This Long Island entertainment performer wants to share some basic tips and tricks on how to make your event organizer happy. One doesn't realize how much work goes into putting on an event until they have to do it.
1) Meet deadlines, ahead of time if you can.
Usually there is a reason your organizer is asking you for photos, bio, music etc by a particular date. It could be for promotion reasons, printing or to make a show order all of which take time to do. When you don't send your info on time it can hold up the whole process causing a domino effect on the whole event. In addition it adds extra work for the organizer to then track you down for the info. There is a lot of behind the scenes effort and chaos that goes on.
If you have questions, issues or concerns talk to your organizer in advance. Usually issues can be dealt with or accommodated if the organizer is given time to deal with it. Also it helps make sure everyone is on the same page.
3) ARRIVE ON TIME!!! (also meaning being ready and on deck when its your turn to dance)
Of all the tips this one is the most important, and the one people are most guilty of. I can not stress this enough. A whole show can be derailed by this. We know stuff can happen but if so call or text your organizer. With no dancers there is no show. Organizers can ask the dancers to arrive at a particular time so that it preserves the mystery of the dancers or to make sure they are prepped and ready Most spaces are rented so when you arrive late not only is it unprofessional but you can be costing the whole even extra money if the show doesn't start on time. Or it could cause the prearranged order to have to be switched then throwing off your fellow dancers or causing music problems.
4) Get/Give day of contact info.
Making sure your organizer knows how to reach you and that you can reach them is invaluable. it also helps when your going to a location you have never been to before and get lost.
5) Behave in a professional manner.
Meaning don't arrive inebriated/intoxicated or under the influence. Speak privately about any issues you may be having, Make sure your costume fits correctly and wear a cover up. Observe the golden rule to both other dancers and the audience. This also means keeping your dressing room area tidy
6) Lend a helping hand.
Usually the organizer is running around like a chicken with their head cut off. If you see a small way you can pitch in it is always appreciated. Sometimes we forget how much work goes into a great event and it takes many helping hands to pull it off. This could also mean helping your fellow dancers backstage.
Event organizers tend to remember how everyone behaves and acts leading up to and during an event and it influences their future decisions on who participates in their shows. While there are many more aspects I could go into, I feel like these 6 tips are a good base to start.
I hope you find them as helpful as they have been to this Long Island entertainment performer and organizer!! Have a tip of your own? Leave it in the comments below and make sure to keep an eye on the fanpage for the next event Kirah hosts.
(Originally Posted 9/21/13)
Tips, Tricks and Life of a Long Island Entertainer