm dates for grad nites ,and some new customers have been added to my growing clientele list. I've booked quite a few new schools as well as some bigger events in the midwest.I'm not a fan of air travel but when the money is right you have to take it.It's nice to be wanted.Now for the flip side of this industry,you;ve all heard me repeat time and again my pet peeve about the lowballers and the skidders,sorry to be repetative ,but they are here to stay ,just like a bad penny they keep showing up .Hey if you're going to put you latest work on u tube at least edit it so it looks like you're a pro,nothing worse than a crap performance with 3 or 4 subjects and no one in the audience,save youself the time make it good or don't bother.Don't get me wrong we've all had a bad one now and again,but please please please refrain from posting it hoping it will get you more work ,ain't gonna happen.Maybe it's time for a nation wide search for the best and worst,it would be like an awards night ,lots of different categories just like the Oscars.The most boring,most over used skit, person most likely to make it,person most likely to fail,best and worst dressed,etc.etc.we can go on and on ,the categories are endless .How else will someone know if they are any good or not unless they are told ,its a good way to cull the herd.Hey don't get me wrong ,I'm not saying I'm the greatest but I don't think I'd still be doing this for 21years if I sucked.I only say this because this brings me to my point, I got a call the other day for a show in upstate N.Y. the booker offered $500.00 plus a room ,it's a 5 hour drive for me, I politely told him I couldn't do it for that amount and gave him my fee, his response was hypnotists are a dime a dozen ,and I said yes they are but not the really good ones!
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Tis the season ,from now untill about December 20th ,the calls begin coming for those holiday parties,everything from the big lavish corporate events to the handful of office workers looking for a little something extra or even a family holiday get together. My personal preference is to always avoid anything with excess drinking and an open bar ,groups with lots small children ,and groups of less than 75 people. the first one is a no brainer ,drunker is not better,the more they ingest the worse the show becomes for obvious reasons.nothing more dissapointing than mixing alcohal with hypnosis,the two do not go together at all,one or two drinks is fine if you are a participant,other than that please do not insist you are ok to to be hypnotized and make an ass of yourself on stage by continueing to insist you are not drunk.The next one is easy ,take the kids to see Santa, get a clown or do some balloon twisting,there is always some idiot adult who thinks it will be fun for the kiddies to watch moms and dads get hypnotized at the family Xmas party,think again ,these tykes are not of age to comprehend what is taking place,and there is always a baby who breaks out in a full fit if crying in the middle of the induction .Last but not least any party with an audience of less than 75 people lets face it the hypnosis stage show should be just that A SHOW! not some half ass wannabe pretending to be a top shelf entertainer doing hyponsis in someones living room for a holiday party of eleven ladies ,or the break room of a law firm using a boom box for sound ,keep it professional.It is better to turn down a lowpaying gig for the sake of all the true stagehypnotists out there than to be a hypnowhore for a few bucks, and make the rest of us look like crap.The bottom line here is this, if you take cheap gigs you look cheap , dont work cheap ,or you get paid cheap,go out and act like a pro or don't go at all. Pick and choose your holiday parties carefully ,you'll be glad you did ,your reputation will thank you for it.Sometimes saying NO to a particular event is a lot better in the long run for you and the client,you will avoid the embarrassment of a less than good performance and an unhappy client whose expectation you did not live up to as a stagehypnotist. See you all next year
Friday, June 8, 2012
It's 11:30 and guess where I'm giong ,thats right off to do another high schoool grad night,75% of my high schools are repeat clients ,some as long as 16yrs. in a row,sure I'll get a few new ones every year ,and some will book once and not be heard from again, but for the most part my regulars contract on the same night before I walk out the door for the following year .so for that reason I have to keep coming up with new material ,the students change every year as well as the parents but it's still nice to keep things fresh and up to date,believe me the crowds needs to be able to relate to your material ,you can always count on some of the standard skits for a clean high school show ,we have all used them ,but try to present them using your personality put your own spin on it if you can.I have found by doing things a bit different my old clients are happy ,my new client get to see something different from the previous hypnotist they hired and I don't put myself into a repetative" here we go again " routine.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Well it's been some time since my last blog,almost a month,not much has happened just keeping up with work, it's high season with proms and grad nights for the next 7 weeks,this is when all the crazy calls come in,you know the ones looking for last minute entertainment because the guy they hired cancelled on them,or someone on the committee had an after thought about getting a hypnotist ,or some are still price shopping hopeing you will discount your fee.As I've stated in the past if you have never seen a stage hypnotist performance before ,the first person you see is always great because you have nothing to compare it to. and it is pretty hard to screw up a high school show,especially if you do the standard cookie cutter routines you just learned that everyone else is doing that they also learned in stagehypnosis class,but as time goes on the once great profession of being a fulltime stagehypnotist will go the way of the Dodo bird and males stripers, nearly extinct or part time weekend wonders st,of course a few will manage to rise to the top, but most will dangle on the edge. The competition isn't getting better it's gettting saturated ,and the once unqique skits now become mundane and repetative and worn and tired like an old shoe.and you can't keep beating a dead horse.I won't even get into stage presence or personality, we'll save that for later. As long as the public is willing to spend as little as possible for entertainment and expecting to get more for their dollar,and as long as you have people trying to make money telling people how to make money ,and performers willing to work for cheap to supplement thier income,eventually the once honorable profession of stagehypnotist will get a reputation of "if you've seen one you've see them all" move along folks nothing to worth watching here!
Saturday, April 21, 2012
I often wonder how some people who teach stage hypnosis can make that claim,It took me more than 3 days and a lot of hard work to get where I am now ,and twenty years later I still work hard to keep working, yet more and more so called experts and national organizations are running schools giving courses and selling instruction dvds touting how successful and profitable your life will be with all the extra money you'll be making if you take their course .They boast of traveling the country performing on the Queen Mary or some luxury resort ,doing shows and stop smoking seminars collecting back of the room sales from what? you guessed it more dvds. Lets be honest here ,how many of you out there are really full time fully insured stagehypnotists whos sole income is derived from performing,how many are working 2 to 3 nights a week or more, it ain't easy and as time goes on Hypnosis shows and StageHypnotists are going the way of the comedy industry back in the 80's everybody and his brother jumped on the band wagon and it's like Starbucks, one on every corner .Now everyone is an instructor, yeah you'll always get those extra calls for prom and grad nights but it's seasonal and if they have never seen a real stagehypnotist before it's like someone who 's been eating chopped sirloin they won't know the difference until they try a filet mignon .The trick here is to set yourself apart from all the others,kind of hard to do on the internet because anyone can make themselves look good on a website . What I'm getting at is this it take more than 3 days or week to become a true professional ,you need time and a lot of shows under your belt,any beginner with a little bit of know how can go do a high school, but it take a master to walk into a room or comedy club with less than a sellout crowd and put on a show ,They won't teach you that in hypnosis school!
Monday, April 9, 2012
When it comes to booking comedy hypnosis shows I find that most people have no idea what a really good hypnotist charges for a ninety minute performance ,I had a club owner in New Hampshire call 2 days ago wanting to book a show with a budget of $200.00 and a room capacity of 50 people.Now I'm sure they found some wannabe just staring out who will probably take that gig ,but I made sure I took the time to explain in detail to the club owner exactly what kind of performance he will get for his money.I'm not saying you'll get two grand and a crowd of 400 people everytime you go out the door and of course every client has a different budget ,but be realistic when booking ,if you're doing backyard parties for 30 or 40 people for a few extra bucks and they have never seen a hypnois demonstration ,ther're going to think WOW!then they go see a full production ,well the difference is night and day pick and choose, sometimes you're better of to politely decline than do a lousy show for low pay.