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Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything

Here’s what my wife, Susan, and I have been doing for the first three weeks of quarantine….

Quarantine theme song pick: 

(By the way, if you have children at home and they haven’t seen the Veggie Tales videos, I highly recommend them.) 

Hey everyone, Tom here… Weird times we’re living in! I hope you’re all well. 

I know being locked in doesn’t make it easy for you to get motivated about anything, let alone work on your show. 

I completely understand. All I’ve wanted to do is be is a pirate who doesn’t do anything. I’ve wanted to pretend I’m on vacation: to read, listen to music, eat…and dance with my wife.

I really thought things would get back to normal in a few weeks. But instead, like you, most of the work I had lined up has either been postponed or canceled. 

At some point I need to get to work to finish projects I began ages ago but haven’t had the time to finish, so when we all move on again, I’ll have something to show for all the time spent.

So, I hope you’ll join me in moving forward with your career….

There are a few things you can do that I think will help you come out of this (when it’s over) with renewed energy and a much better show. 

I’ve been working with two or three artists remotely in the last year. I’ve had great success working this way and I have been thinking about opening it up to everyone for awhile now. This new situation in which we find ourselves has brought me to the decision to offer this sooner rather than later.

This new situation in which we find ourselves has brought me to the decision to offer this sooner rather than later.

Now could be the time for some of you to start working on developing the moments inside your songs for your “live” show, to learn the psychology of and how to create a compelling set list, to learn how to be more visually captivating, to learn blocking, how to create interesting and intelligent transitions, how to talk to an audience or just to get your overall questions answered about your performance.

Amy Wolter, my associate, has been working with artists in person and in remote sessions for quite a few years, (and loved by her clients!), but I’ve been resisting remote sessions because I like being in the room with you and controlling the situation.

But, the results I’ve had lately have made me rethink this.

Here’s what one of my clients said about the remote sessions:

I’m not always able to be with Tom in person.  Traveling, schedules, distance etc makes it hard to always work in the flesh.  But that doesn’t mean that Tom can’t work his genius and magic on my show.  I send Tom videos of me rehearsing remotely or videos of live shows, and we sit together on the phone and workshop ideas, changes, re-arrangements and visual ideas on how to take my show to that next level.  Honestly, if it wasn’t for Tom’s genius, I don’t believe I would have the following that I have.  He has helped me in more ways than I can even describe.  He has taught me what being a performer is really about and has helped me develop as a performer every single step of the way! …Zach Maxwell

So check out the information on this offer, below, if you’re at all interested.

For those of you who can’t or don’t want to do the remote sessions, if you have my book and DVDs, this is a great time to go back and get reinspired for your show. Revisit confidence, authority and charisma. Revisit the graph and how to put your set list together to create moments instead of just playing songs. Revisit getting a vision for your show, movement and placement on stage, etc. 

I really do want you to become better performers and to help you succeed onstage, get better bookings, sell more merchandise and become remarkable on stage. 

Tom Jackson

Tom is uniquely talented and skilled at transforming an artist's live show into a magical experience for the audience; helping artists at every level create a live show that is engaging and memorable, teaching them to exceed their audiences' expectations and to create fans for life. Tom has taught indie and major artists of every genre. He has worked with Taylor Swift, Le Crae, Home Free, The Tenors, Shawn Mendes, The Band Perry, Francesca Battistelli, Jars of Clay, & many more. Tom also teaches at colleges, conferences and events worldwide.

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  1. David White says:

    Happy Weekend!

    My name is David White. I was in the 94th Army Reserve Band in CT for 31 years, and I have now been in the 102nd CT National Guard Band for the past 3 years. Back in 2013, Amy came up to work with my band over at the 94th; it was VERY helpful for us – Amy is AMAZING and really helped our showmanship!

    This many years later, my daughter, who was 10 at the time(!!!), is planning on auditioning for the National Guard Band as a vocalist. This really just came up a couple of weeks ago. As she has been working with a private voice coach in addition to Brett Manning training material, I realized that having access to your material for her staging/presentation would be helpful to earn additional points on her audition.

    I immediately went to your website and started poking around. I noticed your post about Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything, and I started cracking up. Our family is constantly singing Oh Where Is My Hairbrush?, but of course we end up substituting whatever the thing is that we are looking for. The rest of the family immediately joins in, and we have to finish the song… EVERY time! LOL


    David White

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