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Is it proffesional enough to wear a balloon hat at your gigs. (Festivals, birthday parties, ect...)

I would think it is because its what you do. But I would like to hear your guy's opinion.

Thanks.
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I think it is OK but only if you wear one you will make. I have seen some awsome hats but it slows the line down when all the kids in line want a tophat or a hat with one character chasing another and when they get to the end of the line they are told that he can not have then they have to spend the next 5 minutes thinking of what they have.

I think that just making balloons is enough to get you attention.

Also hats are HOT so I do not wear one when I work and if you are doing a line for tips or even to sell and yours pops I think it may discouarge buyers.

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Good points nums, thanks.

When you guys work, do you hand out your business cards to every child and teen you make a balloon for? Or do you just hand it out to those who ask? I have a big event comming up and want everyone there to know how to contact me.
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I only hand out business cards to the adults. I figure I can avoid a bunch of mess from some kid putting my number on their cell phone. I don't need the hassle of pranking kids or adults wanting to know what kind of 35 year old gives his number to the kids.

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My rule on cards is....balloons for the kids, cards for the adults...after all they are the ones with the $$$$$

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Good call NUMS! I have yet to have a kid hire me unless you count the 18 yr old young ladies that hired me to perform for a "Girl's Night Out" kinda thing. At my age, they're still kids.

Sammy the Kid that says "What happens at the gig, stays at the gig..."
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I was hoping they would give it to their parents who would keep it just in case. The reason I want to hand them out is because I'm not in the yellow pages, but I do have a website. The only way to get my website address or number, would be through my card.
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You are correct in that barring any other form of advertising you must give out cards. But look at it another way, you are a car salesman and while the kids may want a card they do not have the $$$$ I would rather give my card to 10 parents than 1000 kids, They just get shoved into pockets, trash cans and every where else.

Even if the kid loves you and what you do it is fleeting at best in most cases, I have had parents, agter getting my card call to book me because their kid HAD to have me at their party only to call me back in a week saying they wanted to have a princess party like Suzie had. Now this has only happened a couple of times in the 12 years I have been doing this.

Get your cards into some parents, they will hire you and THEN if you do a good job others will hire you and it will grow from there. I went from part time to full time in just over 2 years.

Best of luck

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Thanks again, it sounds like you are very successfull. I will take your advice on the business cards. I'll entertain the best I can and I'm positive adults will want my card.
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I have always believed that giving your business cards to the kids can be a really classy move--if you create a ritual around it. For instance, if the card is a reminder of a trick or a reminder to come back to that restaurant again next week, or if it's a kind of trading card, or the golden ticket to the perfect birthday party, or whatever. This often happens in front of the parents as well, and parents are impressed when a kid picks up your card and you tell them they can keep it, and then hand one to each family member. Parents appreciate everyone getting the same thing, and even though it's not handed to the kid with the purpose of them hiring you, it raises your percieved value by using it as a kind of giveaway memento to the child.
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Here is tip I learnt guys,

When I do family events and shows when there are so many people. I give out my cards to the adults (as stated above) however I also perform a magic trick with something that they can keep with my website and my name on it. To a child a business card is nothing, they will want it because kids take anything. But if you them a gift that is memorable they will keep it and if the parents loses your card, they will still have you website.

something I learnt.
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On 2008-09-04 22:41, Sammy the Kid wrote:
Good call NUMS! I have yet to have a kid hire me unless you count the 18 yr old young ladies that hired me to perform for a "Girl's Night Out" kinda thing. At my age, they're still kids.

Sammy the Kid that says "What happens at the gig, stays at the gig..."

"What happens at the gig, stays at the gig..."
What, did you do something with or to the 18 year olds? You speak like a pig, Sammy.
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Louie, you give me too much credit now. I NEVER do ANYTHING of that nature with or to clients. But a group of young women tend to be emboldened by each other to try to embarrass or tease the one guy in the room. My statement was meant to be more along the lines of "Don't tell my wife the things I saw or she'll never let me work again!".
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