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5 Tips for Aspiring Entertainers

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Not surprisingly, the highest concentration of entertainment workers in the U.S. can be found in Los Angeles, with New York City falling close behind, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Orlando and Nashville are also home to some of the largest concentrations of entertainment-related services, but no matter where you are in the country, if you hope to break into the industry, these tips can help you achieve success.

Create Your Own Opportunities

The perfect job isn’t going to just land in your lap, you need to create many different opportunities for yourself, like taking advantage of social media, creating a website with a blog and a YouTube channel, showing up at open mic nights, jam sessions or auditions, depending on your particular aspirations, whether it’s to be a comedian, actor or musician. You’ll probably need to perform free to showcase your talents and get people talking. Keeping busy will help feed your creative spirit and keep the momentum going.

Take Advantage of As Many Marketing Opportunities as Possible

Marketing is a critical aspect for any aspiring entertainer. In addition to being skilled at your chosen art, you’ll have to learn how to be an expert marketer, pushing your own brand. The main reason there is so much “untapped” talent out there is that many talented people don’t know how to market themselves. While having an agent can help, that agent is also going to take a significant cut of your earnings, so you’ll want to take advantage of other avenues like a talent booking agency so those looking to hire entertainers can easily find you without a traditional talent agent involved.

Develop a Thick Skin

While it can be easier said than done, developing a thick skin and not taking anything personally is essential with so much competition out there. It comes with practices, which is why you need to continually put yourself out there. Don’t let a “no” stop your momentum or bring down your confidence. You’ll get turned down many, many times, but the key to success is the ability to quickly bounce back. Think of a “no” as a blessing that’s preparing you for something much better and be thankful for the time you saved from taking a job that wasn’t all that great anyway.

Understand Who Your Audience Is

Whether you’re a musician, singer, actor, or another type of entertainer, it’s a must to understand who your audience is so that you can market to them. For example, if you’re a Jazz artist, your audience is generally made up of college-educated people who own their homes, may have grown children, and enjoy fine wine. That will make decisions like how to target them and where to perform much easier.

Always be a Professional

To be successful in any job, you need to show up on time and be prepared, but perhaps it’s even more important as an aspiring entertainer with all the stiff competition. It’s a must to respect the work by knowing your material inside and out, respecting whoever is in charge, return calls and emails promptly, and communicate clearly regarding all business matters. That includes money – you need to know what you’re worth and ask for what you deserve. If you don’t respect yourself, no one else will.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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On The Road Entertainment

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Travelling is one of the best activities you can take part in to clear your mind. However, getting to your desired destination might be tiresome and boring. Depending on the means of travel you use, there are many activities you can engage in to reduce boredom during your journey. Thanks to technological advancements, the internet provides a wide range of entertainment for long journeys. With a good phone or laptop and a good internet connection, you can access thousands of games and reading material. Here are some online activities you can engage in to reduce boredom while travelling over long distances.

Online casino practice

Thanks to the internet, you no longer need physical casinos to enjoy your favorite games. There are various platforms offering casino games on mobile devices. This allows you to pass the time while waiting to get to your destination. For instance, you can perfect your blackjack skills with the best online casinos on your device while on the bus or waiting for your flight at the airport lounges. If you don’t wish to play with money, many platforms offer free accounts where you can play with virtual cash.

Reading

Travelling allows you to finish reading a book or start on a new read. However, carrying physical books on a long-distance trip is tedious. There are reading apps that grant you access to hundreds of softcopy books. Having these apps makes it easier for you to read books while on the journey. 

Reading engages your mind; it takes your attention away from the distance and tediousness of the journey. Some online reading apps require paid subscriptions, while some are free. However, free reading apps provide limited collections of books. You might have to purchase a soft copy or audio version of the book you intend to read from online stores such as Amazon Kindle.

Dream away

The easiest way to engage your mind while travelling is by dreaming away. Think of exciting scenarios or items you might wish to have or once had at your destination. Dreaming away allows you to engage your creative mind. If you are an artist, you can develop exciting ideas of how you will improve your craft or start a new project. You can watch a movie or random videos online to stimulate your creative thinking while on the journey. If you are a cinematographer, you can watch behind the scene videos to get new ideas for your projects.

There are many other online activities you can engage in while travelling to reduce boredom. These activities include uploading photos you take as you pass different places. Uploading updates on the internet is also practical. Or you can spark conversations on your social media platforms with people of similar interests as you. Interesting conversations draw your attention from the journey making it more interesting.

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Vaping in a Post Pandemic World

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It’s been a good long while since we’ve written about the subject of vaping. Almost two years of a long while, to be exact. And in that article, we wrote about vaping all around the globe. By necessity, we have to now take our focus to the here and now, where our spaces to move about are, at least temporarily, much more limited.

Let’s take a good long hard look at how the world of vaping has changed in the year 2020. Here are some of the things we have observed.

Time To Order Online

Because of increasing legal issues, as well as, of course, the current pandemic situation, it’s pretty hard to find a brick and mortar vape store open to the public these days. And honestly, if you can even find one, it’s probably going to be pretty sketchy and not big on things like warranties and customer service, to say the least!

It’s much better to get your vape kits juices and supplies etc. at a reliable and confidence-inspiring online vape store where you can pay by credit card and have some recourse in the worst of circumstances. Also, the selection, as it has always been, will be way better online.

Also obviously, ordering online is generally a whole lot more discreet than having to physically go somewhere.

Vaping Controversy in 2020

We aren’t going to pull punches with this one. Vaping all over the world, especially in places like Sinagpore, Hong Kong, and in the United States of America, is facing legal challenges like never before.

It is not the scope or intent of this article to try and act as or take the place of medical professionals in any way shape or form. There is one thing we would like to bring to the reader’s attention, however. It’s pretty curious how the current trend of anti-vaping legislation aims for a “nicotine-free” world, when tobacco companies the world over seem to be getting a pass yet again.

The jury is still out, scientifically speaking, regarding the possible risks and benefits of vaping as compared to smoking. The health detriments due to smoking traditional cigarettes, however, are well-known and quite severe. It can only be hoped that at least further legislation could be made a but more equitable. It seems pretty evident that vaping is being attacked specifically because of its relative newness and its potential to erode the traditional tobacco industry more than out of any genuine concern for public health.

Conclusions

It looks like in the long-term, vaping is here to stay, and we hope that it doesn’t wind up going underground. It would be much better to have a regulated industry for vaping that adds to public coffers via taxes, is controlled and adheres to best industry practices in a strict fashion. We believe this is not too much to hope for.

2020 has been a tough year for all of us. Some of us are glad to have vaping as an option to help us get through these tough times.

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Great Ways to Have Fun Online

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Sometimes it’s good to talk about the online life. We’ve previously tackled how to make money  Website Online, and now we want to talk a bit about how to relax and enjoy oneself while online.

It should be clearly noted that travel is still the most awesome thing on the planet. But, as everybody has had made super clear to them, sometimes travel has to wait for a bit. Also, when you’re powering your way around the globe, sometimes you just want to hole up somewhere for a week or so and recharge the batteries, entertaining yourself while online.

Whether you find yourself looking for a website online, something fresh in Florence, or something amazing in Amsterdam, the internet can sometimes really be your best friend in certain times.

Start or Join an Online Book Club

This is actually a great way to not online find excellent new reading materi0al, it’s also an amazing way to meet new friends. Of course, you all start out with an interest in common, so breaking the ice is really easy!

The best part of this is, if done a certain way, this doesn’t have to cost you a dime! Many major public libraries have decided to make their online content 100% free. And by free, we mean free worldwide! The famous and prestigious New York Public Library is among these entities, so you can imagine that there will be no shortage of great free material for those of you who choose to go this route.

Play Games Online

This is super overlooked, but besides obvious serious and semi-serious chess which has been around on the internet for literally decades, there are lot of great options to play with friends online. One great recommendation that came to Four Jandals was online Monopoly. You can set up these types of games usually so you can play with family and friends or with complete strangers, as you so wish. Watch out for those sneaky railroads, they can cost you the game! For the more thrill seeking among you, many online casinos often offer for-cash versions of the game these days.

Google Street View

Yes, you read that right. Google Street view can be amazingly fun. Depending on where you look on the world, you can do a virtual walking tour of almost anywhere, in incredible detail. Here are some favorite uses for Google Street View that aren’t only good time killers, they may even be more than a bit educational:

-Take a tour of the neighborhoods and addresses you used to live in, especially during your childhood. Yes, everything really did seem a lot bigger back in the day!

-Check out places that are very hot, cold, dangerous, inaccessible, etc. without having to actually be there. You can sometimes walk through war zones on Google Street View without a care in the world.

-If you have friends you have never met in real life before, you can get their addresses and check out what life may be like in their neck of the woods.

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Cole and AdelaWe have been wearing out our jandals (Kiwi for flip-flops) on our travel adventures around the world since 2009. We think our blog is thought provoking and a little witty. But we have been proven wrong before. Find out more about us here...

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