One of the great things about performing at fairs is you get to work with all sorts of acts. Not just various styles of acts, but act all from different points or their careers. Sometimes you’ll get a newer local act, and huge, international headliners and sometimes you’ll get an amazing act that’s retired, but lives in town and that’s the one gig a year they do…and everything in between.
When I’m at the fair, I try to watch everyone’s show. There’s so much to learn from the any act you watch.
- I’ve written about this before, but I got reminded of why having a “high” show is important and why you need to keep all the action in your show (in most venues) above your belly button.
- The importance of having some sort of music in the background (in most routines).
- Why to keep backups of props that could break…because they will!
- And finally to play every gig like it’s a sold out show…even if it’s raining and the bleachers are uncovered and virtually empty.
All four of these things are things that I already know, but it’s a good reminder to see them and having them moved to the front of my brain!