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Cabaret Secrets Video Masterclass

19 Lessons

About this course

Welcome to Cabaret Secrets Quick Tips. Here you'll find 1 hour 20 mins of videos covering all the topics from the book. It's an overview of everything you need to create your own show, travel the world and paid to do what you love.

 

Course Structure

Introduction

Welcome to the Cabaret Secrets Video Masterclass.
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What Is Cabaret?

It’s been around for over 100 years, is difficult to define, and just when you think it’s gone away forever, there’s another comeback. No, not The Rolling Stones, I’m talking about the subtle art of cabaret.
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What Is The X Factor?

No one seems to know what it is or where it comes from. Apparently you either have it or you don’t and Simon Cowell’s made millions spotting it. The ‘X’ factor. What is it? Why do you need it, and how can you get more of it?
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Theme Your Show

In this tip I discuss how important it is to have a clear theme for your show, how it can bring focus and help get and audience through the door.

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Understanding Templates

Starting with a blank piece of paper can be daunting. There are so many choices it can be hard to know where to begin. Over the years I’ve developed a systematic way of creating a show from start to finish.
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How To Talk To Your Audience

We are communicators on a grand scale. If we love what we do, singing songs and sharing stories, the audience will respond. If we feel good, so does everyone else and the energy multiplies. This is where I systematically break down the different types of "chat" and explain how you can use them. If you think you've got nothing to say to your audience, I will give you the tools to craft an effective script for your show and hold the room.
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Respect Your Musicians

As a singer you’re completely reliant on the band to make your show work. You’ll want to be on good terms from the moment your rehearsal begins so they’re on your side and keen to do their best for you. All the band want from you is professionalism. They want you to show up on time, know what you’re doing and give them clear music to play.
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Working With Sound

I asked Jazz Mouse studio’s Paul Fawcus how a singer, with little technical knowledge of sound, can get the best result from the technician they’re working with. “Communication, communication, communication!” Here are my dos and don'ts for working with sound engineers.
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Working With Lights

I learned the hard way to keep lighting simple. In one venue I failed to realise that the technician was new, and well, clueless. The only thing he was good at was reassuring me everything would be all right. It was a disaster. Blackouts in the middle of songs, house lights on and off for no reason, and so much haze I almost called Search and Rescue. Use these tips to make sure that doesn't happen to you!
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Using A Rider

Being prepared in advance of the rehearsal and letting the sound technician know any special requirements can save headaches later on.
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What To Wear

I'm no stylist, but I've seen enough ill dressed performers to learn a thing or two about what to wear on stage. Here are a few tips to help you look your best.
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Refining Your Show

After I’d been performing in Working Men’s Clubs for a year, I took my show to a swanky London cabaret club filled with as many bookers and reviewers as I could persuade to come along. Afterwards, the late Peter Hepple of The Stage wrote something I’ve never forgotten, “Gary Williams is a fine singer and a welcome addition to London’s cabaret scene. Now the real work begins.” Once you are on your way, it's the constant refinement of your show that will keep you on top.
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How To Get An Agent

Some acts with plenty of experience represent themselves, but that’s unusual; most have an agent. Good representation means you don’t have to maintain relationships with lots of people - you deal with your agent and they take care of everything else. They’ll entertain bookers, agree contracts and make sure you get paid. Aside from everything else, having a good agent will enhance your image and open doors. Let’s look at how to get an agent and what to expect when you find one.
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How To Get An Audience

Most of this series has been about creating and perfecting your own show, but if you’re working on land you’ll also need to find an audience who’ll pay to appreciate your hard work.
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Look After Your Voice

Your voice is your livelihood, your artistic outlet and your pay check. I never used to give mine a second thought but like anything else you take for granted, you only miss it when it’s gone. Here is some great advice to make sure your stay on top vocal form.
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Record An Album

There’s nothing like having a CD as a shop window, both to attract bookings and also give audiences something they can buy to take away with them. Here are my tips on recording your album.
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Conclusion

At the beginning of this series I promised to show you how to produce your own show, travel the world and get paid to do what you love. I hope I’ve lived up to that promise. Here is my parting advice.
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Bonus Lesson: Crowd Funding Your Next Album

We are artistes. We live to create and so it's natural for us to want to record an album of our music. The tricky part is paying for it. I have been lucky enough to fund two albums from crowd-funding. Here's what I have learned.
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Bonus Lesson: How To Be An Entertainer On Cruise Ships

Cruise ships are a great place for many cabaret artistes to work but are they right for you? In this bonus lesson we look at what makes cruise ships different, whether you're a good fit, how you'll need to adapt your act and what to expect when you get on board.
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