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27 minutes | 8 hours ago
73: Street Breakz
Peace, unity, love and having fun is what Street Breakz brings to their audience through hip hop, acrobatics, and comedy!
52 minutes | 17 days ago
72: Kimi Shintaku - A Lifetime of Experience
A fascinating journey through Kimi's life, full of stories and wisdom. Her dedication and valuable contribution to the fair industry stems from years of amazing experiences under vastly different circumstances.
57 minutes | a month ago
71: Jeremiah Johnston-Juggler Extraordinaire
Technically skilled, highly proficient, and amazingly smooth! Jeremiah drops a ton of tips about performing in the fair business, marketing, and life in general. Don't miss the stories about California, the box of juggling props in the attic....and rugs!
37 minutes | a month ago
70: Kenny Ahern
Kenny Ahern shares stories about his career as a clown, a little wisdom from his life and even some laundry tips!
54 minutes | 2 months ago
69: Mango & Dango-Complete Creatives
Complete creatives, master makers, the whole artistic package! Learn from the best of the best-Mango & Dango!
79 minutes | 2 months ago
68: Mark Sparks Master Class
It's the little things a person does and the little things a person doesn't do that make all the difference when it comes to being successful in the fair industry.
18 minutes | 2 months ago
67: Season Three Opener
Kicking off season three of Tailgate Entertainer and what the exciting lineup looks like. (NOTE: All recordings were done pre-pandemic)
155 minutes | 8 months ago
66: A Punch in the Face
In this episode, twelve professionals in the fair industry talk about their experience of living through the destruction that Covid 19 has caused. What has happened to our industry and what needs to happen to get things back on track. Great stories, wisdom and insight.
46 minutes | 2 years ago
65: Conjuring Up a Career That Never Gets Old with Robert Smith
Creating a concrete platform in a saturated market is no easy task. In order to do so, you have to be innovative and original, two characteristics that perfectly describe Robert Smith. Robert Smith is a magician and creative content speaker who struggled to find his way into the fair industry until doing exactly the opposite of everyone else, staying inside the box. Robert Smith is most recognized for his fortune-telling act, which has come to be known as the Conjurer Fortune Machine. Check out this episode of Tailgate Entertainer with Alan Bruess and Eric Haines if you’re interested in learning how to adapt and expand your own creative career. Show Highlights: Starting street magic Recognizing the pivot point in a career Figuring out how to live with a disease The importance of reaching out Getting buyers attention Becoming the conjurer Creating a unique way to perform in a saturated market Trusting the audience Organically developing an act Explaining a nontraditional career to others Training people in your profession Expanding a personal act and avoiding stealing ideas Only working jobs that fit your brand Building relationships Changing how you perceive no The drive behind creating content and marketing Using social media to provide value Building equity with the community Resources: Art To Market All social media handles: @meetrobertsmith Podcast: Fair Game Meet Robert Smith Robert Smith Presents
39 minutes | 2 years ago
64: Greg Frisbee, Leveraging Your Strengths!
Finding your passion can be difficult especially if it isn’t a traditional path but Greg Frisbee always knew he wanted to perform. Overcoming his shyness and fear of failure, Greg took a leap of faith and has become an incredible juggler and comedian. He has performed in all 50 states, over 30 countries, and does over 300 shows a year. His show is fun, goofy, and creates a family-friendly environment for everyone to enjoy. Tune into this episode of Tailgate Entertainer with Alan Bruess and Eric Haines to hear more about how Greg utilized obstacles to establish his career. Show Highlights: Taking the plunge as a full-time performer Marketing to fairs Breaking news to close family The journey of establishing a show Struggles with putting a show together Trial and error The importance of treating others with respect How a performance can be a form of meditation Being present in the moment Struggling with being insecure as a performer Alternative pursuits if performing fails Creating healthy relationships with fair managers Not taking work personally Being in tune with the crowd and creating a magical atmosphere Finding human connection through travel Accepting people for who they are Utilizing skills from worldly experiences How performing effects those closest to you Resources: Bring Your Art To Market The Rubber Chicken Show Frisbee Show
29 minutes | 2 years ago
63: Creating Magical Whimsical Characters with Marco Landin and Heather Hyde de Landin
The fair industry has some jaw-dropping and mind baffling acts but some acts set the bar higher than others. Marco Landín and Heather Hyde de Landin are creative and talented performers. From costumes to technique, this power couple has raised the bar for all stilt walkers and performers. Their acts are exotic and bring a sense of newness through their full fire performances and stilt creatures. They have perfected the art of embodying whimsical characters and creating a dreamlike atmosphere. Join Alan Bruess and Eric Haines in this episode of Tailgate Entertainer to learn more about creating a magical world. Show Highlights: Being introduced to variety entertainment Sharing the miracle of newness Bringing something new to the table Creating art to be proud of Being an influencer through personal art Creating opportunities for others Finding ways to speak without words Design techniques and creating unique shows Creating blueprints and refining details Finding balance How passion pushes you forward Building a bubble of wonder Resources: Dream City Vegas Macro Landin Art To Market
34 minutes | 2 years ago
62: World Record Holder and Master of Physical Comedy - Alex Zerbe
Alex Zerbe has been performing for more than 15 years. He is a master of physical comedy, juggling, and magic. Alex is known as “The Zaniac” which was an idea from his wife. Many love his high energy throughout his performances and his super kind soul, and intelligence. He is a two-time Guinness World Record holder who was voted Seattle's Funniest Prop Comic. He performs in fairs, schools and special events. He is a fantastic entertainer and loves his job as an entertainer. More in this episode: Physical issues that can be challenging in his performances in the future. The First Fair that he worked at. Lessons that he learned during his first fair job. Advice he would give about working in the fair industry. How has his marriage dealt with all the traveling associated with performing? How much he loves his job and performing. He would love to mentor and help other entertainers Where he goes for mentoring and guidance? When and how he began performing. Some of his beats! Resources Mentioned in the Show: Art To Market Tailgate Entertainer Podcast 1,001 Tips on Practicing, Perfecting and Performing Your Act: For Jugglers and other Variety Artists Entertainers by Daniel Holzman Alex Zerbe The Zaniac
28 minutes | 2 years ago
61: Creating Memorable Performances and Sustainable Shows with Ivan España and Allison Blej
For many performers, the circus has been a way of life for as long as they can remember. Ivan España is a fifth-generation circus performer and is currently creating and performing in shows with his wife Allison. They both have a heart and passion for the industry and dedicate a surplus of hard work and time to each and every show. Tune into this episode of Tailgate Entertainer to hear more about their journey and their current production, The Great Mr. Swindles Peculiarity. The Great Mr. Swindle’s Traveling Peculiarium and Drink-Ory Garden is an original production by Salto Entertainment of Englewood, an entertainment group with a decade of live family entertainment production experience. Salto Entertainment’s production and performance credits include the motorcycle madness of Moto Maniacs, the aerial antics and death-defying stunts of the steampunk-themed production FLIPPIN, and co-producers of CIRQUESA – Dream Quest, a journey of self-discovery as told through circus artistry. Salto Entertainment is owned and operated by Allison Blei and Ivan España, whose family was recently inducted to the Circus ‘Ring of Fame’ in Sarasota’s St. Armand’s circle marking their significant contributions to the art and culture of circus amongst many other incredible icons such as P.T. Barnum and The Ringling Bros. Show Highlights: Growing up in a family of entertainers Acrobatics and the skywheel Giving people memorable performances Challenges with bringing an entire circus act to a fairground Motivating factors Creating shows you create Transitioning from conventions to the fair Word of mouth marketing Individualism and putting in your entire heart Fears and difficult circumstances Tips for going the circus direction Love for entertaining the audience Resources Mentioned: bringyourarttomarket.com saltoent.com Mr. Swindle's Traveling Peculiarium
46 minutes | 2 years ago
60: The Show Bros™: A Super Show of Mind & Magic
Building and creating a unique act is a major accomplishment but it is even more valuable when you get to perform with a close friend. Illusionist Adam The Great and Tyzen The Comedy Hypnotist, also known as the Show Bros™, are two close friends who have established a remarkable show together and continue to create innovative material. Combining two great talents with amazing shows on their own, they have created an amazing new show, called The Show Bros™, which highlights the best of both shows. In this episode, we go behind the scenes and find out the origins of this synergistic show. The unique thing about this show is that Tyzen and Adam actually perform together - this combination of talents is compelling entertainment! The show is still very new, but is already getting rave reviews and is destined to be one of the greats! Show Highlights: Making connections through the fair Being a role model for children Maintaining a friendship through working together The challenges of marketing for a theatre Issues behind the scenes - it’s not all roses! Getting advice from close advisors Fine tuning productions Setting boundaries and legal parameters Getting started in magic Transitioning into a full-time fair career Being innovative and coming up with new acts Being patient Having fun with your own work Plagiarism within the industry Learning to write originally Performing your best for every crowd Charging what you’re worth Discovering careers outside of the entertainment industry Resources Mentioned: Pacific Animal Productions Adam the Great Tyzen
38 minutes | 2 years ago
59: Finding Innovative New Talent for the Fair Industry with Tom Sailor
There is a surplus of talent, acts, and shows in the fair industry. Many of the performances have been around for hundreds of years, but some of them recently have sprung and become popular over the last few decades. Tom Sailor has invented and innovated multiple aspects of the fair industry and currently works with Winter Set Concert Events. He has years of experience and insight on the fair industry that is unique to his creative perspective. Tune into this episode of Tailgate Entertainer with your hosts, Alan Bruess and Eric Haines, if you’re interested in how to break through the industry and taking risks. How life led Tom into the fair industry Belly Bucking The birth of male strippers Women’s mud wrestling Taking mud wrestling to fairs Creating a bungee diving show The biggest competition in the fair industry What the industry is missing Thinking outside of the box Areas that lack talent and room for opportunity The importance of a personal relationship Breaking through into the industry Not comparing your act to others Always putting on your best show Links: Art To Market
35 minutes | 2 years ago
58: Lessons Learned from 30 Years as a Full Time Entertainer with Todd Victor
Anyone can be a performer, but only hard-working and dedicated individuals become a great performer. It takes many years and lots of practice to establish a name and create a timeless act, which is why not many people make it as a full-time entertainer. Todd Victor has been a full-time entertainer for over 30 years and has created beautiful stages to host various acts, he coaches entertainers, and has established a successful mentoring program to boost other performers. Tune into this episode of Tailgate Entertainer with Alan Bruess and Eric Haines to see how you can bring your art to market and take the next steps to improve your performance. Show Highlights: Moments that led up to being in the fair industry Giving advice to yourself in the past Taking care of yourself and being innovative Adjusting the show to fit where you’re at in life Reducing wear on your body What needs the fair-grounds can provide for performers Pros and cons of working with your spouse How unique makeup affects business Formula for traveling How to adapt shows to stay relevant Bringing art to a marketplace and making a living off it Taking classes for various skills Hiring advisors to direct and critique acts Practicing to fine tune skills Emphasizing being a great performer Finding the balance between work and home life Getting the most out of your time and making connections Working hard to maintain trust and make others shows successful Resources: Arttomarket.info
31 minutes | 2 years ago
57: Being Unique - a Key to Industry Longevity with Dennis Lee
The entertainment industry is full of unique and incredible people. There are so many innovative and remarkable acts and the people are equally as intricate. Many of these performers are simply doing what they love and also enjoy having the opportunity to bring a smile to others faces, and one of those people is Dennis Lee. Dennis is an overwhelmingly kind individual with a heart for making people happy. He is the founder of The Dennis Lee Show and continues to bring enticing acts to fairs across the country. Tune into this episode of Tailgate Entertainer with Alan Bruess and Eric Haines to hear more about Dennis Lee’s story. Show Highlights: Highlights of Dennis Lee’s life before the fair industry Feelings from the first time performing Changing the fair from a hobby to a job How traveling affects family life Making your show unique The importance of building a network Impacting people’s lives Getting kids involved and giving them the opportunity to shine Having the ability to make people smile and pull energy from within Influencers in the industry Making a sincere show What is missing in entertainment
25 minutes | 2 years ago
56: Staying Relevant After 9 Generations of Performing with Michelangelo Nock
While the fair industry is continuously growing and adapting, and continues to evolve since the early days of live entertainment. Michelangelo Nock, owner of The Nerveless Nocks Inc., and his family have been innovating the industry since before 1850. Michelangelo Nock has a plethora of insight and knowledge about the industry, due to his unique experience growing up in a performing family. He comes from a family that has been performing in the circus and entertainment industry for more than 9 generations. Performing is in his DNA! This interview is full of history, versatility, and insight on staying relevant in the circus industry. Live performance continues to evolve and the Nock family is evolving too! Tune into this episode of Tailgate Entertainer with your hosts, Alan Bruess and Eric Haines, to learn more about the impact the fair industry has made and how it has stayed current through generations. Show Highlights: Pursuing the family business How the swing pole came about Roles being filled in the industry Being versatile and incorporating training Showing the audience entertainment they’ve never seen before Getting involved with other businesses Taking care of the grounds Being influenced by successful businessmen Being a team Respecting people’s ideas Staying current Being creative and working in different fairs Resources: nervelessnocks.com http://pacificanimalproductions.com The Odd and Offbeat Podcast
42 minutes | 3 years ago
55: Rebuilding Your Life After a Life-Changing Accident with Kristen Johnson and Kevin Ridgeway
Kristen Johnson and Kevin Ridgeway are interviewed on the show today by Elisa Hayes, who knows all too well about life-changing accidents. Talk about people with phenomenal character! Today’s guests are two of the greatest people you will ever meet, and their story is inspiring! Kevin and Kristen are entertainers in a show called Lady Houdini, which is a show featuring escape-type routines. Kristen is known as Lady Houdini, and Kevin emcees the show. They do between 270-300 shows per year, and because their show is so physical, the two train vigorously in order to maintain top physical shape. In January of 2016, Kristen and Kevin were in a horrible automobile accident. They had been stopped at a red light and proceeded when the light changed to green. A 17-year-old, texting while driving, blew through a red light and hit them on the driver’s side. It was at that moment their lives changed. Kristen says it was like the world stopped turning. Each of them sustained catastrophic injuries. More in this episode: Kevin and Kristen share details about their life-changing accident. Emotions run high because the two were taken to different hospitals. Tremendous body trauma Months of hospitalization and rehabilitation Doubts and fear turn to determination Kristen and Kevin describe their show and how/when their message shifted. Back to work with an empowering message for others Dedicating a show segment to speak about the dangers of distracted driving Grateful for the generosity of others Grateful to be able to continue to share their lives with each other. Resources: Pacific Animal Productions, our sponsor/proceeds go to scholarship funding Lady Houdini website Lady Houdini’s Facebook page Ridgeway and Johnson Entertainment Lady Houdini’s Instagram Page Elisa’s podcast, Letters To My Daughter
44 minutes | 3 years ago
54: The Youngest CEO Shares Insights for the Future of the Fair with Courtny Conkle
Very rarely are people presented with the opportunity to be born into their career and spend their life learning all aspects of their trade. Fortunately, Courtny Conkle did; she is the youngest female CEO in California and at the Lake County Fair in Northern California and has acquired a plethora of knowledge throughout her years. Getting to learn different trades in the fair from a very young age has helped Courtny throughout her career and given her the insight to project her career forward. Courtny has been on both sides of the fair as a concessionaire as well as in management, so she really knows the fair from the ground up! Tune in to this episode of Tailgate Entertainer to hear all of the brilliant ideas Courtny has to share with your host and co-host, Alan Bruess and Eric Haines. Show Highlights: Being born into the fair industry Long-term goals for the fair industry Contributing factors to becoming a fair manager Areas that need re-adjustment Building relationships in the community Showing what you can accomplish Eliminating old traditions Bringing in entertainment that fits different demographics Understanding the ripple effect The importance of user-generated contact Spending time advertising the right content Relationships with younger vs older business people Intertwining business with life How people respond to the carnival stigma Being able to empathize with all sides of the industry Having people to mentor you Internalizing what you’ve learned from others and how to apply it Being a mentor and guide to others How to suggest things to people that may help them Coming into the fair industry knowing the industry Resources: This show is sponsored by Super Science Company! supersciencecompany.com SaveSave
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