Hey there, we’re back with Tim Marston from howtosellyouract.com. This article is part of a series, so if you haven’t read last weeks’ article I suggest reading it now (click here). Let’s see what Tim has to say on getting your act together…
So, you want to be a professional hoop performer? You’ve got some skills and want to know what to do next?
Let’s split hoop performance into three main areas. We can look at each area in more detail and then see how that would fit into the market places you will be selling to.
· Freestyle Hooping (solo or group)
· Choreographed Solo Hooping
· Choreographed Group Hooping
Step right up ladies and gents because today I have a bit of a treat for you. We are lucky enough to be joined by Tim Marston of howtosellyouract.com. Tim is both a talented performer and probably the biggest seller of fire shows in the UK (he also gets me a shed load of work so I’m a big fan ). In this series of articles he’s going to be sharing with you some of his secrets of how to be successful in the business of show. Take it away Timmy…
Before I get into this article I want to make one thing clear: I am not a hooper and probably never will be. It’s not that I don’t like hoopers, it’s just that I haven’t got the hips for it!
As Bags says though I have got plenty of experience in the performing industry and have had the pleasure of working with some awesome hoopers over the years.
Over the next month, I will be sharing my thoughts on how to make a living from hoop performing. Continue reading
So lots of people seem interested in the GyroDOOP video I put up a few days ago with Emma and Gail (if you’ve not seen it click here). Many people have been asking if they can buy them, how they work and does it work with fire/glow/three rings. So I’ve made a few more videos to help with these questions.
First up: How to make one. It’s pretty simple and cheap so well worth a go (and I think more rewarding than buying one). This video is quite long (15mins) but this is because I give some details of how to do it with different tubing.
This is five minute video showing some of Tiana’s hooping and having her talk a bit about how she hoops. Very interesting. It’s from the same workshop that she was teaching in Bristol. Well worth a watch.
One of my all-time favourite dance hoopers playing to “Perpetuum Mobile”. Very flowy and beautiful.
This is part of Thom Thumb’s Flow 365 series of videos. It shows egg-shaped hoops in motion and they look very cool. Some great doubles moves here as well.
Hey there, this is my latest video and my new hoop toy. The video features me and the wonderful talents of Emma Kenna and Gail O’Brien. Warning: the song utilises a word that some may find offensive (another word for female dog). Enjoy! (Click “continue reading” below for advice on how to make them.)
So Steve, am I right in thinking that you were one of the first winners of the UK Hula Hoop Championships?
Yeah I won it in ’84 and judged it in ’85 along with Chico [Johnson] & Melody [McLaren née Howe]. I got into hooping quite by accident. I was at a theme park over here in the UK called ‘Alton Towers’ and my sister and I heard music and talking coming from a big speaker somewhere in the park, so we went to investigate. They were filming a children’s show called ‘Hold Tight’ and Chico was there doing a hoop performance so we decided to go watch and sat in the audience. This would be about late ’83. They were asking for kids to hoop round Chico to make the shot more interesting and so my sister pushed me out. I could always hoop round my waist and do a few basic things, nothing too special. Anyway after the recording Chico came up to me and said I was quite good with the hoop and did I know they were doing a UK Championships. I said ‘no’ and he said ‘wait there I will get you an entry form’. I took it away, thought what the hell and entered. I then video taped him on TV and practised and practised until I could do pretty much all the things he could do. I went to the finals and won. I have performed on quite a few shows in the 80′s in the UK, with both Chico & Melody and done several toy shows with them.
Here’s a half hour dubstep/breaks/drum and bass mix from Parker.
It’s a whompophonic symposium of bass biscuits so crunchy they’ll chomp your ears off. Pick your face up off the floor, bite down on a wobble sandwich and throw some circles round those hoopy loops.
I don’t know what any of that meant. Continue reading
Here’s Tash Kouri from the Gyronauts hooping to what they describe as “vulgar South African rap” outside the Brooklyn Public Library. Be warned the song (“Fatty Boom Boom” by Die Antwoord) while great does contain some strong language. A most enjoyable video with a little bit of nose hooping thrown in for good measure.