Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Dear Friends,
As the holiday season draws near, we pause to
appreciate the people who have made our success
possible. Your friendship and loyalty are a gift we deem

In our business, nothing is more valuable than the trust
and confidence of our clients. Your continued patronage
and support through referral is our most treasured asset.
That’s why we will continue to strive to exceed your
expectations and preserve this most precious of gifts.

So as we wish you a happy holiday season, we
also want you to know how much we appreciate you!

Best wishes from,

Pete Troy & Staff
Troy Entertainment, Inc.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

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Troy Entertainment thanks you for being a loyal client and wishes you the simple joys of tradition, the company of good friends and all the happiness of sharing a wonderful holiday season.

Musically Yours,
Pete Troy & The Staff of Troy Entertainment

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tips for Hiring Great Entertainment

My friend and colleague on the west coast Dan Ohrman recently posted the tips below on his Facebook page. I hope they provide you with useful information for planning your next party:

Here are seven tips on hiring great entertainment for your next social bash. Whether it’s live music of any size, genre or style, DJ’s, Interactive entertainers, dancers, MC’s, magicians, comedians, these easy tips will help you select the best professional.

Seen or been seen. Reputation is everything in entertainment and something any good entertainer will achieve, a good rep that is. In fact, the best entertainers have something beyond a good rep, they have BUZZ. When you hear three or four people tell you, “oh you gotta have ….” you’re dealing with someone who has BUZZ. Do you want to stake the success or failure of your special event on someone who no one has ever heard of? Perhaps for a more casual affair, having the best isn’t as important. For everything else don’t be so easily persuaded, stick to your gut and look for the BUZZ.

Excitement. Now if you hiring a jazz trio you might ask yourself why in the heck do I need excitement? Simple answer, with whatever you’re in the market for, the person who represents this person or group should have excitement for what they do. Passion to be the best, to achieve and/or maintain the buzz I mentioned above. Not to mention they should be excited for the chance and honor to be hired by you. Run of the mill attitude, no enthusiasm in your conversation, no excitement for the opportunity of your business, I don’t care how good their rep is, Forget about em! For the more obvious entertainers such as bands, DJ’s and strolling entertainers, excitement is a huge part of what they do. NOT CHEESY but certainly excited. Their enthusiasm should shine through from the very first conversation.

Value. Now to be clear, value does NOT mean the cheapest. Value simply put means you understand what you’re paying for and feel good about it. Every good entertainer has GREAT value. Bad entertainers (missing all the elements I’ve mentioned so far and continue reading below) will either be cheap, overpriced or unclear in how their service adds value to your special event. It’s easy to recognize because you won’t be able to connect to them and/or their service and you certainly will not feel good about spending a single penny on them. Really is that simple!

Eclectic. The word really says it all but I’ll add some complimentary words like emotional, creative and unique. It’s ultimately up to you to decide what’s classic or cliché. If pulling a rabbit from a hat still excites you or Celebration is the song that makes you run to the dance floor, don’t let anyone tell you anything different other than we’re happy to do it. On the other hand it’s good to know that there are new tricks up their sleeves. Following are some examples of what I’m talking about. The band can play some current music for your younger or young at heart guests. The DJ knows the latest interactive dance craze or even perhaps has a few of their own. The MC can customize your introductions in such a way that it represents you, your personality and embodies the emotion of what’s being celebrated. In summary, great entertainers will find out what’s most important to you, put their own creative stamp on it and the results are a truly memorable event for everyone attending.

Never say die. I’m going let you in on a not so secret fact, STUFF HAPPENS! I “G” rated this article for the sake of any young readers. Bottom line is we’re talking about a live event. Through all of the best pre-event planning, you never know what’s going to happen, how people will react or if they will naturally dance on their own until that night when it unfolds live. You must have entertainment that embraces tough situations and turns them into successes. Ask for war stories not just the best of hype.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Welcome to the Troy Entertainment Blog

This is the start of something fresh and new for myself and Troy Entertainment. In the near future I will be adding articles that will reflect my ideas and opinion on subjects related to event production, music, and entertainment.  I hope to use my knowledge of many years of practical experience producing, staffing, and entertaining for thousands throughout Northeast Ohio to shed some light on how successful events are created.

As in many learning and growing situations, this is a two way street. Comments or feedback is welcome, as I hope to not only help those who are first timers at throwing a party or planning an event, but continue to learn from you.

Remember, when we close our minds to others we begin to fool ourselves into believing we have a hand on the pulse of what people want.  When stagging a social events or a "party" you take on the "responsibility of the entertainment welfare" of your guests.  And a good host always thinks of their guests.  You may walk away from this experience learning something you may not even thought to consider about entertainment and I will continue to learn with your input.  That being the case I welcome not only your readership but your participation in the Troy Entertainment blog.

- Pete Troy

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