How did you get started doing this type of work?
It chose me, I didn't have any choice in the matter. All my life, people have told me that this is what I'm good at. In 2005 I had an opportunity to quit my job and try to make a go of it as a professional entertainer. Turns out, they were right!
What types of customers have you worked with?
I do alot of restaurant work. I can be found at Joe's Crab Shack on Rainbow/Lake Mead on Friday nights, Joe's on Sunset/Green Valley Pkwy on Saturday nights, and Dick's Last Resort in the Excalibur on Sunday nights. I also do alot of birthday parties, grand openings, special events, etc. NOTE: when working at Joe's Crab Shack, the show is VERY kid-friendly and scripted for all ages. However when working Dick's Last Resort, my performance style is very rude, suggestive, and "edgy", to go with the theme of the restaurant. Though I will not treat the kids this way directly, they will very likely see some rude and suggestive balloons that I make for other patrons of the restaurant. If you've never been to Dick's, you're in for an experience you will never forget!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Please be aware of the situational circumstances for which you are hiring an entertainer. A pool party at 3 in the afternoon on a sunny July day in Las Vegas can be a GREAT time for the kids, but it is a DISASTER for balloons! It is impossible to make balloons in that kind of heat and expect them to last beyond 10 seconds. And doing a magic show in that environment is equally impossible.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I wish people understood how much time and planning goes into a simple 5-minute scripted performance piece. But then again, if I do my job right, they shouldn't even have the occasion to think about it.