I just adore my two guests here on Biz Of Show – FB LIVE’s first show! Today we are going to talk about Cruise Ship Performers: how to land the job, what’s going on at sea these days and what to expect once you’re on board. It’s a long episode, so scroll down to sneak a peak at the timeline of the episode so you can jump ahead to specific info you might want to learn.
Jubel Obien is an incredible Musical Director, Producer, Director, Vocal Arranger, Singer and Performer. I nabbed her for this interview because she has been a MD and Vocal Arranger for Norwegian, Holland America and other cruise lines. Her incredible amount of experience and Knowledge could totally change your life and career!
Robert Dean Hertenstein is the current Entertainment Director for Norwegian Cruise Line. He’s produced and created hundreds of shows on ships all over the world on more than 50 ships! He drops some amazing tips and tricks to nailing your Cruise Line Audition.
We believe that every singer & dancer should jump on a ship for a few contracts for several reasons. Yes – Cruise Ship Performers get to travel all over the world. Yes – you get to spend your days on the most exotic beaches in the world. Yes – you get to see cultures and change your world view.
But more than that, Cruise Ship Performers get some other amazing opportunities: Most of your expenses get paid, you don’t have to work too much – so you have plenty of time to create content, design your brand, plan your career and LEARN LEARN LEARN!
You also get a great opportunity to build your performing chops, learn how to work with others, and build stamina you need to sing and dance full out at the same time!
BUT – the BEST part of doing a ship job is that it allows you to save a TON of money to fund the first year in NYC or LA so you don’t have to be stressed about finances while pounding the pavement.
Here’s a breakdown for this episode with some resources below…
15:00 – Guest Introduction – YOU NEED TO KNOW THESE PEOPLE! & How many performers does Robert hire every year?
21:00 – Broadway shows on SHIPS?
27:00 – How good do you need to be to book a cruise gig? Do You have to be from America only?
31:00 – The Audition – What do you need to have under your belt BEFORE you audition?
35:00 – You need to hear this part! **wink wink**
40:00 – What Robert wants to see when you walk into the room & all about Guest Entertainer shows
46:00 – Who they’ve worked with on ships that moved on to successful careers **HINT – we all bring up the SAME person!
53:00 – Why it’s important to build GREAT relationships for a long term career
57:00 – What causes a dancer to get fired or lose a contract
1:00:00 – Body Types for Cruise Ship Jobs
1:07:00 – Q&A – Where to find Auditions, Where to research Norwegian’s shows!
1:12:00 – How much money does NCL pay its singers and dancers?
Here are some of those resources:
Hope you enjoy it!
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