Stage Hypnotist Hotel Accommodation 101
Did you know that a successful stage hypnotist is on the road more than half the year?
As a stage hypnotist, I only get to sleep in my own bed less than half of the year. To some of you, that may sound bizarre and inconceivable. Think about it for a moment, I literally sleep in hotel rooms or Cruise Ship cabins and RVs half of the year and more. I love my own bed and bedroom but also love to travel. Being on the road performing Hypnosis Shows however is extremely tiring and can be exhausting and taxing. Some nights my sleep is on an aircraft overnight or at an airport; even in a rental car at times or on the side of the road at a truck stop. As I wrote in another hypnosis article, “This lifestyle requires you to be constantly traveling, promoting, improving and marketing your show.”
I have learnt I need to carry the essentials which include:
- Face Mask
- Bed Bug Spray
- Flip Flops
- Noise Canceling Headphones
- and much more to make my life on the road performing many Hypnosis shows easier.
Hotel Accommodation Tips for Entertainment Bookers
Please consider some of these pointers when booking an entertainer his/her hotel room if you are the one paying for it or responsible for the accommodation.
If the show I am performing or any other entertainer for that matter is important to you, please ensure the performer (Stage Hypnotist in this case) is able to rest up prior to the show as best as possible. This is especially important on Post Prom shows and Project Graduation style shows where we are performing between midnight and 5 am. Our sleep tends to be from 6 PM- 10 PM (if we can catch some) or from 6 AM- 10 AM. So understand that we work reverse hours and have very crazy schedules and sleeping patterns. The more I can rest and sleep in-between shows, the better my performance will be. If during the contracting it was negotiated that you will be paying for the Hotel please consider this:
- Make sure the hotel or motel has some type of protection for access. As a rule, do not put your hypnotist in a hotel where the door is right on the curbside and the window is ground floor with cars parking immediately in front. Several reasons; we carry expensive equipment and don’t want our door bashed in. We don’t want the bike or truck with its engine revving only inches from our bed with barely a thin piece of glass and door dividing us. We don’t want all the smoke from the smokers wafting right into the room from the curbside and the noise of people yelling to each other. The hotel room should only be accessed by passing through a lobby first or security.
- Please don’t put the room overlooking a pool or facing it. Some hotels have sliding doors right onto the pool similar to an inside atrium. This sucks when its a kids birthday and they are screaming all day. Ask for the room to be on the backside or in a quiet location.
- Please put the room on the top floor if possible; it’s usually quieter.
- Ask for the room to be away from elevator shaft; maids store room; maintenance room; ice machine; laundry room; vending machine; stairs or any other device that could be a disturbance.
- If a room has been donated to you from the PTA or a sponsor, please check the reviews or cleanliness before placing your Stage Hypnotist in it. Nobody wants to share a room with roaches and bed bugs.
- Please ask for extended or early check in and late check out wherever possible.
- Please locate the hotel within a reasonable distance to a highway or road close to the performance area if possible.
- Please ask for a room with a fridge, microwave and internet.
- Restaurant facilities are a bonus and appreciated at the hotel.
- Do all this and you will ensure that the Stage Hypnotist is well-rested to give your audience the best hypnosis show possible.
Usually Marriott; Holiday Inn Express and Hampton Inn always meet all these points and succeed in allowing for rest. Typically Econolodge; Motel 6; An Unbranded Inn; Roadway Inn or similar does not. Super 8; Comfort Suites; Quality Inn; Best Western sometimes do and sometimes don’t and are usually privately owned through a franchise or are independent. Check these brands out on a case by case basis.
PLEASE DO NOT PUT ME IN A HOTEL WHERE THE DOOR OPENS STRAIGHT ONTO THE ROAD OR THE LOCAL BIKERS PARTY IN THE PARKING LOT. A LACK OF COMFORT OR SLEEP MEANS THE SHOW ULTIMATELY SUFFERS. PLEASE DO YOUR HOMEWORK AND PLACE ME SOMEWHERE NICE AS IF I WERE A FAMILY FRIEND YOU CARE ABOUT.