Preparing for the Gig

On any given day around the world, entertainers wake up and assess their plans for that day. On this particular day, I verify the location of my event, making sure the time and address are correct in my Google calendar. Timing is everything, so with a couple of taps on the smartphone, Google navigator replies with a … Read more

Nov, Dec – January?

Two more months Then what do I do? January will be here in a blink of an eye.  No more holiday balloons to make, no more scurrying form place to place. Or will I?  Now is the time I need to look to the future to plan, to figure, to scheme. Where will I go? … Read more


It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve practiced something, there’s always a chance of things going off track. For weeks now, I’ve been working on a new bit for my show.  Hours of practicing in front of an audience and still when I go to get it on video it’s like I’ve never done it … Read more

The Recommendation

Would you make recommendation, if you could? I’m an entrepreneur, like many people in the world seeking to make a living. My greatest resource are past customers and their recommendations.  They have seen my work and selling to them isn’t really selling, it more likes taking an order at a drive thru.   They know exactly … Read more

The Underbelly Behind Corporate Entertainment

Dale Obrochta, Corporate Entertainer

The allure of corporate entertainment and the big pay has entertainers struggling to acquire a chunk of this market. Creating websites, brochures, online presentations, telemarketing, hours spent customizing datasheets, researching the individual and company doesn’t guarantee to land the gig. It’s easier to wait by phone and take the order when it arrives. Not seeking the … Read more

Refueled for 2012

I restock and take inventory of my balloon apron after every show. This assures I have what I need for the next show. I review what the most requested design was and what caused the surge of requests?  Each year I do the same with my business.   I evaluate what I did last year and … Read more

10 Party Tips for Insuring your Entertainers Shows Up

Balloon Animals Featured Blog Post, by Balloon Artist Dale Obrochta

10 Planning Tips for Mothers and Event Coordinators on Insuring your Entertainers Shows up Nothing is more frustrating to an entertainer then trying to get to an event on time, just to find out that the address is wrong or there is no parking for miles around.  I have been entertaining for birthday parties and … Read more

Onsite Giveaways

Balloon Animals Featured Blog Post, by Balloon Artist Dale Obrochta

Onsite giveaways. What’s it all about? Where can you get some? What do they do for you? Onsite giveaways are anything that isn’t expected, contracted, or implied. They are surprises for the people who got you to the event, the people who went the extra mile and pushed you to their clients. You know–the producers, … Read more

How to Meet and Greet

Balloon Animals Featured Blog Post, by Balloon Artist Dale Obrochta

  Let’s talk about this phenomenon that happens at most corporate events: Meet and Greets. What are they? What do you say? Why are they important? The Meet and Greet is about ten minutes of your life that, if done properly, can pay big dividends to not only you and your career, but also to … Read more