Are you ready to turn your working life into one, long festival of fun? Can you dance, turn magic tricks, run puppet shows or sing and play children’s songs? Have you thought making some cash by keeping kids entertained? Love the idea, but not sure where to start? Here’s how to Start a Kids Entertainment Business!
Choosing your act
The first place to start is by deciding on your act, or acts. Are you going to work solo or join up with an equally fun-driven partner or team? Are you going to focus on juggling balls or playing tricks with pet rabbits or tell amazing stories or mix and match a bunch of options to create a multifaceted show? Any of these options are fine, as long as you feel confident in your abilities and have the experience to use them. If you’re undecided, err on the side of keeping things simple – you can always add layers as you go. Providing a high quality performance should be your priority.
Keeping children engaged
Remember that you’ll need to keep the kids engaged. As a general rule, their attention spans are much shorter than those of adults, and they’re most engaged when their imaginations are in full flight. A little bit of crowd interaction can go a long way. So, even if your show features just one element, such as music, try to vary what happens. For example, bring a set of drums and teach the kids a basic skill so that they can join in on some of the songs, or get them up on their feet, dancing. Also, create a setting that’s creative, colourful and transports your audience into a new world. It might take some time to create props and backdrops, but, once they’re done, you’ll be able carry them from show to show.
Every successful show offers the possibility of several others. One child’s family might have hired you, but there’ll no doubt be many other kids in attendance. If they’re well entertained, they’ll go home begging their parents to hire you for their party. So don’t forget to take business cards and fliers to every single function. That way, you’ll be easily contactable. It’s also a good idea to establish a well-designed website, complete with video, photographs and testimonials, so that when parents look you up, they’re met with a professional impression.