3 Things to Consider When Booking Live Entertainment Acts
If you think back to some of the best events you’ve attended, what do they all have in common? More often than not, there was some sort of entertainment. You may be surprised by the variety of performers that are available for hire. Let’s think about some of the things to consider when you plan on booking a live act.
What Are You Going For?
If your next gig is going to be a certain theme or celebrating something specific, you’ll want to establish this before figuring out what kind of entertainment will go best. For example, you may not want to have an Elmo at an event for your company if your company has nothing to do with Elmo, children, or some sort of benefit for children.
Establishing your theme is essential to determining your performer. Some great ideas for a child’s party are magicians, impersonators, and face painters. If you’re holding a party for an adult for a birthday or anniversary, you can look into getting a live band to play or a specialty act such as a psychic, hypnotist, or dancers for hire. Keep in mind that you want this to be fun so even if it seems a little bit out of the box, it’s going to be something your attendees remember.
Another important aspect is to think of the audience. If this is an all-ages event, you will want to make sure that your entertainment is appropriate for all ages. Think of what the people you invited would enjoy. After all, the entertainment is there for them.
What’s Your Budget?
Money is vital when throwing any sort of event. There are plenty of expenses when it comes to parties. You may have to pay for the venue, food, tableware, and your outfit. Now add on top of that your entertainment. If you are hosting an event on behalf of the company you work for, they may be able to splurge in certain departments.
Perhaps you are throwing a birthday party for your 5-year-old though and you may not want to spend a ton of money on entertainment. Just keep this in mind when you are planning so that you don’t bite off more than you can chew. Professionals deserve to be paid for their time but you should also be reasonable where you decide to spend the most of your budget.
Ultimately it is up to you to decide what is worth spending your money on. Either way, you’re guaranteed to enjoy the performance even if you are simply hiring a clown. These professionals have been providing services for a long time and their reputation and livelihood are staked on doing their best for you.
What Do You Need to Provide?
With many performers, they will need a space to do their performances. This can be different based on the type of entertainment you are looking for. Some of these professionals are simply there to be an impersonator and mingle with your guests. Some come prepared for an entire set to be performed. You will want to establish this with your entertainer to ensure you have everything they need.
Some professionals, such as photographers or artists of other sorts may want to have a specific backdrop for their creations. If you have a caricature artist who is going to be producing multiple pieces during the day, make sure they have the background they prefer to work with. Photographers may bring their props or request a certain room with specific lighting. Be receptive to their requests.
These are all relevant things to be considered for your next big event, but they are not the only things to be considered. Make sure to do your research and talk to folks who have hired an entertainer. Keep open communication with your hired performer and you’re sure to throw one of the best parties you ever have.
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