June 09, 2019
Welcome! To our cirque industry blog! Here we aim to share useful information to the Arts and Entertainment community, encourage and educate aspiring performers, and share some of our content and show information!
We have spent quite a few years preparing for the information that is to follow, It is a distilled version of the lessons we have learned over our last decade in the industry first as performers, then booking agents and now producers for shows and large scale corporate productions.
So without further ado here is Day 1 of Acro Factory Entertainment’s 10 Actionable Tips for increasing your bookings and kicking ass in the entertainment industry:
TIP # 1) Take FULL responsibility for your results.
Have you noticed that some people just seem to get all the work? Have you noticed that sometimes it’s not necessarily the most talented act that seems to be traveling the world and week after week booking a new and interesting gig? Yep, we have too, and guess what, we know why (at lease to some degree). At Acro Factory Entertainment we truly believe that every hard working and talented performer deserves to do what they love and make enough doing it to keep the lights on and the rent paid.
One thing we learned very early on in this industry is that you can NOT sit around all day waiting for the phone to ring. We get it, training is HARD and TIRING. Sometimes at the end of a long grueling day at the gym the last thing you want to do is get on the computer or the phone and start trying to sell yourself to someone else. After all, you just worked super hard, you are owed the gig, you shouldn’t have to do anything else for it… right? Well, if that’s working for you great! But… if it’s not, then at some point you might need to apply the same tenacity that got you that over split or that one arm handstand and use it to get yourself a job! We hear a lot of performers complaining that they aren’t working enough, yet when we ask them what they are doing about it they just throw their hands up and keep complaining.
Look, we understand, it’s a complex industry filled with a lot of empty promises and dead end leads, there are too many gate keepers and not enough gates! It can all too often be more about who you know that what you know. But at the same time, when we here performers, or even ourselves, complaining about these things, we also hear them as self limiting and un-helpful beliefs. Life in general is also like that, it always has been. So we recommend you apply some Stoic Philosophy to your aspirations, let go of the blame game and start looking at the components you DO have control over: your mindset, your actions, and your belief system. And just to prove we’re not only about pie in the sky ideas, were going to give you some very specific places to start, some ideas to consider and some new drills that you might want to add to your training ;)
Stay Tuned and check back in for Acro Factory Entertainment’s next installment of our 10 Actionable Tips for increasing your bookings and kicking ass in the Live Entertainment Industry. Next up is Tip number 2: Adding Relevant Value to your Act.
Happy Gigging Friends!
-The Acro Factory Team