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Topic: Do you get dressed at the last minute?
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Jul 9, 2010 01:04PM)
With me it is 5 minutes until I walk out the door before I put my pants, shirt, tie, and shoes on. I have two friends that cary their shirts on hangers, and put them on in the car. One outher friend I saw putting his shirt on back stage. I remember on Jerry Seinfeld show they did an episode about not putting your pants on until the last minute. Of course before I do anything to myself my car is packed, and ready to go.
Message: Posted by: Mindpro (Jul 9, 2010 05:14PM)
I get dressed about 3-5 minutes before I take the stage. Also I never sit in my pants once they're on - ala Seinfeld.
Message: Posted by: Dr. Delusion (Jul 10, 2010 12:45AM)
With a smaller show, Birthday's and such, I get dressed just before it's time to leave the house.
For a stage show I like to be dressed and ready to go about 15 minutes before showtime.
Message: Posted by: Payne (Jul 19, 2010 12:43AM)
For most of my shows I don't wear pants.
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Jul 19, 2010 06:42AM)
That is too much information.
Message: Posted by: MT (Jul 29, 2010 05:59PM)
I can't dress up that late. I dress up before I see the client.
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Jul 29, 2010 07:30PM)
What I meant in my original post was about puting my pants on before I walk out of my door. I never suggested that I wanted to show up at the party in my underwear.
Message: Posted by: Mindpro (Jul 29, 2010 08:25PM)
Never say never Al, you might find you get more bookings this way!
Message: Posted by: Sammy J. (Jul 29, 2010 10:02PM)
Always a tough call. I try to dress as late as praticality allows.
Message: Posted by: David Alexander (Jul 29, 2010 10:26PM)
I have a routine I do my best to stick to when getting ready.

I like to listen to classical music while I get ready as it puts me in a good mood. Years ago I got sick of having to change in a restaurant or hotel manager's office or worse, a public bathroom.

I dress at home and because I wear high end clothing (Oxxford) it does not wrinkle.
Message: Posted by: Neznarf (Jul 30, 2010 12:54PM)
My wife either leaves the house or stays out of my way because I get a little crazy when I getting ready to to do a show. And yes I get dressed the last thing.
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Jul 30, 2010 08:46PM)
I'm having a hard time imagining you pacing the floor in your underwear before a show. Is that your wife's head in your hands?
Message: Posted by: Darkwing (Jul 30, 2010 11:24PM)
Like Al, I wait until the very last minute before putting my performance clothes on before leaving the house for a gig like a birthday party or restaurant event.

If it is a stage show, I use the dressing room because that is what they are for :). I try to avoid public restrooms to change in like the plague.

Al, good to see you again. I thought of you when I was in Charleston SC last week and walked into a hat shop to look at the Panama hats.
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Jul 31, 2010 08:55AM)
I spent a lot of my misguided youth in Charleston SC. I'm sure that all my old haunts have long since closed, and I remember chasing young girls around on the south battery late at night. I remember seeing Jackie Wilson perform at the high school auditorium there in 1966, when I was nearly the only white man in the auditorium. Ah yes the Merchant Seamans Club, and the Cadillac club were two very naughty all night clubs.
Message: Posted by: Darkwing (Jul 31, 2010 06:11PM)
No kidding, I thought I saw some of the locals that kind of looked like "little Als" around the Battery Park area. Al you are a stud.

You got to see Jackie Wilson. Man that is great.

This is our second year to go to Charleston and we love it. The only downer is the weather is so stinking hot.
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Jul 31, 2010 10:50PM)
I always was amazed that Charelston was such a hip city surrounded by such unhip towns. There was Charelston, Savana, Columbia, and not much else.
Message: Posted by: Neznarf (Aug 2, 2010 12:51PM)
Yes Al that is my wife's head in my hands.

You can see a larger picture on my web site.
Message: Posted by: s3rg3 (Aug 5, 2010 09:50AM)
Trousers that do not wrinkel are a very good solution.
You can find them in a lot of different styles and you can at least prepare yourself a little bit earlier and sit relax before you go on stage.

Message: Posted by: Rodney Palmer (Aug 5, 2010 11:49PM)
I always Dress at the Venue. If it is a Small Show such as a Family Reunion or
B-Day Party I stop just a little down the road before I get there and put my Shirt on. That is where my GPS comes in handy. I know when I have .05 Miles to go and that is usually when I stop. I also refresh my Deodarant at that time.

Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Aug 7, 2010 03:58PM)
I timed myself tonight:
Shave 1 hour early
black sweat socks 1 hour early
wrinkle proof pants 30 minutes early
shirt, and tie 15 minutes early
car was packed last night
all other important info in my top hat on the kitchen table.
kiss my wife, she usually tells me to break a leg, I return in about two hours with a pay check, and I will take her to dinner.
Message: Posted by: Mindpro (Aug 8, 2010 10:21AM)
Now that's a system!
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mystoffelees (Aug 29, 2010 09:29AM)
Gotta wonder what Garcia and the Street Magic crowd do...
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Aug 29, 2010 09:34AM)
Daniel Garcia always wears shabby clothes, with a knit cap, it's his imaga. It's us guys that always try to look clean that have problems.
Message: Posted by: dg magic (Aug 30, 2010 02:36PM)
On 2010-08-29 10:34, Al Angello wrote:
Daniel Garcia always wears shabby clothes, with a knit cap, it's his imaga. It's us guys that always try to look clean that have problems.

Not necessarily Al :)

When performing for a gig, whether it be a corporate event or not, I always tend to do the same procedure:

1) I get a manicure the day before with a half buff so that my nails are not EXTREMELY shiny but still gleam.
2) I have an Armani suit that I get dry-cleaned the day before with light starch.
3) I shower, shave, and dress right before I walk out the door with my Jacket on a hanger.
4) I get a drive through car wash and wax on my way to the gig.

It's all kind of become a habit :)

D. Garcia
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Aug 30, 2010 06:41PM)
I guess I've only seen Daniel Garcia the lecturer.

Do you wear your knit hat for gigs?
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mystoffelees (Aug 31, 2010 06:01PM)
How cool, Danny! Hope some of the younger crowd read this...
Message: Posted by: TrickyRicky (Sep 6, 2010 06:59AM)
Hi Al.
I tried to get dress as late as possible.
I usually carry a extra set of clothing on hot days. My favourate changing places are Gas station wash rooms and coffee shops.
During the winter months, I carry only a extra shirt.
I try to look as neat and fresh at every performance, you don't want to go in front of the children smelly and sweaty.
Tricky Ricky
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Sep 6, 2010 10:10PM)
Ricky (Richard)
You are always one step ahead of me I bring shirt, tie, and matching suspenders, but I have never put a second pair of pants in my car.

I really do like that black shirt, and brightly colored tie look of yours.
Message: Posted by: Pat Perry (Oct 8, 2010 09:52AM)
For me, getting into my performance clothes is like a starting point for a show. I always dress at the venue, but before the audience is arriving. So my first impression is not a private. Traveling with performance clothes on, makes me feel uncomfortable. Very often I have to carry some stuff on stage. That's where casual clothes are very usefull.