Entertainment, the Smoke of Societal Inequality and Injustice

Entertainment, seemingly as tame as a lamb, is a villainous rogue that robs people of the justice and equality that they truly deserve. Though as innocent and beautiful as a child, it lulls the oppressed masses into a false, guileful sense of security; comfort; and well-being. Entertainment, quite often, is the emollient that soothes the ever-burning, acheful wounds in the human soul; gaffing society’s masses into believing that all is well. And more often than not; it blocks critical, constructive thought so vital for the engenderment of long needed change. Society’s masses, lulled into the deep sleep of false entertainment, are condemned to the musty barracks of poverty and a mendacious sense of security. Dancing in the lanes that the world’s heartless billionaires have painted for them; society’s brainwashed, beguiled masses pitch their tents beneath the shadow of pauperdom and woe. Their world; riddled with sham, make belief, and falsehood; is a strange, yawning prison that houses poverty’s and injustice’s impressionable lambs whose minds are carbon copies of the wishes of the rich. Entertainment is the “Haves” brainwashing tool of choice; it predisposes people to accepting less than they are worth and leaves unjust societies unchanged. Entertainment is the fruit of a society whose masses believe is doing well; when, in fact, it is a society where radical overhaul has been long overdue. The interminable stream of false entertainment flows like urban commuter trains: Their arrival time is so predictable; all one has to do is just stand there and wait a few minutes-one goes by, and another soon follows behind it. And so are the interminable stream of lies that flow through the umbrous cave of human society: They come one after another-The Lakers’ Championship Game, the Angels and he Red Socks Match-up, the Meriwether-Chavez Championship Fight, the new Harry Potter movie, the London 2012 Olympics, the New Orleans Mardi Gras Celebration, the Beyoncé Concert at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, the Dunedin Winter Carnival, and on and on and on; drowning society’s misinformed masses in a cruel, implacable flood of distractions. When it is not the Super Bowl Foot Ball Extravaganza, it is the Hornets and the Rockets; and when it is not that, it is a must-see Brad Pitt movie or the Michael Jackson Murder Trial. These empty, vain distractions blind society’s masses from being able to notice what is really happening around them; and one day, they wake up living on the streets and unable to feed or cloth themselves and their families. What a messy, sorrowful plight to which society’s masses have been condemned.

While entertainment; in and of itself, is not intrinsically harmful to healthy, well-balanced human beings; the kind of entertainment produced in this world is inherently false because it contains the virulent seeds of human destruction. For the most part, the bulk of the entertainment events produced by society’s power brokers and societal engineers are slick, insidiously assembled fairy tales. These feel-good stories are exquisitely and ingeniously thought out and assembled to keep society’s masses satisfied with a lot that is otherwise unsatisfactory. These fairytales are beautiful worlds to which society’s framers take otherwise busted and disgusted human beings. For example, one might reason, “Hey, things are not that good with me right not; but, at least, I can go and see a Tom Cruise movie, work the Wall Street Stock Market, or go to Las Vegas over the week end. Things are going to come around for me. I can always go back to school, even though the cost of education has skyrocketed over the past twenty or so years.” The fairytale of secular entertainment blocks people from being able to grasp the broader picture of the rich enslaving and ruling over the poor in American society and being willing and able to do something about it. The ultimate fact is: The fairytale of false entertainment in American society is a lie, but it is one that is hidden in a haystack. Society’s masses must first be shown that they are all blind, internalize that seemingly heretical fact, and begin looking for an opthamologist to fix things for them. Once they recognize that they are blind and take appropriate actions, they must then begin to dig into the gold mine of themselves to determine what their natural intelligence is. This-and only this-will set them on the path of true success. It is only then that the poisonous influence of false entertainment would begin to become apparent and be destroyed forever.

In the light of these solemn, sober comments; secular entertainment in America-and just about everywhere else in the world-is evil and destructive. It blinds society’s masses to the truth about what is really wrong with the world itself. As it turns out, it is not that the American business machine is inherently evil or anymore corrupt than anywhere else in the world; it is just that the world is wired to create inequality, injustice, and imbalance-and false entertainment blinds society to the truth about what is really wrong with the world itself. The stark, sour upshot of this whole analysis is that something is wrong with the world, and the “Haves” are paid exorbitant sums of money to slide a hand and cover it up. The handful of billionaires who run this world use various forms of entertainment distractions to veil the gaping wounds and epispastic bruises that society’s masses carry day after day. Isn’t it interesting that politician after politician steps on the stage of society and almost never mutters a word about the ever-widening gap between the “Haves” and the “Have-Nots.” They may brush over it in passing, but they will never make it a major platform issue of their campaign. Why? It is because they belong to the inner circle of the secret that this whole world is a lie-a carefully told lie which movie-going fans would think that you are crazy if you ever mentioned it to them. The slick politicians already know that the world is a lie and that they cannot change it: They may tinker with it, but they know that they cannot change it; but society’s sassy movie-going enthusiasts are not privy to that information. They live in the shadow of deceit-and they die there, too. There is nothing as soothing and placating as a good movie or Super Bowl game; but you see: The billionaires who put on those elaborate, serpentine distractions know exactly what to cook up for their stooges and slaves. It is kind of interesting when sports stars are paid millions of dollars per year; and teachers, a paltry salary that can hardly feed them and their families. And, paradoxically, no one seems to see anything wrong with that: Their eyes were not made to see those things; or may be, they are not even in control of their own vision! Their eyes were only meant to see the new Harry Potter movie or the Meriwether-Chaves Championship Fight! But why are sports stars paid so much money? It is because the lie in the world must create a parody that ensures maximum human suffering: And those who create that travesty of justice are paid plump, handsome salaries passed to them from someone behind the quaint door of mystery.

The world is filled with mystery-and some things just boggle the mind. A regional basket team wins the National Basket Ball Championship and their impassioned fans tear up the city, uprooting mail boxes and tossing them into streets. Does this, at least, tell us that there is more to sports than what we see with our naked eyes and what we have been told it really is? Does any of this tell us that there is more to what we see and wish to believe? But again; people, lost in the smoke of false societal entertainment put on by billionaires; refuse to open their own eyes and see for themselves what is really going on in these massive entertainment extravaganzas. Football players are paid millions of dollars to break up their own bones, crack their skulls, and damage their brains before millions of screaming fans whose eyes gaze at the wrong thing. They gape at the iron wheel of brawn crashing into the delicate, frail frame of a bad human experience. What they do not see are human beings ground up in the grillwork of evil. Years later, many football players wind up becoming vegetables; and. quite often, all this begins to take its toll well before they are fifty years old. Oh how sad; strapping, hulking athletic hunks are turned into zombies and vegetables, sacrificed to the idols of false gods. And by the time they open their own eyes; it is too late, and the damage is irreversible. In this regard, it is quite evident that something or someone else out there is thinking for Super Bowl fans, for Americans, for English people, for French people-and for people all over the world for that matter. All these mysterious episodes and occurrences are repeatedly saying the same thing: Deaf and blind people can neither hear nor see! Oh what a piteous plight in which society’s masses find themselves; lost in the spinning smoke of rich people’s cruel pranks and funny games! Something is wrong with the world, but the rich cover it up day after day after day. The distraction of false, societal entertainment interferes with people’s ability to connect the dots in their world; and, for as much as such entertainment is the handiwork of the rich, they only cook up stuff that protects their own interest and well-being.

The slick, insidious lie of vain, empty entertainment from the guileful school of earth-conscious living ensnares man into thinking that the bogus system, with which he is confronted here in this world, is the only system that exists-and the only one that there will ever be. The fodder for that kind of thinking is derived from whatever interferes with the normal human process of thought and appropriate action. Such fodder is obtained from false societal entertainment: And such entertainment and the kind of reasoning behind it are all lies. They are lies because the world itself is woven from the fabric of lies; but the masses’ ability to perceive this truth is blocked. The world is a carefully told lie that ties human beings to a place where they can neither see nor hear, and one to which they do not belong; but again, that truth is blocked, too. And the fact that earthly is a strange funeral is blocked as well: Even the power brokers and societal architects themselves fail to assimilate the idea of the clearly defined shelf life of their own existence on the earth; accordingly, they wind up deceiving their own selves even while they brainwash and trick all the rest of society. By the time most of society’s masses wake up to the truth that they were all born rich with incredible natural intelligence ( skills, gifts, and talents), and that there was a shelf life to the wealth they were born to enjoy on this earth; they have long been removed from the false, brawling arena of earthly life. False societal entertainment not only programs people to accepting a fake destiny; it orients society around an insular, phony, earth-bound eternity-one that never ever materializes! The notion of life as an entirely earthly phenomenon is well received and understood by society’s masses-and that is just about all that they are told. Earthly life is all there is to human existence-and oh, how believable that lie seems; but just a casual glance at the architecture of the earth itself whispers to any well-meaning, honest observer that there is an intelligent mind of order behind the sprawling, cosmic landscape of the earth and the universe; and that, at some point in the future, a settling-up day is coming-a day to settle all scores, so to speak! Most people in the world do sense that there is more to life than what rich people tell them through society’s various socialization agencies and, in particular, through modern science’s evolution and big bang theories. If the provincial view, that earthly life is just about all there is to everything, is true; it’s kind of funny when evening after evening news telecast reads like long-shot Bible prophesies, far removed from the contents of what modern science and the media have been affirming to be true.

In sum, secular entertainment is false, not because entertainment itself is inherently false; but because the world is false and whatever it produces is stained with that fundamental blotch of falsehood. Secular entertainment’s falsehood distracts people from seeing what is really wrong with them and the world around them. Society’s masses, by virtue of intoxication with false entertainment, are told a lie that never allows them to realize and utilize the gold mine of the natural intelligence (gifts, talents, and skills) with which they were born. Society’s guileful, vulpine brainwashing machine of mendacious socialization; false, deceitful science; and empty, bogus entertainment robs the earth’s masses of their inalienable rights. Yes, it strips ordinary people of their unforfeitable right to wealth, justice, liberty, life, and the pursuit of happiness in this world and life forever in the next one on the other end of the fast-approaching night. Societal entertainment is a two-edged sword of human doom: It coaxes society’s masses into accepting their lot of mediocrity from their rich slave masters. It also blocks their view of a broader understanding of human equality and justice in a transcendental world that operates on a higher plane of existence, free from greed and guile. Thus, false secular entertainment is the smoke of human folly that obfuscates the minds of society’s masses and distracts them from realizing their full potentials and true purpose in this world; and ultimately, a richer and fuller life in the world that operates on, and presides over, a grander and broader scheme of things.

In this gripping, unsettling article; this writer presents some uncomfortable truths about how the world works; using the seemingly tame, innocent concept of entertainment. While he understands that, on the surface, entertainment is not intrinsically deleterious to anyone; he looks beyond the brawling façade of how it is perceived in Western societies (as an innately good, wholesome thing as oppose to the purpose for which it is used). As the saying goes, truth is stranger than fiction; nowhere is this adage truer than when It comes to human beings. And, as it turns out, the world is not what it appears to be. A mere glance at things today dis-curtains a world that is rapidly falling apart. The world is undergoing massive change overload and laboring under the distressful birth pains of unprecedented sorrow. The dramatic surge of global change has left scores of societies behind and billions of people on edge. The perceived onrush of fast-approaching global catastrophe hovers everywhere in the air. Many, filled with fright and chagrin, view the world smack in the tracks of apocalyptic tempests. The gathering clouds of doom are everywhere; they reflect the scene of a catastrophic, Category five storm; bursting forth in the distance and hissing at the world of man. Protest after protest, like airplanes lined up on a sprawling runway; erupts one after another all over the world. They are the war games between the “Haves” and the “Have Nots” and serve to remind the world that the French Revolution’s philosophies are back; only that this time, the sanguinary anarchy will engulf the whole world! And who will be able to escape that frightening, inescapable nightmare that consumed French aristocracy towards the end of the eighteenth century! Consult my website http://crashingstreamsofchange.com for more world turmoil action.

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Tips On Booking The Best Entertainment Talent Agency

When you host an event, particularly a business event, you want to make sure that you not only have the tasks associated with the business or core purpose of the event arranged to ensure success, but you also want to make sure that you have the best and most appropriate entertainment that your guests will enjoy. If you are having a difficult time trying to decide the best type of entertainment and where to secure the entertainment, you will greatly benefit from booking your entertainment using the services of an entertainment talent agency.

Booking the best entertainment agency means you will have the ability to select the entertainment for your event from a variety of different types of entertainment. When you book the best entertainment talent agency, you will be able to choose from such entertainers as: comedians, bands, musical tribute entertainers, celebrity impersonators, DJs, and more. The best entertainment agency will offer a variety of entertainers of different types and will assist you with choosing the best entertainment that blends well with your specific event.

Booking an entertainment agency is easy when you search the internet. When you look for an agency on the internet, you will be able to browse various entertainment agencies and review the services and types of entertainers they offer. You will get an idea of the costs and you will have their contact information so you can call or email them about the details of your event. They will then respond and provide you with more details about their agency and services and how they can help you.

The best entertainment agency will be easy to work with and understand your specific needs. They will listen to your wishes regarding your event and provide you with suggestions about the type of entertainment your specific guests will enjoy. The agency will also be more than willing to answer all of your questions and provide you with a price estimate. You can ask for references as well as find out how long they have been in the entertainment talent agency business. Also, when discussing your event, it is important to tell them your location so they can find the right entertainment for that particular event such as a big convention room, auditorium, or a smaller office type space. The best talent agency will provide the right entertainment to fit the theme of the event such as providing a comedian that delivers a clean non profanity comedic presentation. Understanding your guests is essential to getting the right entertainment for your event.

An entertainment talent agency can really help you get the right entertainment for your event. They can advise on the best entertainment that integrates well with the event, will help to rejuvenate attendees, and make the entire event much more enjoyable and memorable for the guests. When you hire an entertainment talent agency for your event, it will help ensure that the entertainment that you book makes the event a success. If you require entertainment services for your next event, consider booking an entertainment talent agency.

Trying to find corporate entertainment Toronto? Browse from an impressive roster of keynote speakers, motivational speakers, comedians and more at Corporateentertainers.ca !

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How to Choose the Right Corporate Entertainer for Your Corporate Event Entertainment

You have everything set for your employee appreciation event or customer appreciation event. Your CEO introduces the entertainment for the evening and then, slowly, everything comes crashing to a halt. Instead of the laughter and applause that you hoped to hear, you hear silence and heavy sighs. The talent, which you thought was the perfect corporate entertainer for your group, panics and starts insulting the audience. You slowly slink down into your chair and wonder if your resume is up-to-date.

As Maya Angelou once said, “People will forget what you said and forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” While the food may be great and the room looks beautiful, these will be quickly forgotten. What your group won’t forget is how miserable they felt watching the entertainer you chose to add some “fun” and excitement” to your event. It’s odd that, sometimes, an events manager will spend months on planning certain aspects of an event – food, hotel, decorations, etc – but wait to the last minute to book the proper corporate event entertainment.

Here are a few corporate event entertainment ideas that will help you to make the right choice of a corporate entertainer for your next meeting or event.

1) Hit Your Homework – Stop relying on a speaker’s agency or entertainment agency to always book your talent. Many leading corporate entertainers don’t necessarily work with agents and, therefore, you can miss out on some great talent. While agents can be a good source for talent, they are not the only way to go. Don’t think that just because a corporate entertainer is on the agent’s roster that the agent has actually worked with that talent. Should you be willing to “broaden your options,” do a Google search for terms like funny motivational speaker or entertaining motivational speaker. Here you will find many corporate entertainers that can help you add the “WOW” factor to your event.

2) Delve into the Demos – Once you have chosen an entertainer or two, carefully watch the talent’s demo and see if he/she is a good fit for your group. This is the fastest way to confirm that the particular entertainer will work for you and saves you time – because if you don’t like the video, you can quickly move on to your next candidate. While watching the demo, see if the talent has worked for similar groups. Notice the demographics of the group. Does the video reveal crowd reactions? Is the laughter and applause real or is it canned? Are there multiple performance clips or is the video mostly one performance? Did the corporate entertainer receive multiple standing ovations or just one?

3) Survey the Site – If you like the demo, peruse the talent’s site to see exactly what type of corporate entertainment he/she provides. Observe if the corporate entertainer has a number of program options. Additionally, look at the companies for which the talent has worked and then read those company’s testimonials. Many corporate entertainers flash logos of companies on their site; however, when checking for testimonials from those companies on the talent’s site, those testimonials may not be present. If a talent is showing a logo of a company, it delivers the assumption that he/she has worked with that company and, therefore, logically, the talent should have a testimonial to back up that claim. If they don’t, then what should you assume?

4) Testimonials are Tops – Video testimonials have taken the place of referrals. Instead of having to call someone to get a referral on a talent, a video testimonial will tell you everything you need to know. What you should look for in a video testimonial is who is giving the testimonial and what they said. The testimonial should be from the person who booked the talent and – for corporate event entertainment – that should be from an events manager, marketing or sales executive or higher. Audience member testimonials are fine; however, you want to hear from someone in corporate who actually booked the talent. Since most corporate entertainers who are good at their job have been doing it for some time, the written testimonials will, undoubtedly, outweigh those on video. However, there should be enough video testimonials to provide you with solid information as to the quality of the service you can expect from the entertainer.

5) Talk to the Talent – Once you have accessed that a particular corporate entertainer may be perfect for your employee appreciation event or client appreciation event, then contact the talent directly. A few minutes on the phone will shed some light on how well the talent will not only work for your group, but also work with you. As with all events, flexibility is the key. If your talent has too many demands or needs, then you may need to look elsewhere. After all, you are dealing with the demands and needs of your group and your executives. You don’t need a “needy” entertainer, as well. During your call discuss fees, staging requirements and, most importantly, how the entertainer can help you add the “WOW” factor to your event.

Bottom line: Taking the time to find the right corporate entertainer for your corporate event entertainment does require “time.” However, event managers take the time to: plan multiple site visits; make copious calls to hotel catering; agonize over decorations, strategize hotel bookings and loads more to make sure the event is a success. Don’t let your decision for your corporate event entertainment be one of the last things you do, and don’t always leave it up to one source. Remember, your group probably won’t remember exactly what they ate or the details of the decorations on the table, but they will never forget how miserable they felt watching a lousy corporate entertainer.

These are just a few corporate event entertainment ideas that will allow you to provide the right type of entertainment at your next meeting. View my corporate entertainer site to find out what I provide or my corporate event entertainment site.

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10 Tips for Booking Entertainment for a Corporate Event

Finding entertainment for a corporate convention, holiday party or conference can seem like a overwhelming task. There are literally thousands of excellent, good, and down right horrible corporate entertainers available. This list will give you some advice on how to narrow down your search and find entertainment that will help make your event a success!

#10 – PLAN EARLY. The most popular corporate entertainers book up very quickly for popular dates. During the corporate holiday party season (Nov-Jan), entertainers can begin to book up over a year in advance. Avoid disappointment and start looking for entertainment as soon as you know the date of your corporate event.

#9 – KNOW WHAT YOU WANT (AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHAT YOUR AUDIENCE WANTS). You can make your search for an entertainer easier if you have an idea of the type of entertainment that would work well for your group. Popular corporate entertainment includes:

COMEDY – Comedy acts can be a great way to get your group laughing together. Comedy acts don’t have to be just stand-up comedians. Many corporate comedy acts blend magic, juggling, or other variety performances into their comedy show. This variety helps insure that there is something for everyone in the performance.

No matter what type of comedy act your choose, be sure that the comedy is going to be appropriate for your group. Many comedians have different ideas on what “clean comedy” is, so be sure to ask for a demo video to preview the show (see #1 below!)

MUSIC – Many headline singers and bands are available for corporate events.

MAGIC – There are many different styles of corporate magicians and corporate magic shows. Some magicians offer strolling magic (going table to table at your event), some perform large illusion show with special effects and a cast of dancers, others specialize in comedy magic that gets your audience laughing in involved. Whatever styles of corporate entertainment you are looking for, be sure to find a magician who specializes in only that style. There are magicians you will tell you that they do everything – illusions, comedy, strolling, but that is because they are not proficient at any specific style, so all their shows are usually only mediocre. For the best possible show, hire a professional corporate magician who specializes in one style of magic. These performers will be the best in their field in illusion, comedy, or sleight-of-hand because that is all they do.

HYPNOSIS – Hypnotists can be great for the right group. Hypnotist shows are very interactive and require a very outgoing and uninhibited group to really be successful.

#8 – BOOK DIRECTLY WITH THE ENTERTAINER TO SAVE MONEY AND HEADACHES. If you book your corporate entertainment directly through the entertainer, you will save money on entertainment. Most corporate entertainment agencies add an additional 15-35% to an entertainer’s fee. By booking a corporate entertainer direct, you also have the convenience of being able to talk with the entertainer (or their office staff) about any questions or concerns. Most corporate entertainment agencies will not let you talk with the entertainer until the day of the show. By booking direct, you can be guaranteed that there are no miscommunications about the performance. You can find direct contact information for entertainers by doing an internet search for “corporate entertainers”, “california comedian”, etc.

#7 – PLAN A REALISTIC BUDGET. The old adage, “you get what you pay for”, applies to entertainment as well. The entertainment is not a place to save a few dollars. You would never cut corners on the food you would feed your guests, and should never cut corners on the entertainment. Bad entertainment can ruin an event just as quickly as bad food. You are not going to be able to get a GOOD quality corporate entertainer to do a show for $400. Fees for a TOP QUALITY, professional corporate entertainer will range from $1500 – $100,000 + depending on the size of the show and the performer’s experience and reputation.

#6 – KNOW THE PERFORMER’S EXPERIENCE. You want a corporate entertainer who primarily entertainers for corporate audiences. Don’t be afraid to ask questions… Is the performer a full-time entertainer? Have they performed at events like yours in the past? Do they have letters of recommendation and reviews from past clients for you to read?

#5 – IF YOU HAVE A SPECIAL REQUEST….ASK! Many entertainers are happy to customize part of their performance for your event. If you have a special request in mind, be sure to discuss this with the performer at the time of booking.

#4 – DISCUSS SET-UP REQUIREMENTS BEFORE BOOKING. Set-up need for entertainers vary greatly. Some can perform in the corner of a room with just a microphone, some need a minimum stage area and special sound and lighting equipment. Be sure that your venue will be able to meet your entertainer’s set-up needs prior to booking.

#3 – LEAVE YOUR GUESTS WANTING MORE. 90 minutes of entertainment may sound like a great idea when you are planning your corporate event, but most audiences do not want to sit through a 90 minute show. A longer show does NOT equal better show. Even the TOP comedians and entertainers in the WORLD (Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, etc) only perform 60-75 minute shows. Professional entertainers and corporate event planners agree that a good length for most corporate live entertainment is 35-50 minutes. It is always better to leave your audience excited and wanting more…rather than having them get tired and start looking at the watch.

#2- KNOW WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE FEE. There are travel expenses associated with hiring national entertainers for your corporate party. Many entertainers include the travel expenses into their performance fee and for some travel will be an additional expense. Be sure to know what is included in the fee you are quoted to avoid any unexpected (and potentially expensive!) surprises.

#1 – MOST IMPORTANTLY – ALWAYS ASK TO SEE A DEMO VIDEO. A demo video is the only way you can truly judge whether a corporate entertainer will be right for your company party. The demo video should be short highlights of the segments of an entertainer’s show. The video should be filmed in front of a live audience so you can see how a real audience reacts to the show. If an entertainer’s video is nothing but split-second clips and flashy graphics set to music, then they are probably trying to cover for an inadequate performance – or worse, it could mean that they have NEVER even performed in front of a real audience.

RECOMMENDED CORPORATE ENTERTAINERS:

http://www.chrislinn.com – AMERICA’S MAGICAL FUNNYMAN, Chris Linn has a high-energy show that is a blend of CLEAN comedy, magic, and audience interaction. Named a “best bet” for corporate entertainment by MSNBC.

http://www.jimgaffigan.com – Jim is a nationally recognized stand-up comedian who is known for his clean comedy. He regularly appears on Conan O’Brien and has made numerous appearances on Comedy Central.

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How To Hire Entertainers – A Guide to Hiring Entertainment for Company and Private Parties

A Word About Agents

In the article ‘How to Plan a Banquet,’ we included a limited discussion about entertainment, and our basic advice was to hire a competent talent agent who specializes in “casuals,” which means one-day or one-night events, such as parties, weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and other
fun events.

Some agents represent actors and actresses, and unless they have a department that handles variety acts and bands, they would be of no help to you.

Some other agents handle only major attractions and celebrities, and unless you’re working with a serious budget, they won’t be able to help you get a band for Aunt Sarah’s 50th anniversary party.

A variety agent is able to help you get that close-up magician, band, and sometimes even name entertainers like Reba McEntire or The Temptations. Those that specialize in variety entertainment are sometimes called “full-service” agencies.

How do you tell who is a competent agent? That’s a good question, because if you asked an agent if he’s competent he’d be a fool to say anything but “Of course!”

Having been in the entertainment business for over forty years, I’ve seen a lot of people set up shop as agents. Some last, some don’t.

A huge percentage of my business comes from people who either have used my services before or were referred by someone who has used my services.

Finding Talent

Finding your own entertainment can be fun. I have spent years watching other acts, bands and attractions, and I never fail to enjoy it.

The internet or the Yellow Pages are a good starting place. Try using a search engine to find what you’re looking for. You’ll find listings in the Yellow Pages under entertainers, party planners, entertainment bureaus, and maybe some other categories.

Try a search for something like “bands in los angeles” or “juggler orange county” or whatever is appropriate. See what you come up with.

Beware that a beautiful website may not mean the best entertainer. Many website are not built by the entertainer and even it is, a nice-looking website does not translate to great entertainment.

Referrals from friends might be useful to you if you follow the reviewing procedures outlined below.

Watch your local newspaper for entertainers that are scheduled to appear for other groups in your area, and make it a point to catch their acts if possible. Of course, if you start going to other events, you’ll see some poor entertainment, too. (I guess it holds true that you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince!) But even that can be helpful, if you are observant and make a note of what made the act good or bad.

Reviewing An Act/Band

If you’re not working with an agent, you will need to review the act yourself. There are three methods of reviewing an act: You can (1) go see the act perform live, (2) watch a video of the act, or (3) have the act come audition for you.

By far the best way is to see the act perform under roughly the same set of circumstances as your event. Seeing people perform in Las Vegas to a night-club crowd does not mean they’ll be able to perform for little Gloria’s 10th birthday party (or vice versa).

The problem with going to see live performances is that it is certainly very time consuming, and you will only be able to see a limited number of contenders before it’s time to make a decision. But on the other hand, think of the fun you’ll have!

Watching DVDs is an excellent method, as you can cover a lot of ground in an evening. Unfortunately, not all acts have DVDs or videos, and it would be a shame to eliminate a topnotch act just because they could not supply one.

Another BIG problem with video is that many acts supply a short, edited version of their act. This can be very deceptive. When reviewing an act by video, I always insist on (but don’t always get) an unedited version of the show. I never hire an act based on an edited video. I’ve heard of instances where an act was hired because they had a very powerful video, only to find that in their entire show, the only part that was any good was those few minutes on the video.

Don’t be overly impressed by a DVD or video of a movie appearance, guest spot on a TV show, or commercial. That still does not mean they can do the job you want them for.

Unless you’re an agent, you can just about forget about having the act audition for you. Maybe an act will drop off literature. In the case of a magician, mime, or similar variety act, you may receive a short demonstration. However, this small segment along with its glib pitch can be very deceiving.

Don’t take chances; be sure of what you’re buying!

When you talk to an entertainer on the phone, ask him to send his “press kit” or literature and a DVD or video tape.

Most variety acts will have printed literature or a complete press kit (which includes a photo, biographical information, letters of recommendation and references or list of past performances).

Please don’t be taken in by good printed material. Usually, but not always, you can get a pretty good idea of their level of professionalism by the materials they send you.

I do know some really great acts that work all the time and have virtually nothing in the way of printed materials. Of course I’ve also seen some really outstanding printed materials but was disappointed when I saw the act. I have a band that I send out to a lot of small weddings and installation banquets, and it took me almost a year to get a photo from them. (I’m still hoping to get a song list some day.) I’ve got another band that is absolutely tops in promotional material and their band is absolutely tops, too!

Some performers no longer use paper press kits but instead prefer an electronic press kit either contained on a DVD they send you or simply up on their website. That’s fine. It’s certainly a more contemporary method of promoting one’s self.

Arrangements

It’s important, once you’ve decided what entertainers or band you’re going to hire, that arrangements be made clearly and in writing. I’ve enclosed a sample letter you may wish to use. Some entertainers have their own contracts, but many do not, making it necessary for you to put everything down on paper and send it to the entertainer. I’m not a lawyer so I don’t know how enforceable the letter is, but at least you have the information down on paper and you both understand and agree to the terms.

If I’m serving as Agent, I fill out a contract based on our conversations, and then forward it to my client for a signature. I try to collect as much information as I can about the event so that I can prevent any surprises. The entertainers also receive a binding contract.

By the way, this might be a good place to mention that talent agents are like travel agents in that they don’t charge you for their services, but instead charge the entertainers. The agent is really looking out for your interests and can draw from countless entertainers and bands, being reasonably familiar with what each act does. There is an internet subscription service that lists thousands of entertainers, who their personal manager is (if any), and/or how to reach them. All entertainers are available to a full-service agent, rather than just a handful of acts that the agent has been able to put together.

When making your arrangements with entertainers make sure that you discuss everything:

  1. Location. Best to send the act a map.
  2. Date of performance.
  3. Time and duration of performance. Bands usually work 4 hours, with a 10-15 minute break each hour. Talk to them about their breaks and how much overtime will cost. Some bands supply recorded music during their breaks.
  4. Put the fee down in writing. I would hesitate to pay the act a deposit, although some entertainers and bands require it. I’m a licensed agent, so an act knows that once I send the contract their pay is guaranteed. Both you and the entertainer are acting on a trust not yet demonstrated. The entertainer wonders if he’ll get paid, and you wonder if he’ll show up! It’s the only system we have.
  5. Method of payment. Acts always expect to be paid in full following the performance. If any other arrangements are to be made, please not only discuss it with them, but put it in your letter of agreement.
  6. An act will want to know your time schedule… what time is the cocktail hour, dinner, etc. and this brings up an interesting subject: feeding the act. Usually, if you have only one individual doing a show after dinner (e.g. a magician or a singer), you should invite him to join your group for dinner. However, it would not be expected of you to feed the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Even bands are seldom fed. If you use the band for the cocktail hour, during dinner, and then have them take a break while you give out awards or conduct other business, then
  7. it would be appropriate to feed them during that hour. It’s not mandatory, however. (Keep in mind that a meal is a nice consolation for the act if they are giving you a special break on the fee.)
  8. Who supplies the public address system? Bands usually have their own equipment; other acts may not. A guitar player who sings may require two microphones. Four singers might require microphones and expect you to supply them. If you’re at a hotel or other banquet facility, you may be able to get everything you need from them. Extensive sound systems will have to come from a professional sound company. Make sure you discuss this with your performer and put it in writing.
  9. Lighting. Again, your facility may have what you need. Spotlights with an operator can be rented for around $350. Big concerts will require the services of a professional lighting company.
  10. Stage? A banquet of fewer than 50 people may not even need risers, but when you start getting up in the numbers, you’ll need to get your entertainers up to where the audience can see them. A catering facility or hotel will usually have 4′ x 8′ risers at various heights so that you can build a platform or stage for your entertainment.
  11. Is it outdoors? What if it rains? You should really specify what you will do. Will you then hold it indoors? The act or entertainer has blocked out that day for you and perhaps turned down other work. They are really entitled to their fee even if the program is rained out, unless you’ve made other arrangements.
  12. Seating. It’s very difficult for an entertainer to have a dance floor between himself and the audience. If you’re having a dance after a comedian or other entertainer, talk with the act about how close the seats or tables need to be. Maybe he/she can work on the dance floor.
  13. Does the act need a place to change clothes or set up equipment?
  14. Does the act sell albums or other merchandise at the performance? Some musical acts offer albums after the show. Is this all right with you?
  15. Parking and unloading. How nice it is for an entertainer to pull up in front of the YMCA and find a sign “Reserved for Entertainer.” You can’t always do that, but remember that some acts have a lot to carry in. If the only parking available costs money, you should reimburse the entertainers. Talk about it and include your decision in your letter of agreement.

There are plenty of things to inquire about. Take time to picture in your mind exactly how things will be. If there is a question in your mind about anything, ask. Ask the hotel, the band, the act, the agent.

Conclusion

Well, really, that was easy. Just spend months looking at acts and days negotiating and a few weeks wondering if you blew it. (Or give a call to a competent talent agent and let him worry about the hard stuff!)

Perhaps a good rule to remember is “You get what you pay for.” A friend called me and wanted Mariachis for a Church Mexican Fiesta. I quoted him a price for five Mariachis for two hours, but he went out and hired his own for less. He called me up later just sick about it. He had called a group advertised somewhere and got a low price…and low quality. It’s not a new story.

Don’t look for the lowest price; look for quality. If you can’t afford top quality, it’s probably better not to have entertainment at all rather than to hire an act that makes you and everyone else squirm in their seats.

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Sample Letters

PRINCESS WANTA COMPANY

Makers Of The Unbreakable Widget

1842 Los Albany Street, Los Angeles, CA 90023

312/555-2345

February 31, 2009

Freddy the Magic Man

1234 Count Me Out Street

Pasadena, California 93345

Dear Mr. Magic Man:

This is to confirm our arrangements for you to entertain at our annual installation banquet to be held October 32, 2009 at the Rancho Cucamonga Holiday Hotel, 2345 Hotel Ave., Cucamonga,
California.

The banquet will begin with the cocktail hour from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at which time we will sit down for dinner. We would be delighted if you would join us. Please let us know if you would prefer the fish or the steak.

We have a deejay who will provide you with a microphone on a microphone stand and the hotel has arranged to put up a 8′ wide by 6′ deep by 2′ high platform, with stairs at one end, for you to perform on. Your 30 minute performance of comedy and magic should begin after dinner, approximately 8:15pm. I will have a $750 check ready for you at the conclusion of your performance. Please also bring me your parking ticket for full validation.

Please sign a copy of this letter and return to me to solidify our arrangements.

Most sincerely,

Marta Stuart

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From: Freddy The Magic Man

To: Marta Stuart

Everything looks great! I’ll be there. I’d prefer: Steak ______ Fish ______

X_____________________________________

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LIBERTY AWARDS FUNDING

Helping to improve life through investing

2356 Nobody Street

Lancing, Ohio 98823

912/555-3456

February 31, 2009

Leon Huge

Big Band From Cleveland

1902 Go Jump Street

Pine Grove, Pa 69903

Dear Mr Huge:

Thank you for agreeing to have your 8-piece band play for my daughter’s wedding on July 14, 2008 at the Forrest Glen Country Club, 2323 Country Club Drive, Lancing, Ohio from 8:00pm to midnight. As we discussed, the band is to complete their set-up by 6:00pm and you will play recorded music through your sound system from 6:00pm to 8:00pm for the cocktail hour and dinner.

You also agreed to act as the emcee introducing the bride and groom and the entire wedding party as they enter the room at approximately 6:30pm. I will e-mail you the line-up at least a week before the event. Please kick off the dance set at 8:00pm with the Father /Daughter dance “Isn’t She Lovely” and then invite the entire wedding party to join them on the dance floor at the end of that song and play “Celebration.”

I understand that the band will play four 45-minute sets each hour and you will provide recorded music during your breaks. I will have a check for $2,450 ready for you when you arrive. I will also obtain full validation for all of your musicians if you will collect their parking slips. I will have sandwiches, sodas, coffee, iced tea and fruit juice in the break room at 7:00pm for you and the band. Please check in with Diane at the Country Club and she will show you the break room.

Please sign below and return a copy of this letter to make sure we’re on the same page.

Thanks.

Sammy Claws

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Sammy:

Everything is as agreed. We will be there.

X________________________________

© 2007 by Al Lampkin

Al Lampkin is President of Al Lampkin Magic. He has been an event producer and entertainer since 1962.

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Massage in Bucharest

Recognize it! You’re busy! And so must be! That’s what life is like! But you want more than that, you want to do more for yourself and massage can help. Because massage makes more than a simple relaxation of the mind and body. It keeps your body in shape and gives you enough energy to make you enjoy a longer life better than you do it today.

Massage releases stress. At the moment, stress is a universal evil. Every time you are late, every time you avoid a car in traffic, every time you have trouble working, stress is doing his job. Each time adrenaline increases heart rate and cortisone levels and organs respond to the measure. You will be in a state of nerves and constant agitation.
When there is no release of stress, serious problems such as an upset stomach, hypertension, sleep disturbances, chest pain, or existing illness may worsen.

Some of the changes that may occur are: Anxiety, lack of concentration, depression, permanent fatigue, muscle or bone pain, sexual dysfunction, excessive sleep or insomnia

All these stress-related problems can be diminished and some can be totally eliminated by massage. The researchers concluded that a massage session can lower heart rate and blood pressure, relax your muscles and increase endorphin production. The massage also releases serotonin and dopamine and the result is a general relaxation, both physical and mental.
Our body care must be at the top of the priorities.
By adding the massage to your routine you will look much better and you will be much healthier and relaxed. Massage can improve your vitality and mood. Massage can prepare for a long and beautiful life.

Our masseuses personalize each massage session according to the needs of the individual.
Our massage parlors offer a variety of relaxation styles and techniques to help you. Apart from relaxing, massage can be a powerful ally in reducing pain, increasing energy levels, improving mental and physical performance

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After a massage session, you will see how the mental prospects are enriched, the body allows easier handling, better pressure resistance, relaxation and mental alertness, calm and creative thinking.
When you have the impression or force yourself to stay straight, your body is not actually aligned properly. Not only does the posture look bad, but it forces some of the muscles to go muddy all day, while others become weaker. After a long time, the incorrect position may cause other drops. For example, internal organs press on what affects digestion, breathing ability is also diminished, which means that much less blood and oxygen reaches the brain and hence all sorts of other complications.

Massage allows you to return your body to the track. Allowing the body to make healthy and accurate movements is one of the greatest benefits of massage. Massage can relax and restore muscles injured by bad posture, allowing the body to position itself in a natural, painless position.
Apart from posture, there is also anxiety. One of the signs of anxiety and stress can also be heavy breathing. When the body begins to breathe too little and deeply instead of breathing at a natural rithm, it is impossible for one to relax. One reason may also be that the chest muscles and the abdomen get tightened and the air gets harder.

Massage plays an important role in learning the body how to relax and how to improve breathing. Respiratory problems such as allergies, sinuses, asthma or bronchitis are a group of conditions that can benefit from massage. In fact, massage can have a positive impact on respiratory function.

Many of the muscles in the front and back of the upper part of the body are breathing accessory. When these muscles are tight and shorten they can block normal breathing and interrupt effective breathing natural rithm. Massage techniques for stretching and relaxing these muscles improves breathing function and breathability. Massage leads to an opening of the chest as well as structural alignment and nerve dilatation that are required for optimal pulmonary function. A good way to treat respiratory problems with massage is the taping made in Swedish massage. When done on the back, along with vibrations, it can detach the mucus from the lungs and can clean the airways for better later function.

Massage not only relaxes muscles, but helps people become aware of daily stress levels. Once the body recognizes what really means relaxation, the mind can rest easily relax before the stress becomes cornice and harmful. This will help you enjoy a balanced life. Massage controls breathing, allows the mind to re-create relaxation before the occurrence of chronic and harmful stress and increases the level of energy.