No party is complete without stellar entertainment. You can have food and beautiful decorations, but without amusement, the party lacks the energy that fuels the environment. Entertainers, be they singers, emcees or dancers, are the conductors of an event, steering the crowd’s emotions and capturing the audience’s imagination. They play the key role in creating an unforgettable event.
Entertainers are association with showbiz, but it doesn’t stop at that. The finishing result of a performance may last for two minutes, but the practice and skill honed in that particular craft runs by hours and days, with a lot of sacrifice where time and money is concerned. To be fair, humans are a diverse lot and it takes immense knowledge and creativity to get through to everyone. For these performers, it’s not just about mesmerising the audience, it’s also about pleasing their clients to create the performance of their dreams. In this sense, showbiz is an art form that’s not given the credit due.
Although various performers pick up a trade out of passion, they do expect to be rewarded for their effort. For many who rely on entertaining as their bread and butter, it’s a challenge to remain relevant and current in an industry that’s filled with competition, new and younger faces, and wannabes. Because of this, performers strive to find their identity behind their stage name or artistic personality, on top of managing client expectations and engaging audiences. This, and other things, were what we discovered from speaking to several performers or ‘magicians’ of parties that transform events with a stroke of their talent.
Behind the scenes
Their job is one that requires attention to the littlest detail. We’re talking every inch of skin, every pore, every angle of your face – we’re talking about the makeup artist. They’re the artists of the face, they can enhance and beautify a face with colours, and they help put a performer in character with their pair of hands. Leave it to the makeup artist to make stage entertainers look goof for the camera, and bring out their confidence. Without their help, performers won’t be able to carry out their stage act, in essence. Makeup artists are happy to be behind the scenes and choose to manifest their creativity by assisting in ‘dressing’ the faces of stage entertainers. Hours and hours of training often dominate the life of a makeup artist, yet no two jobs are ever same. Every face is different, making it a learning experience each time.
Without the power of music and sound, there’s simply no soul in an event. The same can be said for weddings, or grand events, celebrations and parties. Hence why there’s a dedicated sound system crew who maintains consistent music and clear sound throughout parties. From the start of any event, there must be good music to build the most enthusiastic moods and stir the spirits of guests as a whole. The essential sound can be experienced through live bands, singing and instrumental pieces, usually played as buffers, background sound or as a programme highlight at big events. Of course, one can’t deny the anticipation for live bands or singers, especially one who projects a mesmerising voice and engaging persona to boot. At the end of the day, it’s about summing up the emotions of the party and tugging at the right heartstrings.
Dancing with the Stars
People are known to be visual creatures, so you can imagine the importance of eye-catching performances such as dance! It’s all about the costumes, the movements, and harmony of a dance troupe, that put a smile on guest’s faces at poignant events. For dancers, it’s not simply about memorising the steps and looking flawless during their routine, it’s also about telling a story with their body. To facilitate this, dancers dress the part with themed, lavish costumes and makeup. Like any other artist, dancing is a very personal, imaginative process – steps are perfect melt into their routine, smile through the most challenging moves, onstage persona in tact, while keeping in sync with their fellow dance partners. Some dancers are very serious about their dance practice that the teacher plays an extremely important role in steering their dance career and study.
Masters of Ceremony
With their voices booming from start to end of an event, the emcee lends his voice and social persona to the entire room. Just like dancers, emcees need to practice their speech and communicate with an audience who are constantly distracted by their surrounding company and food. Emcees can also be called purveyors of communication, with their ability to carry on conversing and engaging audiences at events. To first command attention, emcees swear by a good appearance: well made-up, beautiful clothes that stand out from far behind the ballroom and a happy smile and personality to match. It goes without saying that an emcee’s talent lies in the ability to speak and verbally entertain for hours, therefore emcees need to do lots of research in cater to both client and audience needs.