When I look back at 2012, I realize exactly how much I love being a corporate entertainer. The year was an adventure of locations, events and an incredible opportunity to work with great people. In the next couple of posts, I want to thank the venues, people and clients who made 2012 so successful.
January found me performing events close to home. An after holiday corporate party in Lancaster, PA at the Heritage led things off. It was the first time I had performed at the Heritage, and the staff was very helpful. The room was perfect for the client’s attendance and needs, the dinner was impressive, and a good time was had by all. When people are already in a great mood, it is much easier to make them laugh. My thanks to Lancashire Hall for making me a part of their employee’s evening.
The next night I was performing in Baltimore, MD at the newly opened Four Seasons. Martha Morningstar and her staff did an incredible job making me feel at home. On the left, we posted a picture of the view out the windows of my “green room”, along with a picture of the banquet set up. The Baltimore Four Seasons is a first class venue for any corporate entertainment event.
My client had a wonderful evening and again, the laughs echoed in the room. Thanks again to the staff and chefs for making my job so much easier! Of course, major thanks to OPS for inviting me to entertain their incredible group of people!
During February, I began work on a virtual private lesson Internet course called Learn-Ventriloquism. Using time released software, my goal was to create a comprehensive course that could teach the proper methods and save the beginner time and money. The course was scheduled to be released in March, so much of the month was spent recording the videos and coordinating with VA’s to get everything on-line and operating bug free.
At the same time, I took part in a viral video contest. Fifteen corporate entertainers were challenged with creating a video, posting it on YouTube and seeing who could generate the most views. I almost didn’t participate, but decided at the last minute to throw a quick clip together. You can see it below:
A few posts on FaceBook, telling friends I was in a contest and asking them to share the video, started an avalanche. The clip went from 180 views to 5,803 views within four days. Within a week, it jumped to 34,866 views. I figured it had to have run its course, but by the end of February, we were over 110,000 views! I credit that to the fact it was short, had a good laugh and was likely recommended by YouTube itself when they noticed the traffic it received.
And as an update, I won the contest! My son now has the prize – a Kindle Fire. So he says thanks to everyone who watched that clip!