Develop Partnerships in 2014 to find big Savings!

Develop Partnerships in 2014 to find big Savings!

Jan 15, 2014

Carpe Annum! Seize the year by taking these steps now to ensure big fiscal payoffs without sacrificing creativity, however big or small your productions will be.

By partnering early-on with a small business you could find ways for big savings throughout the year. Even though you may not have a detailed outline of everything you will need or produce in 2014, taking these “prep steps” for working closely with a company will significantly impact your budget and overall success of any show.

  • Calendaring and Clustering: A good old time rap session around a calendar is the best place to start! Circle the prospective show dates and make short lists of the main things that will be needed/wanted. (Example: If you plan to do The Nutcracker in winter, you may want to list candyland backdrop, large nutcracker prop, Sugar Plum Fairy and nutcracker costume, venue, etc.)
  • Print out a vendor list and connect with those you do business with the most.
  • Compile a new list of small local businesses you have not utilized in the past that would supply the performance material you need.

Many companies offer loyalty programs and are more willing to provide discounts or charitable donations if they have a strong relationship with an existing client. Many businesses plan and budget for what charitable donations they can make for the year so ask early and you may receive. (Example: Grosh is a small business that offers loyalty and multi-item discounts).

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How to Be a Holiday Party Hero

How to Be a Holiday Party Hero

Oct 16, 2013

The #1 reason why holidays are stressful is there seems to be too much to do in a short period of time.  The biggest chunk of time goes to shopping and events.  It is easy to cut down on shopping time by shopping online but what can be done about all those holiday events?  Whether you are the event planner or know who is responsible for planning holiday events; add these two words to your vocabulary:  Holiday Extender.
A Holiday Extender is holiday hero. They don’t work within the confines of time between Thanksgiving and New Years.  They give the gift of time by extending the holiday season past New Years Day cutting down on busy holiday weekends and nights. They let you cherish the holiday spirit for just a little bit longer.   Why encourage holiday extensions?  More time to plan holiday events, less competition and the ability to take advantage of holiday decorations sales. Still not convinced? Here are four event ideas you can only do after the New Years.
1.    The Art of Re-Gifting – Who needs a casino styled event when you can gamble on the re-gift. Save your party guests time in return lines and host an event where everyone brings a gift or two for a round of white elephant swapping or host a “Let’s Make a Deal” styled game where they can trade what they have for prizes.

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Event Planning: Controlling Expenses for a New Year

Event Planning: Controlling Expenses for a New Year

Sep 16, 2013

September is a good time to start thinking about next year before the excitement and busyness of the holiday season begins. Here are some cost and time saving things to think about as you plan your new year.

1. Time Management  – TIME is MONEY. As much as things change, this is still true. In order for your business to grow you have to carve out time to make and implement growth plans. If you find yourself always working on client tasks it is going to be hard for your business to grow. Look for opportunities to delegate.  Schedule time to work on your business in the same way you schedule time for clients. Compare and analyze growth potential against investment of hiring, marketing and equipment cost.

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Backdrops: The Magic of Lighting and Cutouts

Backdrops: The Magic of Lighting and Cutouts

Sep 16, 2013

Lighting is critical to theatrical staging. Lighting can help set the mood when you create a unique effect using back-lighting or gels. Depending on how your rental backdrop is painted, you can create a custom backdrop look with seemingly endless lighting techniques. Here are two examples of backdrops lit in various ways to create mood and impact.

Dragon’s Keep – S3371 -To order this backdrop and see dimensions click here.

This Forest Backdrop with cut outs (S3372) can be combined with other scenic backdrops to create an entirely different look.

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Summer Events: Keeping Your Crew Cool and Your Setups Seamless

Summer Events: Keeping Your Crew Cool and Your Setups Seamless

Aug 9, 2013

Professional event managers should add “Magician” to their title. If you have been involved in an event setup, you know unexpected issues always come up, finishing on time is challenging and there is at least one great “if only you knew” story the client never hears about.  Event setups are even more intense during the summer when temperatures are high.

Here are Five “Keep it Cool” Event Setup Tips:

This floor plan was created with socialtables.com.

Staging and Mapping – Map out everything! Create a map that designates staging areas, where supplies and tools will be, where deliveries should drop off and ultimately where everything goes in final setup. Distribute the map to the crew with emphasis on supply and tool areas. Nothing heats up frustration more than being assigned to a task and not being able to find the tools you need to complete the task. Be sure to have the right quantity of tools based on workers required to complete assignments. Instruct the crew to return tools and supplies to designated areas when they are done with them. This will also make clean up easier.

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Will Your Rented Backdrops Pass a Fire Marshal Test?

Will Your Rented Backdrops Pass a Fire Marshal Test?

Jul 30, 2013

Grosh’s Backdrops Do.

When backdrops and drapery are being used in a public space (theater, auditorium, school, convention hall, etc.), it is the responsibility of the user of the backdrops to ensure the safety of attendees. This includes fire safety, specifically that all items are flame retardant. While actual fires are rare, another risk to avoid is an inspection by your local fire marshal who forbids use of your backdrop or drape if it is not properly certified. Rest assured that Grosh Backdrops and Drapery sets the industry standard for fire safety.

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