Video: Introduction and overview

This course is for everyone and is designed to improve your performance in both senses of the word. Whether you are on stage or tying your lover, firstly, it is always a performance in that you want to perform that activity to the best of your ability. On stage, you are also performing to an audience but in private you and your partner are both performers and audience. Regardless of who you are tying for, this course will enhance your ‘performance’.

Between us, Nina and I have done countless sessions, 100’s of gigs and many prestigious commercial jobs. We’ll be sharing what that we have gleaned from that experience. This will mean you don’t have to learn the hard way or make the same mistakes. It will improve your tying and your chances of success and, if that’s your goal, make money. Of course, the main thing is to have fun but it can be very lucrative. There are many times that I have earned more in a few hours than the average person does a week. – but sadly, not every week! Nevertheless, It did allow me to give up my day job and follow my passion. What I can promise is a lot of fun, some great opportunities, meeting interesting people and plenty of travel. Don't blame us if you run away and join the circus!

This course is very comprehensive. In this first part, we'll take you right from getting gigs, creating a persona and website, marketing yourself in this increasingly competitive area and all the other practicalities. Don't worry if you are not technical and have little or no budget. I'll show you how I promote myself almost entirely for free without much technical knowledge or effort.

Most importantly, we'll explore what makes a show and how little things can make all the difference using real examples. You'll learn the single most important aspect, regardless of whether you are with your partner in in an auditorium, and we'll point out some of the annoying mistakes almost every beginner makes.

Part I

In this first part of the series, we will examine all the vital things you need to think about and prepare before you even get on stage. How to promote yourself, creating a website, creating your persona and choosing a style, not forgetting getting gigs in the first place.

In the next part, we'll be getting more into specific performance techniques and, just as importantly, showing you what not to do using show footage. This first part is to lay the essential foundations for building your success. It is all too easy to go off half-cocked in your enthusiasm and hinder or, worse destroy, your chances. In line with our teaching philosophy,we show you how to build on solid foundations based on our many years of combined experience.