S6E10: Fred & Bobbie Becker — Gigs on Ships

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In this interview, Fred & Bobbie Becker talk all about the ins and outs of performing on cruise ships. They talk about the good, the bad, the unexpected, what sort of shows work on ships, promo videos, and on and on!

Together Fred and Bobbie have 45 years of combined performing experience and spend their time performing on cruise ships! They also have a program for entertainers called Gigs on Ships where they teach the ins and outs of performing on cruise ships.



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Success Quotes

From Fred:
Anything worth doing is worth doing right!

Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon…must inevitably come to pass! — Paul J. Meyer

From Bobbie: 
I don’t want you to ever look back at your life and have any regrets. — Bobbie’s Dad


Gigs on Ships!

• What sort of shows are they looking for?

• You need to be good with a very diverse crowd. You need to be comfortable with people from all walks of life.

• You need at least a 50 minute act. Fred and Bobbie have two 45’s and a 30 minute magic class.

• You live with your audience.

• You have to be “people people.” It’s all about relationships.

• You need a demo reel that’s specific to the cruise ship market. The agent needs to “see you on their stage.”

• Your demo reel also needs to sell you as a person too. Tug at the heartstrings.

• Don’t do your reel in the same order as your show. Lead with your strongest piece.

• Figure out what sets you apart and capitalize on that.

• Working with agents vs. the entertainment director.

• Pros:you get to work in the best, most equipped theaters in the world, no overhead expenses, you only work a couple nights per week, it’s a dream lifestyle.

• Cons: You’re stuck on the ship, you can’t just pick up and go somewhere. You miss family events like holidays and funerals. Since you share bunks, if you’re in a couple’s relationship and have a fight, there’s nowhere for you to go.

• How to keep things in order at home on land while you’re away at sea.


Their Online Course on Cruise Ship Gigs

Gigs on Ships is a 9-week course where Fred and Bobbie literally open up their business to help those who want to land a cruise ship gig.

It has three modules:
1. Building Foundation – preparing yourself and show for ships.
2. Getting the gig.
3. Life at sea and how to be successful.

Learn more at www.gigsonships.com


Other Topics Covered

• Talks about fear standing in your way.

• Taking risks.

• Some interesting storied from each of their lives that helped shape their careers.

• Not letting failures beat you up.


Parting Advice

Don’t let fear hold you back!

Step out of your comfort zone.

Pick up 6 more pieces of parting advice by signing up for Fred & Bobbie’s newsletter at GigsOnShips.com.


Recommended books and resources:

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Having a notebook to write things down in.



Maximum Entertinament by Ken Weber

Fitzkee Trilogy by Dariel Fitzkee | Ebooks

Magic & Showmanship by Henning Nelms

Breaking Out by John Butman

Start with Why by Simon Sinek

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Where can we find Fred & Bobbie Becker?

Gigs on Ships

Fred Becker’s Website

Twitter @realbeckermagic | Facebook

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  1. All the world loves the Beckers. They are full of heart and soul. Great performers, real people, and their mark on this world will get a solid A+

    1. Agreed, Barry! They’ll definitely get a higher than 4.0 GPA, lol!

      You know, I’ve already had one half of the Raspyni brothers on my show, I’d love to complete the package and invite you on, if you’re open to it. Get more of the marketing mind. 🙂

      1. Does any podcast really ever need both Raspynis? Well, let’s talk in the fall. I’m only looking to remove things from my calendar for the next 2 months. Really enjoy what you’re doing with the podcast! Thanks.

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