10. Professional entertainers are in business, and businesses need to make a profit. This is how they put a roof over their head, food on the table and stay warm in the winter. Because they make it their career, they dedicate themselves to becoming the best they can be, and share the talents they have honed with their clients.
9. Professional entertainers have to buy professional equipment. They don't walk into Wal-Mart, pick up what's on the shelf and declare themselves a professional entertainer. They spend quite a bit of money on props, supplies, costumes, equipment and dues to necessary associations, the list goes on. That is just for the performance.
8. Professional entertainers continue their education, and learn as much as they can about their form of entertainment. They attend seminars, learn from others in the business through books and videos, and stay up to date on new equipment, techniques, trends, and laws. They concentrate on becoming the best they can be.
7. Professional entertainers don't just attend an event, they create an event. They understand the needs and expectations of their clients, and they understand the timing and flow of the event. . You're not just paying for a distraction, you are paying for the professional entertainer to create lasting memories for your guests.
6. Professional entertainers can spend hours producing one event. Time can include:
Check back next week to see the final five reasons why entertainers charge what the do.
We are thrifty people. We buy used, we recycle old items into something new, we try not to buy anything disposable. It is ironic, since our business is selling a service that is a luxury. You don't HAVE to have entertainment at a birthday party or company picnic, a sweet 16 or a festival. But the key in being thrifty is to decide where you are willing to cut back, so you can splurge on what you want.
In fact, being thrifty is how we have survived this economic downturn as well as we did, and we have turned to blogs such "Penny Pinchin' Mom" for ideas. Today I read an interesting blog on how to save money on birthday parties. (I really like her advice on RSVP-ing, but that is for another day.) This economy is rough, and we don't know anyone who hasn't been affected by it in some way. Hopefully these tips will help make the party a lighter expense on your wallet.
However, we also understand the value of quality. Just because you can do or purchase something cheaply, does not make it a good value. What is the point of having a party if no one is having fun.
Just to add a few tips of our own:
Mark Clark the owner of Aardvark Entertainment. Has been performing for over 40 years.
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