Tamara, a Brisbane mum, called Awesome Possum Kids Entertainment the other week to enquire about her up and coming kids’ birthday party in Brisbane with 25 children being invited. She was looking for a children’s entertainer that could do a Star Wars party and she found Awesome Possum online via google search. She said to me on the phone she was just at the enquiry stage and that she phoned a few other kids’ entertainment providers she found online. One of them she said told her that she must have 2 entertainers because the number of kids she has coming. They quoted her over $400 for the two entertainers. I was little surprised about that, since I’ve been doing kids’ parties for over 8 years now and personally, I would only recommend a second performer if the party has over 40 kids. Seriously I said to her, anyone that tells you that you need to have a second kids entertainer for a party with 25 kids is either trying to get a larger mark with what they are quoting you for the service, or, in other cases, their entertainers are just not experienced enough to hold place for 25 kids. Even with crowds of 50 children, Awesome Possum can give you an entertainment package that suits. The interactive bits are being amended and the show becomes more like a stage performance without the stage, where the children sit back and watch the character, magic tricks, get involved with volunteers coming up to interact with the character etc. It would cost you a $100 less than what kids entertainment companies would charge you when sending you 2 entertainers.
Another children’s entertainment agent has told Tamara on the phone that first she must pay a deposit online and only then they would source out an entertainer for her kids’ party, which is totally illegitimate. Why should anyone deposit money with an agency before the agency can source out an entertainer? Do they not have one lined up? And if they don’t who on earth are they going to contact? What would be the entertainer’s skills? Experience?
Unfortunately there are a few kids’ entertainment companies out there that target the Brisbane kids parties market and they are not even Brisbane based. I know for sure that there are at least 2 providers that are not Brisbane based. They sit in Melbourne or Sydney and what they do is basically call around specifically Brisbane based kids’ entertainers and book them for the Brisbane client. They make a cut off the booking but the booking is random. Sometimes they don’t even know the work of the performer or their experience. I know this because every now and again some remote agent like that makes contact with me when they search for an entertainer. They ask me if I can do balloons, face paints etc but non ever talk to me about my experience with children and particularly children’s entertainment.
So the kids’ entertainment market can be somewhat tricky and one should be cautious when looking up a kids party entertainer. So I told Tamara that the one thing I really recommend to do is actually make sure that the person you are talking to on the phone is the entertainer themselves or at least ask the agent to give you their word that the person they would send to you, their work is known to them and that they are good. The ultimate scenario is for you to chat to the entertainer directly and this is the massive benefit you get with Awesome Possum. You would always speak to the entertainer and be able to get a sense of who they are and the quality of service they would provide to you.
Tamara thanked me and said she would call again. That afternoon she called back and made a booking with me after enquiring with a couple other kids party planners and party entertainers. She said she felt she could trust me, that I sounded real to her and that Awesome Possum has the best value for money for kids parties in Brisbane. She booked my Awesome Possum Star Wars Academy kids party package and I am totally looking forward to this at the beginning of February.
I guess what I’m bringing across to you, Brisbane mums, in this blog today is that when you are planning your kids’ party be mindful, enquire as much as possible and look for reliability and authenticity. Stir away from agencies talk to the entertainers. Don’t deposit money with anyone before they give you a promise that your party booking is secured. Go for the performer, don’t go for big online service providers. Choose local, make sure they’re based in Brisbane not another state.
And above all go for quality and experience. Ask for a blue card, ask for their public liability insurance, make sure that their goolgle or facebook reviews are top notch and get your child the best.
Awesome Possum Kids Entertainment Brisbane has more than 25 different superheroes and characters for your kids party. The performances are done by one person – the Awesome Possum – that’s me!! Call me direct on 0450004425or visit www.awesomepossum.com.au
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And now Awesome Possum January deal – Limited time only for January 2018 – Book your kids party for any time of the year during January 2018 and get $30 off your booking. Hurry up less than three weeks remain!!