Show Tips: Booking a National Act

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By David Sedelmeier
Owner/Operator of talent network, inc.
Offering 30 years of insight and knowledge

Have you ever considered booking a National Act? Wondered how to begin and what it entails? Read this week’s Show Tips Q&A with talent network’s David Sedelmeier, where we cover what you need to begin the process of booking a national act, and what may work best for you next event. As always – let us know if we can answer any of your questions! Continue reading “Show Tips: Booking a National Act”

Show Tips: How Can Lighting Improve Your Event?

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By David Sedelmeier
Owner/Operator of talent network, inc.
Offering 30 years of insight and knowledge

Sometimes adding a little lighting can really set an event apart from the rest. We recently booked F. Lee Bailey for a speaking engagement, which took place in a vast exhibit hall in the late morning of a conference. That night, one of the best bands in Pittsburgh would be performing for the post-dinner party. Because of the tight schedule for the room, we had the band’s production company provide the sound system for the morning speech. I attended the same event last year and had noticed how harsh and unwelcoming the lights were at the speech – big florescent lights that flatter no one. So we asked the band’s production company to set their lighting up early – to give some soft lights for the room and theatrically light the speakers. It was a small financial cost and yet made a huge impact on the delivery of the speaker’s message. Continue reading “Show Tips: How Can Lighting Improve Your Event?”

Show Tips: How to Seat a Room For a Comedy Show

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By David Sedelmeier
Owner/Operator of talent network, inc.
Offering 30 years of insight and knowledge

As Steve Martin said in his book “Born Standing Up,” comedy is about attention. So when doing a comedy show in a ballroom, fire hall or banquet room, we need to create a scenario that helps the comic gain that vital ingredient. There are many factors to help – stage, lighting, sound – but one is often overlooked: Intimacy. Laughter sparks more laughter – if you have the audience close to the stage and to one another, then the comic feels the crowd. They see his face, feel his inflections and attention is drawn because they want to know more, they want to be part of it, they want to laugh along. This is comedy; this is the energy that the comic feels from his audience. This energy is the magic that a performer feeds off of. By setting the room properly so the comedian has the captive attention of the audience, you have now a transformed a good show into a memorable show. Continue reading “Show Tips: How to Seat a Room For a Comedy Show”

Show Tips: Why You Should Always Have a “Plan B”

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By David Sedelmeier
Owner/Operator of talent network, inc.
Offering 30 years of insight and knowledge

For this week’s Show Tips, we sit down with talent network owner David Sedelmeier after his return from working on-site at a major convention in Las Vegas. Read on for some tips on handling entertainment on a large-scale, and why it’s always good to plan for Plan B: Continue reading “Show Tips: Why You Should Always Have a “Plan B””