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Sales Presentations, Product Launches, Marketing Videos, Video Brochures, News Releases, Training Programs, Trade Show Videos, Point-of-Sale Messaging, Narrations of Audiobooks, TV Documentaries, Infomercials. Here's a recent video narration starting with a video I voiced for PBS about the city of Saratoga Springs, NY!

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A professional voice soothing callers that someone will be there for them soon can only make your customer feel assured. A professional demeanor for your on-hold messaging tells your company's story, trumpets your achievements and makes any hold more tolerable. Face it-sometimes a valued customer has to wait....make it worth their while and yours, too. I recently was chosen to be the voice of Capital Reperatory Theatre in Albany, NY and since I also do theatre-that was a REAL honor for me!

These are events that hold so much meaning in people's lives. I've been fortunate to become such a part of these special moments in the lives of so many. Call me and let me help you get through the confusing details of what should be a day of ease and enjoyment and not stress and concern. Having an experienced host only adds to your special day.

Is your graduating class getting together again? I can provide the music and the fun as well as work with your committee to create a memorable evening. If you have trivia questions about the old school and the like, I can interact with them to allow the memories to flow smoothly. 

The Holiday Season books up fast. After all, there are only so many Fridays and Saturdays before Christmas.....the good halls are taken and so are the quality DJs. Don't be left out. Call me and we'll discuss your party and lock in the date. All kinds of music for all kinds of holiday fun!

Call NYISO, Warren Fane, Fairways of Halfmoon, Hannaford Bros, General Electric, even the Times Union.....all satisfied corporate clients!

The newest service I offer is soooo much fun! Game shows played in the style of Jeopardy, Wheel, Squares, Deal or No Deal, Family Feud and Millionaire......get more info and click here.

Over the years, I've done voiceovers for many major businesses. Fellow professionals tell me my voice is solid and assured and that I can do all types of sells. But, most importantly, they tell me my voice stands out amidst the clutter of other commercials.

Looking at the overall cost of a Wedding Day, the professional DJ's fee is a small percentage of the total price yet NOTHING can affect the total outcome of the day like the party portion and the Entertainment provided by the DJ/MC. Remember, it's not just the music, it's the total overall presentation. NEVER choose your DJ based on price alone. By saving yourself $100 on a “fly by night” DJ company, you are potentially ruining your $10,000 party!  If you have to cut corners, don't compromise on the entertainment. My clients never complain that they paid too much for my services. In fact, most of my business comes from word of mouth from past clients and recommendations from those who know good entertainment!  This sounds harsh, but in the end, you will be glad for this bit of advice!

Now, Starting with number 12...

12) People tend to remember the beginning and the end of an event. That's why your DJ/MC should do a strong and grand introduction. It helps build rapport early on and if done right and with energy and enthusiasm, it puts him or her in a more powerful position to work your crowd all night.

11) Don't put the older guests next to the dance floor/speakers. If you have to ask why, then you may want to hire a harpist for the night.

10) Your guests should NEVER start eating before you arrive!  Before you arrive, it is appropriate for your guests to be encouraged to mingle and have a cocktail!  The buffet should open with you, your family and head table. That way, you will actually be finished eating before your guests are. We would then start the “Traditional wedding events”, which are excellent dinnertime entertainment for your guests!  However, if the buffet opens before you arrive, they must then wait on you to finish eating. This will cause dead time as the “Traditional wedding events” would need to be pushed back and you would feel rushed to finish your meal!  

9) Don't put your entertainment and/or dance floor in a different room—your entertainment should be centered. Powerful entertainers will work to get people on the dance floor but they must be in the action! If the dance floor is too far away from the action, it becomes more difficult to get people to actually move to the dance floor and very hard for your DJ to interact with the guests!

8) A "too small" dance floor is better than one that is too big. Why? The answer is simple: It creates the impression, whether real or not, that the floor is full. People are more likely to dance when the crowd on the floor is dense than when they feel like there only ones out there. Take it from a pro who knows about dancing and crowd psychology!  If people end up dancing on the carpet then great, they end up dancing on the carpet and the story of your floor being so packed people couldn't even fit on the floor only further reinforces the point.

7) Darker is better than lighter for dancing. People feel like less of a spectacle, less "on-stage" when they think they're harder to see. That's why crime increases at night as well—and yes, when some people dance it is a crime. This one works along the same lines of psychology as tip #8. Also, it will create a very professional atmosphere!

6) Bars should ALWAYS be in the main room, preferably closer to the dance floor. Bars are like kitchens—they draw people to them. If you can help it, don't make your DJ wrestle with the draw of a bar.

5) Remember, there is about 2 hours of set up before your music begins, a 5-6 hour reception, followed by an hour take down. Nine hours without food or water is very difficult and bringing a lunch box is tacky!  Your entertainer should therefore be invited to the buffet, or offered a plate. We normally would never sit down at a table and eat a full meal. We do appreciate the invitation to the buffet so that we may discretely eat when we get a free moment!  Besides, I can tell you from my experience that professional wedding vendors will gladly do a little extra for you at no charge when you treat them right!  

4) Let your DJ/MC control the flow of the night!  We have the experience necessary to professionally keep the evening flowing!

3) Do a dollar dance only if you have a PLANNED honeymoon… And Theme it!!! Do it early on after the main dances and limit it to about 15 minutes!

2) If you want an evening reception where your guests stay longer than an hour after dinner and dance the night away, you MUST offer a bar. You do not have to flip the bill for an open bar, a cash bar will do the trick!  If you are concerned about offending elderly relatives or those who don't drink, rest assured some of the other guests will appreciate their being able to order their favorite libation and you can have the party you want and have paid for!  

There are two exceptions to this rule…
A)    You, your friends and your family DON’T drink, but like to dance anyway!  Now, if it is a situation where you and your friends like to drink, but not so much your family…always rule in favor of the drinks!
B)    If you actually only want an early or afternoon reception with ALL the traditional events, but without a full dance in the end, you may or may not want to serve alcohol. Early receptions can be very nice and quite charming!  An afternoon reception will ensure that you actually get all of the attention a full reception offers and will leave the evening open for your guests to enjoy other plans and for you…an early start to the honeymoon!

AND NOW…The Number 1 suggestion

1) ALWAYS respect the musical opinions of your entertainment professionals. We do this for a living and have experience with every kind of crowd you can imagine! Be careful not to cut out all the "cliché" wedding music as we find that this always negatively impacts the dance floor potential. People dance to what they know. A wedding reception is not the time and place to prove to your friends and family that you're into obscure music. You've got a lot of people from all over your family tree that want to have a good time, so trust your DJ to read your crowd and exercise all of his/her tools and really work his/her craft!  A good mix is the rule for all wedding receptions!

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And now, new services to please almost everyone! 2012 brings more great reasons to call me! They include Game Show parties, karaoke and a special presentation on growing up as a Baby Boomer!  Details and a new website are here and I cannot wait! If YOU need more info on these events, call me at 352-874-7544. These will allow me to entertain at more venues and at corporate events as well! Get a preview on the Game Show parties--just click here!

If you need any info on these services - Please call me at (352) 874-7544