Whether you have a birthday party, wedding or corporate event coming up, a celebrity booking might be exactly what you need to make the night truly unforgettable. You can have everything from major touring artists, DJ’s, celebrity speakers or jazz bands to string ensemble and classical acts. So here is some celebrity booking information to help you land the right act and capture the attention of your guests.
Involving an Agency Often celebrities will turn down offers from clients they don’t know, which is why it’s so important to get a talent/event management agency involved. A booking agent can negotiate on your behalf and help you select the right celebrity for your event. Make sure you do your research when deciding which celebrity agent you’ll choose for the job. Its important to look for one that has a proven track record of booking big-name acts, as some agencies may be exaggerating the relationships they have.
Budgeting There is a celebrity for almost every budget, but it’s important to be aware of the costs involved with celebrity bookings. When budgeting for your celebrity, take into account that there are a number of hidden costs such as accommodation, meals, security and transport. And if you want to book a celebrity from overseas, it’s very likely that you will be paying for their airfares. Also, most celebrities will require a 50% deposit before their performance.
Deciding on the Music Deciding on the purpose and theme of your event will have a huge impact on the type of music you select for it. Perhaps you want a well-known celebrity musician to get the party started at around 10pm, someone like Ricky Martin, Jessica Mauboy, Tina Arena or even Sam Smith?? You could pair that with a jazz band and a vocalist like Katie Noonan to play when the event starts and ends to maintain ambience. Your event is not limited to hiring only one act, nor does it require two, but deciding on your event’s intent and how you want your guests to feel at every stage of the event will ensure you make the right decision.
How About a Speech? A lot of people know that you can hire a musician for an event, but did you know you can hire someone to come and speak as well? A number of extremely successful and inspiring people are available to give your guests a speech they’ll always remember, from household names like Richard Branson to homegrown acts like Hamish and Andy or Rove McManus. Whether it be a talk to motivate employees at a corporate function or a comedian to lighten the mood, an appearance from a top quality guest speaker is sure to keep spirits high.
Be Flexible While it’s great to have a few names in mind, we suggest remaining open to a number of different acts and performances for your event. It can be expected that a particular act you’re after might be unavailable on the night of your event, or that your budget could afford someone you hadn’t considered who might be far better suited for the type of event you’re hosting! Either way, your chosen agency will be able to walk you through the celebrity booking process to create a night you’ll remember.
If you have any questions on how to book a celebrity for a party, or you’d like to get an agency involved, we would love to hear from you! Visit our contact page for further details.