I have been a Birthday and Party Entertainer in Miami and South Florida for over three years now. I'd think that most kids & event entertainers would agree with me on how event entertainers would like to be treated by their clients.
This advice is for clients who hire family and event entertainers directly. It doesn't apply to Booking Agents or Party Planners. So, here we go:
The Care and Feeding of a Birthday and Party Entertainer (in Miami, South Florida and everywhere else)
Please know when your party starts. Too often your guests are late for the party. I understand, here, in South Florida, Latin culture rules. And it's fine. Just account for that and give us the time when most of your guests will arrive.
Please don't force very small kids to interact with a balloon artist or face painter when they don’t want to. It is cruel, dangerous and not entertaining at all.
Please have your show payment ready in advance. Better yet, pay at the beginning of the show. Entertainers are often booked back to back and they don't have time to waste at the end of the show.
Please be nice to entertainers. They work hard and long hours. Say thank you. Show your appreciation. Entertainers might not have a chance to eat between their gigs. You can pack some food for them to go. They will appreciate it. Most entertainers are in a hurry to their next gig and would appreciate this little hospitality gesture.
That said, I never had a bad client experience so far. But I heard all kind of stories from other South Florida entertainers. I always rave about how nice my clients are and they are, indeed. However, there are a number of clients who makes me feel very special and it doesn't take much. Thank You. Thank You.