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Here is Richard Skipper entertaining the crowd at The Ziegfeld Society –enjoy!
Happy Tuesday, everyone! First, I must apologize for not getting the Cabaret Through Time post up on Friday. I was knee-deep in getting ready for my audition on Saturday, and the time just got away from me. We have a great post for this week, so tune in on Friday!
I can tell you that the audition went well, and I am on a trial run with this theatre ensemble, for which I am very thankful and energized! Also last week, KJ went and had an opportunity to play bass at an open mic, which the audience enjoyed, so that was swell as well. And finally, we had the great good fortune to be able to have a phone conversation last week with the wonderful Richard Skipper! He is such an amazing cabaret entertainer, a tribute artist, an effervescent emcee and host, a savvy social media publicist of not only his own work but also other cabaret artists, and just a really generous and warm person. And now he is also a writer–he is working on a fabulous new book about the Broadway and national tours of the wonderful Jerry Herman musical Hello, Dolly!
I want you to go and visit his three websites–you will not be disappointed if you are a cabaret lover. They include:
Just a quick tip tonight:
If you are an up-and-coming cabaret artist, consider looking for work at private events.
Richard gave us this suggestion to try out, and it makes a lot of sense. If your goal is to play a cabaret room, at least around here, you need to be able to bring in a certain number of paying customers or it’s difficult to get booked. This puts a great deal of responsibility and pressure on the artist, and it may be virtually impossible if you are starting out and don’t have a large following.
Instead, another way to work is to look for private events. You come in and do your show. The event or the host of the event brings in the audience, so you don’t have to worry about that aspect at all, and can just focus on providing them with great entertainment. It also helps introduce new people to what you have to offer, and can help you build your audience.
When speaking to people who are looking for entertainment for a private event like a party, you have to be very clear with them as to what you can offer and what your requirements are in order to bring your show to them. That way there will be no misunderstandings or getting booked for an audience that is not prepared for what you are going to offer them. Not everyone understands what cabaret is, and that it is not background music, so clearly detail what you do to whomever is doing the booking for best results.
Hope these Tuesday cabaret tips help–let us know what other topics you’d like to see us cover here, and we’ll do our best to work through them!
As a cabaret singer, what would you add to this conversation? Leave us a note about it in the comments below—we always love to hear from our readers!
We appreciate your support!
Till next time,
Weekly Post Lineup At McElrath Cabaret:
Tuesdays: Cabaret Tip Tuesday
Wednesdays: Ask A Cabaret Question
Fridays: Cabaret Through Time