How To Spot A Bad Kids Entertainer
There are some amazing kids entertainers in the UK. Obviously we are biased, we think that the entertainers at Non Stop Kids Entertainment are the very best. However, there are other great kids entertainers as well. Performers like Carl & Dave, John Kimmons, Simon Sparkles, Wynn Jones, Stu Hodgson, Gary Dunn and PJ to name a few.
Unfortunately, there are some terrible kids entertainers as well, so bad that if you hired them they would embarrass you at best and ruin your child’s party at worst. It's crazy scary to think about.
How Can I Spot A Bad Entertainer?
So, the question is how do you spot a bad kids entertainer? How do you make sure you hire the right person? While researching acts, there are certain things you should look out for. Things that will make your decision easier and make sure you hire the right entertainer. In this Blog, we're going to go through everything you need to know and help you get the right entertainer for your child's party!
Showreels And Video Footage!
Most kids entertainers these days will have video footage of their act. Some will have an actual showreel while others will have a video of them performing. It’s difficult to get video footage at a kids party but not impossible. Having some sort of video footage for you to watch shows that they care and want to present themselves as amazing performers. You want to study these videos and make sure that the performer is as good as they say they are.
Firstly, check that the entertainer has a website. In this day and age, not having a website really speaks volumes about their act in question. A website is a virtual shop front for the business you are researching. There should be photos, videos, testimonials and a load of information about the performer and what they do. Checking out the website will really help you decide if the performer is competent or not. If you find a website that matches these requirements and is filled with five star ratings, they may be the right entertainer for you!
Their Phone Manner!
When you are trying to decide which entertainer to book, a great idea is to give them a call and speak to them on the phone. Remember these people are entertainers and this should come across speaking to them over the phone as well. They should be bright, upbeat and excited! If they sound bored or boring, you have to question whether they are the right person to hire. Someone's manner of voice can really speak a lot about people.
Of course, there should be reviews on a kids entertainers website. These reviews are the key to proving an entertainer is as good as they claim to be. There should be reviews and testimonials from previous clients. However, you should look in other places as well. For example, Facebook reviews are a great way to gauge how good a performer is. If they have no Facebook reviews that could be an issue. Another places to consider searching include Google, Net Mums, Trustpilot and Mums Net. The bottom line is good entertainers will have lots of amazing reviews that you can read throughout various websites.
It’s not 1990 anymore and social media is huge for both individuals and business owners. More people make buying decisions based on social media than ever before. If the entertainer you are researching has no presence on social media, you should ask yourself why. At the very least they should have a Facebook Page. However, you should also check out Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn to see if they have a presence there as well. While you are on Facebook check out their visitor posts to see what their customers are saying about them. Social media is a must!
Word Of Mouth!
Recommendation is the best form of marketing. If something is bad, it’s human nature to tell everyone. Think about the last time you had a bad experience, you probably told everyone that would listen. Once you have a shortlist of entertainers, ask friends if they can recommend the entertainer. If anyone has seen them before they will soon tell you if they are good or not. Never underestimate the power of vocal communication!
The Age Of The Performer!
This next point is a little controversial but it’s something that a lot of parents take into consideration. We get dozens of phone calls every week from people concerned that our entertainers are old or past it! We constantly have to point out that our entertainers are aged on average between 20 and 30. However, from this we can deduce that the age of a performer is an issue towards many parents.
Although older performers tend to be more experienced and therefore slicker, the general perception is that they are ‘past it’. We're not saying that this is true, however if you hold this belief you will want to check out the age of the performer before you book them.
Keep These In Mind And You'll Find An Amazing Entertainer!
You never 100% know for sure how good your potential children’s entertainer is. There’s always an element of doubt. However, you can greatly reduce the chance of hiring a bad entertainer by doing research beforehand and paying close attention to the above points.
One thing we can promise you is that booking Non Stop Kids Entertainment for your child’s party is the best thing you will ever do. 98% of our clients say they would recommend us to a friend. We offer a no obligation consultation for your child’s party. Fill in the form via the banner blow and we will get back to you within the hour. If you'd like a chat immediately, then give us a call at 0333 301 3002!
Thanks for reading!