5 Tips to Help Improve Your Stage Presence

coGood stage presence helps music artists have long memorable careers. Here are some live performance tips for those who fear speaking in public or who just want to improve their live shows. Most of you know I began emceeing back in the early 80’s. I have been blessed to stand on many stages in my lifetime even before I knew what Hiphop was. I have always loved the art of emceeing whether it is written for a live performance or freestyle.

When it comes to live shows, the art and skill of emceeing helps people connect with you. Live shows put your face with the music. When they really like you, they call you back for more. This article is about what it takes to get them to call you back.

I call it Stage Presence.

Here are 5 tips to help you improve your stage presence:

– You must rehearse
– You must connect
– You must engage
– You must make a memorable entrance
– You must make a memorable exit

Let us look at each one separately:

1. You must rehearse

When people come to see you perform live,

10 Tips on How to Make it As a Variety Artist Entertainer


1) Get some training:

Although you cannot teach someone to be talented, you can hone skills that are already ingrained. So with that, research schools or private lessons on the type of variety artist you want to be such as a magician, Acrobat, contortionist, etc. Their is no need to spend thousands on so called ‘performers colleges’. Some of the best performers I have worked with never attended a ‘mega school’ for the arts. Instead, they simply had a good trainer. Trainers tend to cost a fraction of what an arts college costs and they are much more personable.

2) Do some public speaking:

Get practice in front of crowds even if it is not performance art. In other words, volunteer at the next function their is that requires someone to make a speech in front of an audience. The reason is that you need to get used to being in front of crowds. If you are used to public work when you start your art you will be more focused on your work and less focused on being nervous.

3) Different routines, different times:


5 Top Tips on Becoming a Professional Performer

iStock_000005084587SmallThis article is not going to be about marketing yourself or how to get gigs – there are hundreds of ways and it is far too complex a process for me to discuss in this brief article. What this article is going to focus on is some things you should consider when you first start out that will significantly improve your chances of being re-booked, recommended, and ultimately -successful.

Here are some useful tips for joining the world of professional performers for hire.

1) Get as much experience as possible

When you first start professional performing it is extremely important to get performing experience. If you have an opportunity to perform (even if it’s for free for a friend) you should take it. There is a world of difference in practicing your fire show or band act or dance routine on your own and performing it in front of a live crowd. The more you perform the better you will get at interacting with the crowd and putting on a good show (rather than just a showcase of talent).

2) Get involved with a variety of projects

There is

Tips on Writing a Movie Review

Writing a movie review is simple and fun. We all love to watch a good film and most of us would like to know what other people’s opinions are on a film before we waste a couple of hours of or lives watching something that we just don’t enjoy. So writing a review on that film you just watched will help another person to make a decision. I will show you some tips for writing a good film review.

We all have different perspectives on a film after watching it, and everyone will have an opinion on the movie they have just watched. Writing a review so that other people can see your opinion could be beneficial and also helps you get your feelings about the film off your chest.

If you’re interested in writing movie reviews for profit or just for fun you will find that it isn’t as difficult as you think. There are just a few steps to follow to share your opinions on the latest film.

You can catch up on the latest films in all manner of ways these days; you could easily purchase cheap DVDs online. The Amazon market place has a huge selection of movies to

Financing One Movie Production

It is an oblivious fact that money speaks volumes in each aspect of life and business, irrespective of those agreeing or disagreeing with this fact. Philosophies apart, arranging sufficient amount of money for one’s movie production influences everything ranging from hiring the crew members to the promotional expenditures for the movie in its post-production stages. Not every individual reaps gold even if their script is good enough for making successful movies. Finding the suitable financiers who are willing to co-operate and are inclined to support the movie production can be the making or the breaking point. It is a proved fact that there have been thousands of excellent stories which went back to the place from where they originated without nearing the silver screens just because of the lack of finance. In the process of movie production there are several hurdles which have to be handled before releasing the movie in theaters. It includes casting of the crew, their availabilities and cooperation in a pace with the directors and the producers. Few may be forced to face the copyrights or other legal problems and any other pitfalls during the movie production. Of all these, the biggest hurdle is when the

Some Movie Casting Tips

It is very important for aspiring performers to participate in as many good stage productions as possible. Not only will the experience be noteworthy on your resume as prior experience, but it will also get you noticed. It does not necessarily have to be high budget productions, but could be college, community or Equity-waiver or showcase-code productions. Showcase code or equity-waver productions is a legal term in the entertainment field, used for shows performed in theaters having ninety-nine seats or less. Union membership is not required purpose of these productions is not necessarily to get paid for performances, but to practice and showcase your craft. They offer a great opportunity to be seen by agents and casting directors.

Some acting schools and workshops showcase their students periodically, and it can serve aspiring performers well, since coaches and mentors may have contacts with agents and casting directors. The best choice with the most potential, could be a professional showcase. Screen Actors Guild (SAG) offers these showcases for their members. Some well known and reputable theaters that will present about 15 three-minute scenes during the lunch hour in industry people will normally invited. The audience is valuable to performers, because it gives industry

Movie Making Tips

If you are interested in movie making tips, there is a good chance that you have a lot of drive and ambition to make your production the best out there. However, when you are getting started, you’ll find that there are a lot of things that you can keep in mind, and if you are at a point where you are thinking about getting started, there are some facts that you should remember. For many people who don’t have a lot of backing or might be doing this in an amateur fashion, make sure that you think things through!

1. Watch lots of movies.
No matter what your chosen genre is, make sure that you watch plenty of it. Even if you are planning something totally new, take a look at similar examples of what you are trying to do. As many people will tell you, you need to know the rules before you can break them, so have a thorough understanding of the medium that you will be working on.

2. Think about your movie budget
There is a general truism that states, the more money you have to spend, the better your film will be. Now, you can probably think

2 Most Important Live Performance Tips

Very often musicians, artists and bands are oblivious to the basic rudiments of performing. In some cases they are so engrossed in the creativity and the art of music that they totally ignore the people they are supposed to be entertaining, to their detriment.

With live performance being an integral part of a musician’s income stream, more value must be placed on performance and on delivering an excellent performance, as this can drive sales to an incredible height.

One simply needs to look at the news papers or any music press to see the huge difference in ticket prices to see a performance by Madonna & Lady GaGa as opposed to the Joe Bloggs band down the road, with ticket prices ranging from hundreds of pounds to free entry! Your customers are paying for the “performance” song; therefore it is ridiculous not to invest appropriately in your performances especially as a band, artist, or musician where performing to an audience is part of your strategy for success.

The following tips will help you deliver quality performances:

1. Quick Setting Up: I went to see a new band recently in the West End of London. Unfortunately, I had a long wait to hear them as

Tips for Matching Event Entertainment to Corporate Guests

Planning an event entertainment can be one of the most daunting tasks ever. It requires a lot of creativity as well as knowledge of what the targeted audience enjoy most. The journey towards finding the most perfect and wonderful event performers should be treaded carefully to avoid little mistakes that may prevent it from being a success. Below are some of the greatest tips for matching to the corporate guests.

Look forward to finding best corporate entertainers

Most people in the corporate entertainment industry know that there is a distinction that should not be crossed in regards to entertainment content. It is therefore important to seek those individuals who have great reviews from other business clients. They should have a great experience in their stage performances.

Always ask for a preview of their entertainment videos

Most corporate entertainers normally have a clip that shows exactly what their performances look like. It is important to watch a preview of this and know the suitability and level of entertainment it will provide. By watching this tape, you can be sure of what to expect from the event entertainment. Through this tape, you can judge the people and know their level of dedication towards their entertainment careers.


7 Performance Mistakes Female Singers Make on Stage

In order to help you succeed in your singing career there are some novice mistakes you will want to avoid. Just being aware of them is often all it takes for you to make the necessary changes. Here is a list of 7 common mistakes vocalists make that make them look unprofessional.

Not knowing what the next song is going to be. There’s nothing worse than not knowing what the upcoming song is during a performance. Being unsure of your songlist creates discomfort in your audience and makes you appear unprofessional. Keep a songlist on a music stand or on the floor so when you finish a tune you can quickly introduce the next one. This practice makes you look confident and in command of your band.

Being unsure of how to direct a band. If you are the lead singer, you should be able to count the band in at the beginning of songs. You also need to be experienced in directing the band for song endings. Many female singers leave this to the drummer or some other musician in the band. Not all songs require a count in, but there are tunes where you should be the one to start.

2 Ultimate Weight Training and Cycling Performance Tips

There has been a long controversy on the benefits of weight training. The one big question that begs an answer to is: Is there a correlation between weight training and cycling performance?

My answer to this question is simply: YES! Just like running a marathon, cycling depends on the person’s endurance and power. In order to achieve power, one must do simple weight training exercises in order to increase endurance of their muscles, but NOT size.

Weight training should be done during when you are doing your base training. Your goal in this stage is to build an endurance base so you can bike anywhere form 50-100 miles. During this time, weight training is persons the most crucial because having a strong base where you are getting both weight training and endurance training can better you on your long cycling rides during the spring and summer seasons.

The first ultimate weight training and cycling performance tip is to not only focus on exercises that only just increase leg strength. This is perhaps the most important tip. I see too many cyclist just working on their calves when they should be working on other parts of their body in order to increase stamina and

Better Live Music Performance Tips

Live shows always present challenges to a band, but with the right attitude and planning it is very easy to pull off a great live show in a relaxed fashion that will help the audience enjoy the show. Here are some better live musical performance tips.

  • The first thing to do is have your equipment well organized. Generally when I play live I have all my stuff in my gig bag packed in such a way that the things on top are the things I will need first during my setup. To tell the truth this is easy to do – simply take some extra time after each performance to put things away in a neat organized fashion, in reverse order, then don’t use anything out of your gig bag until your next live show, which will hopefully be in a few days. When you are at your house generally you would not need a very elaborate setup just for simple practicing or songwriting etc. Just use the minimum, that way your gig bag is always packed with the things you need for the gig, because if you don’t touch your gig bag, then all of the things that you used

Short Film Making Tips

Short movies are becoming more popular nowadays. In the side of film makers, these kind of film are great since it is easier to make them and the production cost is also cheaper. Having said that, let me then share some short film making tips for you.

But before going into the short film making tips, let us first define it. When we say short film, we are referring to the movies that are relatively shorter than the normal two-hour movie. It can be 30 minutes or even one minute. While it is short, it must still have a complete story. That means it must still have an introduction, body, and conclusion.

1. Make a simple story

Since you will be making a short movie, just create a simple story. Don’t make a novel because the time might not contain it. Just focus on a single idea and let the story revolve around it.

2. Make anticipations

Don’t show everything from the beginning immediately. It’s good to place some suspense to let your audience anticipate on what will happen in the end. This will capture your viewers’ attention until the story reaches the climax.

3. Use few characters

I watched some short movies that are not so

Top Ten Tips for Booking Good Performers

Top ten tips for booking good performers Within the performing industry there is a problem facing many clients: “How do I know if the performers I’m booking are any good?” This is quite the conundrum – there are plenty of substandard performers out there, but obviously no one with any sense is going to sell themselves as anything but professional standard. Here are my top ten tips for ensuring that you don’t get ripped off when booking performers.

1) Make sure they have proper insurance documents

If you are looking to hire a performing artist then you should check they have proper insurance. In the UK many performers are insured as part of their membership to equity union. If you are booking a fire performer then they should also have additional insurance for using fire. If the entertainer cannot provide evidence of insurance then you should steer clear immediately.

2) Ask to see some videos

This is particularly important if you are booking very visual acts such as circus entertainers or fire performers. Any company worth their salt should have some good footage available – watch it carefully. If it is a promo video then often it won’t be a good indication of talent

Seven Tips to be a Memorable Speaker

1. Be different. Memorable speakers do not attempt to be one of the crowd. Memorable speakers set themselves apart – they stand out. They stand out with something they do or say, the way they present themselves or their material. One technique I use in my speeches is magic. A simple magic trick can easily drive home a point you want your audience to remember. Memorable speakers do not just stand in front of the audience and talk.

2. Remain positive. Regardless of the topic, memorable speakers remain positive. Memorable speakers consistently try to communicate a message of what TO do rather than what NOT to do. To be a memorable speaker spend more time in your speech giving your audience tips and techniques to help them get out of their rut or fix their problem rather than spend a lot of time telling them how they got into the situation. You can use the downside as a tool or a speaking point but focus the majority of your attention on the upside.

3. Be confident. As an experienced speaker I can tell you that it does take confidence to just make my to the podium, stage or microphone and start speaking.

7 Humor Tips for Conversation

Humor is an inexpensive, yet priceless tool in your relationship tool box. But, it is a tool that needs to be sharpened regularly! Here are 7 tips for sharpening your humor skills:

1. Use humor as a tool, not a weapon. The first rule of relationship-building humor: Do No Harm.

Laughter at someone else’s expense ruptures relationships. Sarcasm, ridicule and put-downs are hurtful humor. You can also hurt or offend by making comments on controversial or personal topics such as race, religion, sex, weight, appearance, etc. Even “good-natured” teasing can backfire, if the other person is not receptive. When my husband and I were dating, his efforts to connect with me by affectionately teasing were rewarded with a blank or confused look. My teasing-impaired younger self just didn’t get it.

Don’t laugh at others; laugh with others. Laughing with others brings people together and pokes fun at our common challenges.

2. Laugh at yourself. Laugh at yourself, or leave the job to others. If you can learn to laugh at yourself, you will never be short of humorous material.

Self-deprecating humor lowers the walls between yourself and others and can be disarming.

Comedian Rodney Dangerfield was best known for his self-deprecating humor in his stand up

Teach Kids How to Make Movies

Math teachers are important, knowledgeable people. But in most middle schools, math classes along with science, english and history, are not always the most popular among students. Imagine being the teacher for a class titled “Movie Making 101.” Your movie making class would most likely have a waiting list of kids wanting to sign up!

Today’s kids are well schooled in high tech toys and gadgets, especially computers, cell phones and video games. As a ‘movie making for kids’ teacher, you can provide them with the perfect platform where their technical skills can shine. And since movie making builds self esteem, is team oriented and highly creative, even the most technically immersed students will be able to express themselves with a movie script kids can make.

If you would like to teach movie making for kids through a class you hold through your recreation department, after school program, girl scout troop, or in your own elementary school classroom, here are several tips to help you become a Movie Director.

1. Class One: Get to know your “cast” – what their skills and talents are. Find out who is familiar with video cameras, video editing, acting, make-up, costumes. If anyone has special talents such

Tips on How to Review a Movie

A decent movie starts with a decent concept and a decent script. When reviewing a film these are the first two things that you need to look at. From here, all the other elements are inferior. Admittedly, it is hard to come up with something great on those two levels. Movie have already been created left and right. However, below are some pointers you need to watch out for if you want to review a movie.

The Concept
It all starts with a decent concept. This is what the movie is all about stripped of all the aesthetics. This should be said in one sentence. If you can’t explain what the movie is all about it one sentence, chances are, the movie has no direction and is unclear on what it intends to say.

The Thesis
It has to have a point, a message, a theme, a thesis or whatever you want to call it. As cliché as it may seem, the movie must have a point or a message that it wants to convey. It is often consistent with the concept. Some say that a good thesis must be said in one sentence. Anything longer than that, the movie is dead.


Tips to Prepare for Going to an Outdoor Movie

Summer is almost here, and, if you are lucky, that means it is time to enjoy outdoor movies under the stars. Whether you are headed to a movie in the park in your town, a church movie event, or even a backyard movie night, these tips will help you make the most of an outdoor movie night experience.

First, you will want to arrive early to the event. The movie will start around sundown, so plan to arrive between 30-45 minutes before then. Getting there early will allow time for parking and for securing a spot on the lawn with a great view of the inflatable movie screen.

After you arrive, be sure to use the bathroom before the movie experience begins. The venue might become crowded, making it difficult to make your way to the bathroom in the dark. Before the movie is also the time to think about movie snacks. It is a good idea to bring a snack and water with you. If you would like to purchase concessions at the venue, do so before the movie starts to avoid a long wait. There is always a long line for popcorn at the beginning of a movie.

You will want

Five Tips for Using Movies to Help Learn a New Language

Using Movies for Language Learning

Almost everyone loves movies. From action and adventure seekers to comedy or animated features to Romance and Westerns, there is a genre for you. You can follow the exploits of Indiana Jones and his search for ancient treasures or an odd couple of robots trekking their way through the galaxy. You can enjoy an emotional love story or split your sides laughing at a variety of antics by man or animals alike. You can also use movies to help learn a foreign language. Here are five tips to get you started.

Tip 1 Try Mimicking Select a character in the movie you identify with; the dashing, daring hero or the pretty, coquettish damsel in distress. Perhaps the supporting characters are more to your taste; the humorous side-kick, a brazen in-law or mischievous youngster. Pick one, then practice speaking their lines in a scene or segment from the movie. Be sure to imitate accent, tone and expressions as closely as you can.

Tip 2 Use a movie DVD The format most useful for you will likely be one which allows you to stop, start and repeat segments of the movie dialogue at will. If you don’t understand a sentence