Performing outside can be fairly simple and greatly enjoyable if you are equipped with the right tips, tools and tricks. On the contrary, it can also be unpredictable and distracting, especially to beginning performers. This guide is designed to help keep you prepared and organized for performing at outdoor events. While scheduling your performance, make sure that the event organizer provides you with all of the basic information about the venue that you will be performing at. Additionally you can do your own research on the venue online. Now that the puppet show is booked, keep these tips in mind for the actual day of the performance: Always allow some extra time before your show to let the audience gather around and settle down before beginning the performance At outdoor shows parking can be a problem, so speak to the event organizer about reserving a parking spot for you The actual venue may be too far from the parking area, so always bring a dolly to transport equipment. Keep in mind that your dolly may not work on grass Try to make your set-up as compact and simple to assemble and break-down as possible, you should only have to make one trip from your vehicle to the venue At times a situation that you have little to no control over may present itself, in such a case, if the audience is having a great time allow yourself go with the flow and play it off Background noise can be a problem in outdoor settings where a lot is going on at once, make sure that your sound equipment can withstand background noise Many venues will not have electrical outlets available to plug your sound system into. Purchase a battery-powered portable sound system to use for your outdoor performances. It’s good to have a portable sound system with a battery rather than a generator, the generator itself will produce a lot of noise and can be difficult to set up Be prepared for any extreme weather conditions, heavy wind or rain can greatly disrupt your performance Make sure that you have wind foam for your microphone so that the wind does not carry the sound away from the audience Dress appropriately and according to the weather and occasion of the event If possible, find an area with shade to perform under. Performing directly under the sun can quickly drain your energy during a performance. Add an overhead tarp tent to your set-up to protect yourself against both sun and rain alike Bring bottled water for yourself to keep you hydrated in between acts Make sure you get paid before you leave. Never leave payment status uncertain. Everything should be worked out and agreed upon before the performance. And of course, the most important tip of all… make sure to have fun! Article as published at Allpro puppets blog.