The Christmas tree has been taken down, the fruitcake has been eaten, and no one is singing Christmas carols anymore.
But your holiday season isn’t over yet!
I had a great time this winter performing as Edna the Stressed-out Elf, a cute little Elfie mascot, and a more low-key Santa’s helper.
Each opportunity was different, fun, and satisfying. I’m glad I volunteered for those events.
How did your Christmas gigs go?
Was it a good season for you?
Now you have to wrap up the loose ends of your performances.
Whether you are a volunteer clown or a Santa Claus for-hire, it’s important to be professional and make the very end of your dealings just as jolly and bright as the beginnings.
Follow these steps to ensure future customer relations and good will towards all.
Post-Christmas Gig Checklist:
- Keep a record of your client contact information and performance notes in a spreadsheet or database. Even if you perform for free at a nursing home, you should still keep track of their information. You can mark down which gags or magic tricks you performed or how many balloons you used or how long the event was. This is important information to use in preparing for next year’s holiday events.
- Mail out a “Thank You” card to each client, even if you volunteered your time for the event. Invite them to post their photos of the event to your Facebook page or other social media accounts. Include a business card. Consider including a coupon for 10% off your regular fee if they hire you again within 6 months.
- Do you have other theme shows to offer? Are you working on a new stage show? This is a great opportunity to mention it in the card!
- Update your Facebook page with photos from the events; make an album for each event if you have dozens of pictures. Edit all those pictures now while it’s still on your mind. Make them ready for your website and set a date on the calendar for when you will update your site with those photos and your 2015 booking information. I recommend mid to late October.
- If you don’t use Facebook yet, please read my blog on WHY you should and HOW to get started.
- Before you pack it all away in the attic, examine your performance tools. Look over your props and supplies. Does anything need repair? Fix those small problems NOW before you forget about them and they become big problems later. Take stock of what you used and how much you used (face paints, balloons, give-aways, stickers, etc.). To save on shipping, wait to replenish your supply until later this Winter when you place an order for your Spring events. Before you pack it away, give your holiday costume and accessories a thorough cleaning.
- Set calendar notifications on your computer or smartphone to remind you in October and November to send off your newspaper ads, telephone your clients, restock your supplies, update your website and social media accounts, and get your props and costumes aired out.
- Write down at least two things you would like to improve before next Christmas. Learn a new design for face paint or balloon twisting? Build a new prop? New costume? Different venue? More promotion? New character? Different music or decorations?
- Want some ideas on how to expand your range of performance and characters? Click here to read my list of Fall and Winter gig ideas.
- Keep these goals posted where you can look at them on a regular basis and remind yourself to improve these things.
- Need help with creating and reaching goals? Click here to read my blog all about it!
- Get a jump start on organizing and buffing up your business. I’m talking taxes and education! Click here to read 5 realistic things you can do RIGHT NOW to help you prepare for next year.
- Need a little advice for improving your promotional materials for next year? Read this article.
Do you have more business suggestions for performers?
How do you wrap up your winter season of gigs?
Let us know if this advice has helped you!
Read more Christmas ideas from Pricilla Mooseburger:
- “Instant Reindeer” bit for Christmas parties
- 5 Things you can improve before January
- Clowns are a gift
- “Elf Yourself” with this easy how-to
- Clowning at the holidays
- Transform your clown skills into other characters
- Theme parties in and out of clown
- Be prepared for the New Year
Mooseburger Clown Arts Education has been running one of the world’s most well-rounded clown schools since 1996. Performers from all over the globe travel to Minnesota each summer for a fun and intensive clown training program. Each aspect of our clown camp is designed to meet your needs and boost your confidence as an entertainer.
Whether you want to join the circus, visit nursing homes, run your own birthday party business, paint faces, or twist balloons, there is something just for you at Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp.
Or call me toll-free to discuss your education and see if Mooseburger is the right fit for you: 800-973-6277