On this episode of the Moisture Festival Podcast we talk to the hilarious Michael Rayner. We discuss with Michael a variety of different subjects including his successes as a commercial actor, his recent Tik Tok fame and what caused him to become a comedian and juggler.
He gives some great tips on how to find your voice as a comedian, what is a realistic aspiration in this industry and how setting goals and sticking to them can change your life. A fun and insightful conversation with one of Moisture Festival’s favorite acts.
Today the Moisture Festival Podcast takes you behind the curtain of the 2022 festival! Matt and Louie take you through a day as an artist at the festival and we chat with the volunteers that make the festival happen!!
Last week while performing at the Moisture Festival, I hosted one show. One of your jobs as MC is to read their announcements, which is a pretty long list that has to happen up front before you introduce the first act. The announcements are things like fire exit instructions.
During my MC spot, I took those on right away and did those the first thing out. It really fell flat, and I had to dig out of a hole.
After the show Jamy Ian Swiss pulled me aside and reminded me of something I already knew, but didn’t do. He said, “Never start the show with announcements“. He’s right, and I’m glad he mentioned it to me. It’s something I know, put didn’t put into practice. I’m 1000% glad he mentioned that to me, otherwise this could have been the beginning of starting a bad habit while MCing.
In Seattle we just wrapped up the third week of the Moisture Festival. This is a four week variety arts festival and has tons of amazing acts!
One of the great things about performing in festivals like this is that you get to work with some of the top acts in the world! Plus the audiences at the festival are also some of the best audiences in the world!
On this blog on the 1st and 15th of the month I publish The Moisture Festival Podcast where Matt Baker and I interview all of the performers and people the make the festival happen. There are tons of great insights in the interviews on the podcast.
I started this weekend at the festival and will be performing in it next weekend as well. If you’re ever in Seattle during the festival, this is something you need to check out! -Louie
My big project right now is co-hosting a podcast for a variety arts festival where we interview the performers and the people behind the scenes that make the festival work. One thing I’ve notice when interviewing performers is some are good interviews and some are more challenging interviews, and I can predict who will be … Continue reading “Work on Your Origin Story…”
My big project right now is co-hosting a podcast for a variety arts festival where we interview the performers and the people behind the scenes that make the festival work. One thing I’ve notice when interviewing performers is some are good interviews and some are more challenging interviews, and I can predict who will be which.
Before someone comes in for an interview, we do research on them. We read their “offical bio” as well as try to do some digging for some other things about them that might be out there. Usually the more someone has out there, the better the interview is. If there’s just one bio that’s repeated around, they’ll be a harder interview. This is simply because they haven’t told their story very often. They haven’t learned the punchlines of the story, or what parts are interesting and what isn’t.
The one question that stumps people that haven’t told their story is, “How did you get to (name of city they live in)?” If you can’t tell me that is a direct way that’s interesting, you don’t know your story. Personally this is a story I tell on stage and it’s got a lot of laughs in it. Your story doesn’t need to have laughs, but you need to learn to tell it and take out all of the BS and make it interesting. This is a common question, and it’s also one that’s easy to shoehorn into any interview if it’s not asked. Take a few minutes, write it out and figure out what’s important and what isn’t.