Following on from my last blog post as to why I love my job…….
My magic and puppet shows /mini-disco combos afford me the luxury of meeting some real gems of parents and kids. Parents from all walks of life and ethnic background give me a rich viewpoint of the tapestry of our multi-cultured society. Kids, at different ages behave different and can go from being charming to offensive and all other behaviours in the spectrum of child behaviour.
Boy it’s hard work; physically exhausting. But leaving a party having been made laugh by a child or adult (and I mean a genuine laugh – not one you do to be socially appreciative of the situation) is a real treat.
So what are the benefits of being a children’s entertainer?
- You get paid for doing something you love.
- If you work full time, you work at the weekends and have the rest of the week off. (Good and bad)
- You get to meet people from all walks of life.
- You get to have an insight into other people’s lives
- If you are good, you can create memories that last a lifetime.
- You bring a smile and laugh to people’s faces – there is nothing more satisfying!
- You get to see some amazing venues.
- You get to see some brilliant parts of the country (and some not so brilliant)
- You get to see some amazing birthday cakes
- You get to learn some great kids jokes.
- Occasionally you get to try some amazing food which the host has cooked up (I don’t just mean standard party food)
- You get to meet some other children’s entertainers – some of whom share the same passion for your job.
No job is perfect and whilst I love my job, there are of course some frustrations which make me question why I do this job.
- You work at weekends. When everyone else is ‘playing’ you are working.
- It’s extremely physically demanding on the voice and body.
- It can be frustrating when parents allow bad behaviour to go unscaled.
- Some children can be very aggressive and grab at props and attack the entertainer (un-maliciously of course)
- Parents who will talk loudly to the detriment of the children and performer and therefore show, when the show is on is a shared frustration from entertainers around the globe.
- When you receive little thanks for delivering what you consider to be a fantastic party keeping 40 kids laughing and entertained for 2 hours.
- The low standard of some children’s entertainers in this industry sets a poor standard
- It is a fickle business, with bad mouthing and questionable business practices from other entertainers.
- Roads. If you are late it looks terrible. The frustration of a traffic jam or diversion is perhaps the biggest frustration for me.
- Unrealistic demands on arrival. Performing for 100 kids in front of 2 loud plasma screens and 150 adults getting drunk at 9.30pm at night is perhaps the best example of this. (True story)
- No parking or navigating difficult stairs.
- Working when you are extremely unwell. (I have performed with all manner of sicknesses and 99% of the nobody has ever noticed )
Overall, these negatives are considerably outweighed by the positives of my job. If the children are well behaved, parents attentive and unsupervised 1 year old with a balloon riffling through my magi props, – I know the party will be brilliant fun, I will have a great time, the kids will have a great time, the parents will have a great time, and I will go to the next gig, knowing that I am absolutely doing the job I love.
For more information and details about how to book me to deliver a stress-free fun and laughter filled party for your son or daughter, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me on 07934 856 696 or firstname.lastname@example.org