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Frequently Asked Questions
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Why should I Attend Sunburst?
This is a CONVENTION for YOU! ARTISTS/ You can get booked directly by the attending agents, producers and other talent buyers. There are a lot of attendees at Sunburst who don't know who you are. Make sure they do! AGENTS, TALENT BUYERS, 55+ Communities, Colleges and Universities: Boost your roster of talent and have them available to your clients. Plus, you will have a wonderful time while attending.
I am an entertainer, but not a Celebrity Impersonator nor a Look A Like. Can I still attend the convention?
Yes and no. You cannot showcase your talent, but you can attend the showcases as a spectator. However, understand that the talent agents attending are ONLY accepting business cards and promo from registered attendees. DJ's and other entertainers are welcomed, but this is a convention for Look A likes. Other entertainers are not to promote themselves. It would be the same if a Juggler showed up at a Magician's convention.
I live outside of the United States. Is it worth it for me to attend The Sunburst Conference?
Yes, and No. If you are looking to have a great time, become a better performer, learn things you didn't know before and meet lots of great people, then YES. By all means come. However, almost all of our talent buyers come from the US and rarely (not never, but rarely) book entertainers from outside of the US. So if you are coming from outside of the US with the sole purpose of getting bookings in the US, you may be disappointed.
What is the purpose of The Sunburst Convention?
The purpose of this convention is three fold. One: To showcase your talent to agents, talent buyers and producers from all over the country. Two: To have fun with many others in this rather unique industry. Three: To meet others, learn a lot and network, network, network. / For buyers: It's a GREAT place to see the talent you want to book in person and understand the reaction they get from others.
What is Tax Deductible?
Everything! Your registration, your plane fare, your hotel stay, money you spend while you are here.....everything! It's an investment in your career. You probably spend lots of money to mail out your promotional material and hope the agents will call you. Meet them in person and let them know who you are!
Do Entertainers REALLY get work from Sunburst?
YES, YES, YES! Almost all of the professional entertainers who attend Sunburst get more than enough work to pay for the cost of attending. (Attend this year's seminars to make sure you learn the tools for doing so.) Ask for references from those who have attended in the past. However, it is understandable that we cannot guarantee loads of work for every attendee. "You should not just showcase and leave." You HAVE to MEET the talent buyers, hang around & get to know them personally. Work the convention! Ask for THEIR business card. Drop a note later. FOLLOW UP. It's for the benefit of the entertainer AND the agents. EVERYONE will benefit by attending. New comers and pro's alike. There is always something new to learn and someone new to meet. Always. PLUS...it's all tax deductible.
I am just getting started in the business. Will I be allowed to showcase?
YES, if you register to showcase!! BUT, if you are not ready, we have a "No Showcase" ticket. Those just starting out in the business will have a special HORIZON SHOWCASE. COME ON IN! You will learn a lot! Agents are looking for experienced talent as well, but we want to see what you do. Many Top Performers got their start at Sunburst. Many entertainers who have been in the business for years come back year after year.
Which is the best day to showcase?
It really does not matter which day you showcase. One day is no better than the other. Agents will be there both days. During the Friday showcase, more agents/talent buyers attend. On Saturday, more of the general audience attend.
Can I just come and pass out my business cards without registering?
No. Agents will ONLY accept cards or promo packs from those with credentials (i.e. Sunburst Name Badge). This is in reference to all of our events. Any impersonator/look a like attempting to attend without registering will be approached and asked to register on site.
Does the Producer of Sunburst or his private company get any commission from me when I am booked as a result of attending?
NO. This convention is for you. It's the same as anything else you do to promote yourself. The producer will even follow up with you after the convention to make sure you get the exposure you are paying for. But, he takes NO COMMISSION by your attending. YOU get booked directly.
I've been getting enough work on my own. I know the business very well. Why should I attend?
If you would like more work and would like to get to know dozens of agents from Vegas to Orlando all at one time, a convention is the best place to be. PLUS, it's more fun than you'll ever know. AND, there are new agents and talent buyers every year who don't know who you are. This is the perfect time to meet them in person. AND, you'll meet other talent.....who always refer other talent. Get known by those who don't know you! Even if you consider yourself the very BEST at your celebrity impersonation, there are lots of attendees at this convention who don't know who you are. Get to know them personally.
I understand Sunburst charges the general public for seeing my showcase. Is this true?
Yes and no. We do charge a nominal fee for the public to see your showcase. There is a reason for this. We spend a lot of time, energy and money to get the general public in to "fill the seats" so you are performing in front of a real audience. Otherwise, you would be performing in front of other entertainers and agents only. Generally, agents are concerned about business. They are observing your professionalism and stage presence. We want to show them how the "general public" reacts to you. So we charge just enough to get some of our money back for getting them in there in the first place. Now, for the "No" part. Many of our audience members belong to "non-profit" organizations and we allow them to attend at no charge. As a matter of fact, most of the "general public" do not pay at all. We welcome all non-profit organizations to attend at no charge.
What exactly do my registration fees go toward?
This is one of the most fun and worthwhile times you will spend promoting your career. It REALLY is more fun than you can imagine.