Top Five Tips On Making It In Entertainment

If you are one of the many people hoping for a career in entertainment then we know how difficult it can be to stay motivated and make your mark. Whether you have ambitions as an actor, singer, dancer or model there are lots of ways that you can help to maximise your chances. Here are some of our top five pieces of advice on how to approach your career in entertainment.

Enjoy yourself. Don’t lose sight of why you started on your path to making it in entertainment. Creative work should be fun above all else and you will produce your best results when you approach it as something you enjoy. Taking yourself too seriously can cause unnecessary stress and drain you of the star quality that everyone is looking for, so stay positive and avoid a ‘make or break’ attitude.

Get organised. The small things can really make a difference to how you run your life and career so get on top of the nuts and bolts and it will really help you to focus on the areas that need attention. Get back to basics – stay fit and healthy, keep your home and work place tidy, balance your books and contribute to your relationships. When you feel that these things are in order you will find that you have more mental freedom and confidence which will ultimately improve each performance.

Be reliable. No one reacts well to broken promises and let downs so if you say you’ll do something make sure you do it. Actions speak louder than words and in a competitive industry it will benefit you greatly to build a reputation as a performer who can be relied upon.

Don’t gossip. As an artist starting out it may feel that people won’t notice your grumbles or dramas with others in the business; but the industry is not as big as you think. With this in mind avoid getting into any negativity. Communicate clearly to avoid misunderstandings and try to avoid idle gossip as you never know who’s feathers you may ruffle.

Work hard. We we all have to work to achieve the life we dream about, generally nothing comes easy. Don’t expect things to fall into place without a lot of dedication or you may well be disappointed. Perseverance is an essential trait if you wish to make it into entertainment.

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25 Creative Summer Fun Tips for Families

Summer is meant to be a great time to enjoy your kids and reconnect in-between school years. Unfortunately, many Moms feel overwhelmed with trying to find ways to entertain their children day in and day out-for months. No more stressing needed! I have come up with 25 tips to help Moms enjoy the summer months with their kids. Some involve you and some are ways you can let your children entertain themselves. All are awesome, fun and a great opportunity to keep the kids busy in the summer months. I have tried to keep frugal in mind as well!

OK, on to the sanity tips…

25 Summer Fun Tips to Help Moms Create Family Bonding Time

1. Sidewalk Fun. If you have a sidewalk, driveway or other spot on your property that the kids can use, then this is a great tip. Let them make art. They can use chalk, sidewalk paint, soap, or any other washable item that can get the job done. Children love to be creative, and this is a great way not only to get their creative juices flowing, it will also get them out of the house!

2. Make a Picture Book. This is a great way to incorporate thinking into the summer. Choose a recent family event, vacation, whatever-and have them create a picture book of the event. Then, have them “read” the book to you.

3. Frozen Tummy Yummies. My kids LOVE to be in the kitchen with me. Summer is a great time to get creative with frozen treats. You do not need any fancy Popsicle makers either. Use an ice tray. You will need yogurt, juice, fruit, and other healthy tidbits for this project. Let the children make their own concoctions. Help them pour them into whatever molds you have. Freeze and enjoy the tastings!

4. Park Day. Pack a picnic lunch and head out to a local park. I recommend morning hours for less heat. Lather up the kids with sunblock and let them run around. Plan some activities our there too-Frisbee, catch, tag, etc. Eat some lunch and head home. These are the days your kids will remember for a lifetime.

5. Day Trip. Do some research. See what is within 1-2 hours from your home that would be affordable and appealing to your family. Plan it. Do it. One day. Lifetime of memories.

6. Beach Day. Need I say more?

7. Family Building Project. Nothing is more bonding then DOING something together-as a family. Make something together. A few ideas; tree house, fort, shelf, cat tree, scratching post, dog house, furniture, doll house, etc. Sky’s the limit with this one. Just be safe, and make sure there is adult supervision for the entire project.

8. Reading. Read to your kids as often as possible and have them read to you. Read, read, read.

9. Learn Something New. Pick something that would be doable for you and your kids to learn together, and get busy learning. This is a great way to enrich both of your lives AND make the most of time you have.

10. Start a Hobby. This is a GREAT way to bond with your kids. Some hobby ideas: knitting, scrap booking, painting, jewelry making, soap making, puzzles, etc. No matter the hobby, bonding is inevitable and you will also have beautiful creations you made together along with lifetime memories.

11. Water Fun. Let’s face it, summer can be brutally hot-especially if you live in warmer climates. Water makes summer more fun! Fill up a toddler pool and let your little ones enjoy the cool water (ALWAYS supervise children around water!), have a splash contest, turn on the hose, have a water balloon war-or tossing competition. Want to save on water? Let the kids play in the sprinklers when you need to water your grass. It’s a win win.

12. Grow Something. Plant a tree, grow an herb garden, plant some flowers or start a vegetable garden.

13. Family Charades Night. Schedule a night that you will play charades. Do not worry about technical rules if you have little ones. Acting out is fun enough. The guessing is a blast as well. I made my own age appropriate topics. I would tear strips of paper and write words on them like; happy, bloated, elephant, growing, etc. Then throw them in a basket and we would pick one and act it out. Simple. Fun. FREE.

14. Let the “Beatings” Begin. This is a family tradition in our home. Daddy gets daily “beatings” from the kids. I (MOM) will “call for the beatings” to begin and the kids will attack daddy with a tickle fest. They will tickle him until I call them off. LOL! It is a lot of fun and the kids get to have some not-so-rough-housing time with daddy! Note: you can do this as a family, just the kids, Mom, etc. Just set rules of no hitting and keep watch so it does not get out of hand.

15. Pet Fun. Tell the kids to play with the family dog/cat (if you have one), or walk the dog. Get them involved with caring for the family pets as well-feeding, bathing, etc.

16. Target Walk. We have another inexpensive tradition. When we have no idea what to do, we take a trip to our local Target. We walk around the back side and end aisles of the store and look at all of their clearance items. We use it as an opportunity to get things we need as well. However, we have left with not one item many times. If the kids are good, they MAY get a treat from the dollar section. However, not always, but when it’s doable we do. Believe it or not-they love our Target walks. It is our little thing as a family.

17. Family Walk. Number 16 is what we do on especially hot days-all year round really. However, we also go on family walks around the neighborhood. It is a slow and relaxing walk and a great opportunity to talk.

18. Photo Shoot. Have your kids play dress up while you play photographer. They will feel like they are the center of attention and you will have pictures to enjoy for a lifetime.

19. Scrapbook. After you are all done with number 18, get the pics developed and make a scrapbook together. Of course, scrap-booking is a great way to have fun and bond with your kids. Pick a recent family event or vacation and create a scrapbook. You will not only have the day recorded for years of future enjoyment, you will have a wonderful time creating it with your children.

20. Get your Family Picture Done. Why not do this in the summer months? With all the free time, it is another day to use up doing something as a family.

21. Fast Food. This is a great tip for Moms with younger children. Grab some yummy lunch at a fast food restaurant that has a “play place”, and let the little ones burn some energy. It is air conditioned for Mom and a great way for them to burn some energy. This works for any fast food chain with a play place for kids.

22. Pillow Fight. This is a lot of fun. You just need to make sure you set rules and are careful with younger ones. It is another free way to burn energy and keep the kids moving.

23. Family Scavenger Hunt. Everyone must find an item for every letter of the alphabet. So, they find an item that starts with A, then B, then C and so on. You can have a prize box for winners. Everyone wins-but whoever is first place get first choice, second next, and so on.

24. Mad Libs. This is loads of fun. You can do this while relaxing in the house, driving (of course someone who is NOT driving should be writer. LOL) or any time. It is an easy way to have a great time with the family.

25. Garage Sale. This is not only a great way to make some extra money, if you do it as a family, it can be another bonding experience. Plan it and do it from start to finish-as a family. Get the kids involved by having them go through their rooms for items to sell, set up and even sign making. All ages can help out with this one.

I hope these 25 tips get the juices flowing. We only have a limited time with our kids-we need to take any and every opportunity we can to bond and enjoy them!

Have an AWESOME summer with your kids, Moms!

Kids’ Party Entertainers – How To Make The Party Fun

When it comes to hiring kids entertainers for your child’s next birthday party, the problem is often in the choosing. After all, there are so many choices out there! To make things easier for yourself, narrow your pickings down by (1) deciding on a party theme, and (2) taking your child’s age group into consideration.

Everything Starts With The Theme

Having a party theme to work with makes everything easier! When you have a theme, it’s a lot easier to choose the right kind of kids party entertainers. Choosing the food and drinks, the decorations, and the party favours is also a lot simpler when you have a theme handy.

Consider The Child’s Age

Another thing to consider when choosing children’s party entertainers is your child’s age. Younger kids won’t mind having clowns around, so no worries there. Just make sure the clowns aren’t scary — you know how some people are with clowns!

It’s often better to offer something unexpected and unfamiliar when it comes to entertainment. Kids may like quieter, more mature, and more creative kids entertainers, such as face painters, balloon artists, comedians, and magicians. Even themed pony shows are great ways to keep the kids occupied throughout the party.

What’s Your Budget?

There will always be entertainers out there who charge ridiculously cheap rates, and it’s tempting to hire such entertainers when you’re on a tight budget. But remember the saying “you get what you pay for” and a first birthday or a 5th birthday only gets celebrated once, why risk the memories hiring a cheap kids party entertainer (newbie, less experienced performers). It’s a whole lot better to shell out a little extra money for the peace of mind of working with true professional entertainers.

Check Their Background

Here’s one last tip to consider — when choosing kids party entertainers, check their track record. How long have they been in business? What are people saying about them? Are there any places on the Internet where people have left feedback about them? (Hint: log on to Facebook and see if they have a fan page.)

Also, don’t hesitate to call them up. When talking to them, trust your gut – do you feel like you can trust them? Would you be comfortable having these entertainers around your kids?

Here’s a bonus tip: If you’re in Australia, check if the entertainer has a Working With Children Police Check (WWCC) card. Also, check if they carry public liability. They are, after all, running a business – make sure they’re 100% legit! While things almost never go wrong at a kid’s party, it’s always better to work with a team of entertainers who are passionate enough about their profession to cover all the bases!

The History of Creativity

History of Business Creativity and Innovation
* NOTE: Any semblance of historical or factual accuracy is hereby denied and please keep in mind that the authoris not a historian nor does he playa historians on TV.
The “Caveicius” Fred Flintstone period
During this period, men and women lived in caves and were running for their lives from giant beasts like saber-toothed tigers and T-Rexes and Donald Trump. They had to be creative just to survive. They did creative things like coming up with fire, spears, bowls, eating utensils, etc. They even did artwork and left it in the cave for us to find. That was nice of them. They found 75 uses for fur and 89 uses for bones. They were very resourceful. OK they had to be.
Lesson: You don’t need resources to be creative. It is possible to be creative with few resources and limited materials.

The Greco-Roman “Lend me your ears” Period
During this period, lots of cool statues were created, some without arms. Philosophy and learning were certainly moved forward creatively by people like Plato and Socrates. Socrates said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” The pyramids were built in Greenwich Village and then moved stone by stone to Egypt. We can’t figure out the engineering genius with which they were built – even today! Athletic competition was taken to a new level (without major corporate sponsors but with quite a bit of nudity) and this model became our future Olympics (minus the nudity). Architecture took another leap forward with Coliseums and other cool buildings that only exist in ruins today. Pizza
was invented. Hail, Little Caesar!
Lesson: When thought moves forward and advanced thought is appreciated and fostered, amazing things happen.

The Iron Age “Wrinkle Free” Period
This was a cool age because iron was invented and it was so much easier to iron a shirt with iron instead of wood. The iron skillet was invented and things like omelets sure started to taste better. Weapons took at great leap forward which was appreciated by the Vikings but not so much by the towns they invaded. In this era, the entertainment choices improved with jousting, clowns, jesters, juggling, HBO and the like. Science moved forward with Newton and others thinking creatively about gravity and the earth being round not flat. Many revolutionary ideas came to fruition and some folks actually died for their ideas, labeled as heretics for their thoughts. This doesn’t seem to us to have been an
incredibly fun time with the plague and those nasty crusades. But the armor was pretty cool.
Lesson: When first presented, new ideas often seem crazy and dangerous and wrong
but they need someone to champion them forward.

The Renaissance “Da Vinci Code” Period
This was called the renaissance for a reason — some of the greatest art, inventions and other modern developments occurred during this period. Leonardo Da Vinci invented many things during this time (Helicopter, Tank, Flying Machine, Bottled Water) but the technology did not exist to build them. This didn’t stop him – he simply drew detailed diagrams and schematics on paper. He also painted the Mona Lisa. Nat King Cole appreciated this much later because it made for a great song. Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel, and sculpted the famous “David” statue out of marble all without power tools from Home Depot. He also did the “Larry and Mo” sculpture, but it is somewhat
less famous. New churches were born and architecture, science, literature, politics, business, and medicine all moved dramatically forward. The printed word started with Guttenberg and many monks rejoiced because they didn’t have to write books out by hand anymore. Jeff Bezos was also pleased. The rapid buildup of ideas in this era was amazing. Each artist and inventor learned from those that came before them.
Lesson: When developing ideas, have a sponsor. All of the great artists of this age had patrons who sponsored them. Secondly, understand what has come before and build on those ideas toward your next big breakthrough.

The Colonial “Go Fly a Kite” Period
This was an era of brilliant men and women who created new, useful inventions and founded countries and learned how to travel a long way by boat. Luminaries such as Washington, Jefferson and Franklin did amazing things. Jefferson built a house and invented the dumb waiter. (This is not the guy who forgets to bring your water even when you ask twice.) Franklin invented the Franklin Stove, the Free Library and the new system for the Post Office. Washington moved the country forward by refusing to be King (as was suggested by many.) This age is marked by resourcefulness – the ability to invent something because there was a pressing need. False teeth weren’t so hot but the Franklin Stove made wood burn 85% more efficiently. Even the methods of the battlefield were questioned (“Hey, let’s not stand in an open field like the British and get shot – let’s hide behind trees!”)
Lesson: Never be afraid to question WHY things are the way they are… and try to makethem BETTER in sometimes small and/or obvious ways.

The Industrial “My Ten Year Old Works In a Factory” Period
This period ushered in mass production – the notion of creating something more than one at a time. This brought both abundance in being able to make enough for everyone and also the ability to mass produce things that were “artistic” like vases and furniture and all the things you see on Antique Road Show. The era also had the Chicago World’s Fair and a little fellow named Thom Edison who invented so many things people can’t even remember it all (light bulb, phonograph, tickertape, quick dry cement, several models of radios). This was also the golden age of French Impressionism with Manet, Monet, Renoir and company. The radio and telephone and automobile and electricity all entered
the scene in this era and had far-reaching effects on everyday life and society in general. It was an electrifying time. Carmen Electra’s father was born. It brought the world closer together and information could be anywhere quickly. It was the age of Mark Twain and Madame Curie and PT Barnum. Henry Ford made cars affordable through the invention of the assembly line and replaceable parts. It made him rich and later gave us the Pinto.
Lesson: We can mass produce and still make something creative and mass production can lead to increases in BOTH creativity and efficiency.

Prewar “My Momma is a Flapper” period
This is an era that brought us the golden age of radio with The Shadow and The Lone Ranger and War of the Worlds with Orson Welles. (The Tom Cruise version came much later). It is the age when clothing styles and fashion were big for the first time and silent movies shaped how we viewed the world. Commercial airline flights began to take shape and as one executive said, “We can now get from LA to New York in 48 hours.” Some kid named Walt Disney started to make cartoons. This was an era when prohibition was the law of the land, but many folks ignored it. Of course, many folks also went blind drinking bathtub gin. Highways started to be built and cruise ships made the world even
smaller, if more fattening. Edison kept inventing stuff.
Lesson: When creativity meets technology, the speed of idea generation increases because information and resources are more readily available.

World War I-II “Over There” Period
OK, war is hell. We agree. The era of the wars was a time of phenomenal creativity out of necessity. Artificial rubber, artificial butter (now known as margarine), SPAM (OK, soit wasn’t all pretty), and artificial chocolate (Carob) all were developed because the troops needed the real stuff overseas. Women went to work to replace the men and this was a revolutionary thought. Women building tanks? Thank you, Rosie the Riveter! German scientists were developing rockets for bombs but would later become our NASA rocket scientists. Gas-filled blimps, new fabrics and the material none of us could live without – PLASTIC – was invented. Capital One was excited and immediately started offering their new plastic credit cards which were much lighter than the old slate ones.
This was an era of sadness but remarkable resourcefulness.
Lesson: Adversity and necessity can lead to remarkable breakthroughs in creativity.

So, as you can see, history has taught us many great lessons about creativity. What do we do with this information now in our own era? We use all the lessons from the past to shape our future creativity. We think it is silly to overlook the past when we can learn from it and (more importantly) use it!

Creative Entertainment Ideas for Babysitters

The more regularly you babysit, the harder it can get to come up with creative entertainment ideas for the kids. Even hide and seek, Twister, painting, and watching videos can get boring for both the kids and the babysitter.

To be the kids’ favourite babysitter, you need to have a few tricks up your sleeve for both rainy days and warm summer days when going outside is an option.

Presents for Mum and Dad

All kids can be creative if given the opportunity and the materials. You don’t need to spend much money on props for this type of activity. Chances are the kids will already have most of what is needed at home. If not, just pop into your local stationery or arts and crafts store to purchase some basics: craft glue, coloured paper, stickers, glitter etc.

What really motivates kids to get creative is if you aim to please mum and dad when they get home. Impromptu gifts are a lovely surprise, and will also give you babysitter brownie points.

Easy projects include photo collages, paintings, cards, paper mache and dried pasta art.

New Skills

All of us boast a talent of some sort whether it’s an obvious one like singing or acting, or a more hidden one like writing poetry or gardening. Use your talent to entertain the kids.

If you’re a keen musician, either perform for the kids or learn some songs together. You could also create your own band. Build instruments out of household items such as bins, pots, brooms and alike. You can present the end result to mum and dad when they get home.

Gardening is a great thing to get the kids involved with, weather and parents permitting. Ask whether it would be OK to pot around with the kids, teaching them a bit about how to do weeding and how regularly to water the plants.

Science Experiments

Every child loves a bit of experimenting. It’s a great way to get them more interested in how the world works, as well as studying harder for the science-based subjects at school.

Science experiments don’t have to be complicated, and certainly don’t have to be dangerous. In some cases, all you need is a few common household items to demonstrate such phenomena as gravity, magnetism and more.

For example, a popular experiment is to create a fruit battery. This does, however, require a few extra bits and bobs, but if you can get your hands on them, the kids will have a great time, and will learn about electricity.