Golden Rule: Be Kind to Everyone

By Mark Wade

This is one rule I shouldn't need to write down, but you'd be surprised at how many performers seem to forget it. When you arrive at a show date, be nice to everyone. The cooks at the school, the secretary, the custodian, bus drivers, as well as the principal deserve a warm greeting and a friendly smile. You don't know in what ways this kindness can come back to help you. Maybe the custodian is a good friend of another principal. Maybe one of the cooks has a daughter that can help get you booked into some other venue. The list goes on and on.

The main thing to remember is that you only have one chance to make a good first impression. Greet everyone on a friendly, professional manner and treat everyone equally well. Don't get so wrapped up in being an "artiste" that you forget common courtesy. Remember, you're not doing the school a favor by showing up - they're doing you a favor by booking you. And if they don't like you, they probably won't ask you back.
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This excerpt is from the book KidShow Ventriloquism by Mark Wade. $9.95 postpaid. Contact Mr. D.

I am also awarding one free signed copy today to: Ronald Coulter.

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