Developing Starts Of The Future
Welcome to the Showbuzz Training Page where our amazing cast get to be even more amazing by learning everything about being a professional entertainer. Showbuzz has been built with a wealth of experience from our founders and staff and we now share this important info with our cast.
Its is important that all cast read through the e learns and there will be a test/quiz at the end of this.
Showbuzz are now without a doubt the best creators of tribute production shows and we have been carefully building our cast into the finest in Scotland.
"SO RISE UP AND BECOME THE BEST YOU CAN BE, AS THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR YOU"
READ ALL E LEARNS AS YOU WILL HAVE A QUIZ ON ALL E LEARNS AT THE END
BEHAVING LIKE AN ENTERTAINER
The Entertainment industry is well known for having Divas and Prima Donna's and when your Beyonce, Ariana, Justin or Ed its easier to get away with it. But when your on your way up it always pays to be nice to all that you are involved with from cast members, bookers, producers,
choreographers, venue staff, sound engineers, waiters/waitresses, venue management etc. You get the point we want venues and bookers to always talk about Showbuzz in a positive way and as you the cast are at the forefront of the company we need you to know how to act as a showbuzz cast entertainer. We have already selected cast we think are team players and now we wanna build on it to help you grow as the best entertainer you can be before and after shows.
Rehearsals they are the key to an amazing first performance and to you being rebooked. Rehearsals are set for particular times and dates that suit everyone and therefore you should always be on time no matter what. we all know there's traffic, accidents but times are set and you should always respect that and be on time ready to start as its unfair to hold up rehearsals for others and it can cause rehearsals to run late which no one wants. Conversations about what happend at your aunties party should be a moment for after rehearsals. At Showbuzz we understand that everyone has lifes and things to do so we work as fast at rehearsal as we can giving you the best coaching from singing, to dancing to stage direction in small intense rehearsals meaning you get the best for your time. Its important you always bring water so you do not dehydrate and loose clothing to allow for full movement when dancing. When singing its important to avoid coffee (as much as us singers love our coffee) and chocolate and other dairy products. Warm ups will be given before all rehearsals for all cast.
SO POINTS FOR REHEARSALS
MAKE SURE YOUR REHEARSAL DATES ARE IN YOUR DIARY
DON'T BE LATE FOR REHEARSALS
COME READY AND EAGER TO LEARN
WEAR COMFORTABLE LOOSE CLOTHING
BRING WATER TO ALL REHEARSALS
STAY AWAY FROM DAIRY PRODUCTS (SINGERS)
Being an all round entertainer keeps you ahead of the game.
We can be presented with problems at rehearsals, shows, traveling to shows as anything can and will happen the more shows you do. But how you deal with the problems is what makes you different from the rest.
At showbuzz we have a saying "Theres Never A Problem ... Only A Solution.
The show must go on no matter what so quick thinking is an important trait to develop and you will the more problems your faced with.
1. IF YOUR RUNNING LATE FOR A SHOW WHAT SHOULD YOU DO
1. CALL THE VENUE
2. CALL YOUR TEAM LEADER
3. PANIC AND GO HOME AND WAIT FOR A CALL
SELECT AN ANSWER/S
2. AFTER YOUR 2hr JOURNEY TO YOUR GIG YOU FIND YOU'VE FORGOT YOUR MIC :( WHAT DO YOU DO.
1. GO BACK YOURSELF OR THE DRIVER AND GET IT IF YOU HAVE ENOUGH TIME AFTER ALL EQUIPMENT IS OUT.
2. ASK THE VENUE IF THEY HAVE A SPARE MIC
3. ASK SOMEONE AT YOUR HOUSEHOLD TO BRING IT TOO YOU
SELECT AN ANSWER/S
At Showbuzz we think it is really important that everyone learns a little about the equipment you use as this is invaluable knowledge to have as you go from show to show. Our aim is to have a team who set up the equipment for all the shows. But now and again you will be in a venue further away and the show cast will have to set the equipment. This is yet another amazing knowledge for you to learn to allow you to be a complete entertainer and be able to set up and work your equipment allowing you to go and perform anywhere.
Full Training on how equipment sets up and operates will be given to all cast member but let's get you started.
When leaving to go to the venue always allow for 1hr for set up and 30mins for soundcheck before doors open. This creates a positive atmosphere knowing you have everything your set and ready to go giving you peace of mind and most of all showing the venue how professional Showbuzz cast are. When arriving at the venue you should always firstly introduce yourself letting the venue know you are there find out where you bring the equipment in. Proceed to get all equipment in to the venue then set up for your show. Then Sound check and make sure you are happy with the sound on and off stage to give you confidence your ready to party.
Its then off to get your room which as we all know is not always a room, however when our booking team are booking our shows we will always make sure there is a suitable place for changing that is clean and NOT A TOILET. Sometimes you may have to create your own changing area with the use of our Pipe and Drape System which is a quick set up of black curtain to allow you a space to get ready beside the stage if possible. But again our booking team will always have this info before you go to the venue.
SETTING UP YOUR LIGHTING
Lighting your show is a very important thing to get right and again all cast will be given full training in setting up lighting.
it's actually an easy process and a quick one too. All our shows come MacBook ready complete with all shows visuals and lighting programmed for easy set up. Again our aim is to have all set ups ready done by our tech team but this is a skill worth knowing.
Show lighting can be flattering and non flattering on how the show and cast look.
Uplighting - which means putting lights on the floor to light cast gives a scary bohemian rhapsody look to it that we don't want. Uplighting should only ever be used to create moods, light objects etc and thus can create a nice stage look. Generally you will have 2 lighting stands that would go beside your speakers at either side at the front of the stage facing the stage and 4 cans on each lighting bar with a DMX Cable which is the cables used for lighting which can be 3 or 5 pin and can look like a mic cable.
One cable comes from the lighting dmx box to the first lighting bar then from the output of that lighting bar to the input on the other lighting bar so it's like a daisy chain
TAKE A SHORT QUIZ ON THE LIGHTING
A: HOW SHOULD YOUR LIGHTING BE SET UP TO LIGHT CAST
SELECT AN ANSWER/S
A: WHAT CABLES SHOULD YOU BE USING
SELECT AN ANSWER/S
A: HOW MANY PINS DO A DMX CABLE HAVE
SELECT AN ANSWER/S
Your dates for shows are your income and its important for all parties involved that we get this part right. When we are contacted by a booker the last thing they want is for us to say yeh no probs i'll get back to you when ive checked everyone can do it. Its unprofessional now and in today's world bookers want answers there and then so they can put it in the diary and move on. We dont want to be loosing out so its important we have a good system in place. We have now reached out to get everyones dates they are not available and we not have these beside all dates throughout the year and this enables us to quickly tell the booker if a show is available or not. With this in mind the onus is on you guys to tell us about any changes to your circumstances before bookings go in so it keeps the calendar clean.
We have also put the dates in a database where you can see all dates for shows by simply clicking on search and typing the show name and it will shortlist all they shows/dates and venues if for some reason you misplace your dates.
This is one of the most important things to get right as this is a task booking all the shows but with your help and our new systems the bookings should come in easily and no problems will arise in getting you work.
Costumes are the icing on the cake, the difference between a good show and an amazing show.
Before leaving for your show ensure you have everything that you need. The same goes for leaving each venue check backstage.
Itinerary lists are good to make and double check it before and after shows so you know you always have them.
Costumes should be washed the day after the gig to ensure that you have everything and that they are ready to go to the next gig. All costumes should be hand washed in a machine at a low temp or hand washed . Drip dry . Do not tumble dry to avoid shrinking and the possibility of sequin loss or losing their shape.
WHAT HAPPENS IF SOMEONE IS STANDING IN FOR YOU
It is important to ensure that if you are not doing the gig and another person is standing in for you that they have the costumes well ahead of the gig to avoid panic/running around for them or worse not having them in time for the gig at all . Again all washed ready to go for the night.
Lost items/costumes should be reported to us as soon as possible and this is your responsibility to look check and make sure you don’t lose them as you will have to pay for replacement items . Damaged costumes should be reported to us to see if they can be repaired if you can’t do the repair yourself.
We know accidents can happen so try to be careful getting your costumes on and off so that we can get as much use off them as possible .