Vision statements & Slogans

Tony Borders
Tony Borders

August 30th, 2008, 1:51 pm #11

I once judged a performer who used the vent dummy solely for a serious routine. No comedy was even attempted. It felt very awkward. Imagine flipping to the comedy channel and seeing the real news. No, wait. That might still be funny.

Imagine flipping to the comedy channel and seeing a documentary on the slaughter of baby seals. I think the audience has come to expect a certain thing from ventriloquists and when we stray we risk losing them.

However, SEVERAL people afterward talked about how touched they were by the program of the serious performer. So when we stray from comedy we also may find an appreciative audience.

Once again, I leave you with both sides of the coin. (And now with the U.S. Presidential dollars there is even something on the edge.)
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mark t
mark t

September 1st, 2008, 3:52 pm #12

This hangs framed in my office for me to look at every day.

"My purpose is to express my sense of humour, my skill and my pride in being a clean entertainer by making sure my shows are fun for everyone and by doing the best shows I can.

I want to follow in the example of Peter Rolston <my mentor> and create happy memories for a whole new generation.

To that end, I will set aside regular time for practice and development.

I plan to become Vancouver's number one Ventriloquist."
neal, thanks for the statement. I knew there was a reason i wanted to talk to you. (we never did make that lunch date) your misson statement is also how you come across to others. its that line about being a clean act.
more power to ya and i need to think about my own misson statement. thanks. mark
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Neale Bacon
Neale Bacon

September 3rd, 2008, 3:03 pm #13

I appreciate the kind words. I always thought mission statements and the like were just business buzz words until I came up with my own, and now I see how it guides and influences everything I do in my show business career. I try to follow the same "guide" in my everyday as well.
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Tony Borders
Tony Borders

January 8th, 2010, 1:23 am #14

When I mentioned filtering shows, it brought to mind that a person (company, church, school, etc.) often has a vision statement. I would LOVE to hear from each of you as to what your vision statement is for the ventriloquism side of your life. (e.g. "I purpose to make more money than Terry Fator." or "I do ventriloquism in order to teach children about drugs." (Hopefully, that they shouldn't use them.) "I do ventriloquism so my agent doesn't have to turn down the gigs that are too cheap for her other clients."

Seriously, though, if you have a moment stop and consider your vision statement for your ventriloquism. For example, I play guitar because I enjoy it and want to eventually play Christmas songs for people. Easy statement.

Now I have to go and think about why I do ventriloquism. "Gives me an excuse to still play with dolls?"
If you posted a vision statement in the past you may want to review it or revise it for this year. A vision statement is much like a motto to live by for your company. Why do you have that company in the first place?

Over the years I have had some simple mottos for the year, some of which I felt were given to me in prayer.

1. Prepare (I spent that year writing, practicing, and honing my craft. I was a teacher at the time but prepared for puppetry.)

2. Go (I spent 7 years going wherever I was asked for whatever price was offered. I got to see many parts of the USA and of the world. It was like a 7 year all expense paid vacation and I had no home for those 7 years. I was constantly staying with families around the world.)

3. Strive for Completion (Perfection seems so unattainable for me that I am starting this year with the idea of completion. When I start something I want to finish it. Fortunately, I haven't started anything yet. I've even had trouble starting my car.)

P.S. A vision statement is something that would look good on your website so don't come up with, "This company exists to make more money for me and to charge the highest prices people will gullibly pay." Try to think of it as if money were no object and you formed this company for a reason. What is that reason?
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Magic Montana Santa
Magic Montana Santa

January 8th, 2010, 1:59 am #15

When I mentioned filtering shows, it brought to mind that a person (company, church, school, etc.) often has a vision statement. I would LOVE to hear from each of you as to what your vision statement is for the ventriloquism side of your life. (e.g. "I purpose to make more money than Terry Fator." or "I do ventriloquism in order to teach children about drugs." (Hopefully, that they shouldn't use them.) "I do ventriloquism so my agent doesn't have to turn down the gigs that are too cheap for her other clients."

Seriously, though, if you have a moment stop and consider your vision statement for your ventriloquism. For example, I play guitar because I enjoy it and want to eventually play Christmas songs for people. Easy statement.

Now I have to go and think about why I do ventriloquism. "Gives me an excuse to still play with dolls?"
My right-eye vision is obscured by cataracts and I can't see out of the left... I'm blindly going forth where no vent has stumbled before...
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January 8th, 2010, 2:13 am #16

When I mentioned filtering shows, it brought to mind that a person (company, church, school, etc.) often has a vision statement. I would LOVE to hear from each of you as to what your vision statement is for the ventriloquism side of your life. (e.g. "I purpose to make more money than Terry Fator." or "I do ventriloquism in order to teach children about drugs." (Hopefully, that they shouldn't use them.) "I do ventriloquism so my agent doesn't have to turn down the gigs that are too cheap for her other clients."

Seriously, though, if you have a moment stop and consider your vision statement for your ventriloquism. For example, I play guitar because I enjoy it and want to eventually play Christmas songs for people. Easy statement.

Now I have to go and think about why I do ventriloquism. "Gives me an excuse to still play with dolls?"
My vision is to have everyone, young or old, laugh at something I did during a performance.
I truly believe that there is still a kid in everyone. To see a ninety year old smile and laugh just as much as a four year old, gives me great joy.
That is what I want to see.
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Joined: January 7th, 2010, 10:33 pm

January 9th, 2010, 1:59 am #17

When I mentioned filtering shows, it brought to mind that a person (company, church, school, etc.) often has a vision statement. I would LOVE to hear from each of you as to what your vision statement is for the ventriloquism side of your life. (e.g. "I purpose to make more money than Terry Fator." or "I do ventriloquism in order to teach children about drugs." (Hopefully, that they shouldn't use them.) "I do ventriloquism so my agent doesn't have to turn down the gigs that are too cheap for her other clients."

Seriously, though, if you have a moment stop and consider your vision statement for your ventriloquism. For example, I play guitar because I enjoy it and want to eventually play Christmas songs for people. Easy statement.

Now I have to go and think about why I do ventriloquism. "Gives me an excuse to still play with dolls?"
John Lennon told Paul McCartney, I need a swimming pool, let's write a swimming pool.

the explanation of this statement is, when you need money, do something that will bring in the income,


I want a gig that will help me buy the batmobile,

I want the batmobile, you heard it here 2nd,
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Tony Borders
Tony Borders

January 10th, 2010, 6:53 am #18

When I mentioned filtering shows, it brought to mind that a person (company, church, school, etc.) often has a vision statement. I would LOVE to hear from each of you as to what your vision statement is for the ventriloquism side of your life. (e.g. "I purpose to make more money than Terry Fator." or "I do ventriloquism in order to teach children about drugs." (Hopefully, that they shouldn't use them.) "I do ventriloquism so my agent doesn't have to turn down the gigs that are too cheap for her other clients."

Seriously, though, if you have a moment stop and consider your vision statement for your ventriloquism. For example, I play guitar because I enjoy it and want to eventually play Christmas songs for people. Easy statement.

Now I have to go and think about why I do ventriloquism. "Gives me an excuse to still play with dolls?"
I have been saying that we should have a vision statement and some mottos to live by. Here is a motto, or "slogan" I have created for my school shows from my vision statement. I know the vision statement, but the schools will see the slogan.

SchoolAssembly.net "Quality shows about positive choices."

It is simple, but states what my shows are all about. Then, of course, there will be further information given, but that is at the top of each webpage and each flyer.

You can probably quote several slogans from over the years...
Burger King, "Have it your way".
Zenith "The quality goes in before the name goes on."
Buzz Lightyear "To infinity and beyond!" (oops! That's a motto.)

Axtell could be, "We see how far we can stretch latex!"

I have a friend whose business card says his name, magician, and "Fun for all ages + occasions." That answers a lot of questions in one simple statement.

Just don't say, "I play with dolls" as your slogan.
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Joined: November 11th, 2008, 12:10 am

January 10th, 2010, 10:50 pm #19

When I mentioned filtering shows, it brought to mind that a person (company, church, school, etc.) often has a vision statement. I would LOVE to hear from each of you as to what your vision statement is for the ventriloquism side of your life. (e.g. "I purpose to make more money than Terry Fator." or "I do ventriloquism in order to teach children about drugs." (Hopefully, that they shouldn't use them.) "I do ventriloquism so my agent doesn't have to turn down the gigs that are too cheap for her other clients."

Seriously, though, if you have a moment stop and consider your vision statement for your ventriloquism. For example, I play guitar because I enjoy it and want to eventually play Christmas songs for people. Easy statement.

Now I have to go and think about why I do ventriloquism. "Gives me an excuse to still play with dolls?"
Here's our Two Bob's worth,
Our vision statement is to to keep improving with positive clean humour, and try to leave people with a good feeling in their spirit.
Best always,
Terry
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Joined: June 4th, 2009, 1:22 am

January 10th, 2010, 11:54 pm #20

When I mentioned filtering shows, it brought to mind that a person (company, church, school, etc.) often has a vision statement. I would LOVE to hear from each of you as to what your vision statement is for the ventriloquism side of your life. (e.g. "I purpose to make more money than Terry Fator." or "I do ventriloquism in order to teach children about drugs." (Hopefully, that they shouldn't use them.) "I do ventriloquism so my agent doesn't have to turn down the gigs that are too cheap for her other clients."

Seriously, though, if you have a moment stop and consider your vision statement for your ventriloquism. For example, I play guitar because I enjoy it and want to eventually play Christmas songs for people. Easy statement.

Now I have to go and think about why I do ventriloquism. "Gives me an excuse to still play with dolls?"
The best way to our heart is through your laughter

a smile is a frown upside down

or use my slogan: No Person Is Too Tall That They Can't Stoop To Help Any Child

Just thought I'd put my two scents in...N Jay
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