Thursday, April 20, 2017

KICKOFF PARTY at I-Drive/360

Here's an update for our 2017 Sunburst Convention schedule!

The Convention is planned for August 30- September 3, 2017.  This is Labor Day Weekend, so it gives you that extra MONDAY for free time and/or travel time.

Here's the FUN NIGHT for 2017!  The night before the convention, we will be boarding a bus from the hotel and going to I-Drive/360...Orlando's newest/Hottest entertainment/Shopping/Dining attraction. It's our Kickoff Party!

We will have a Red Carpet Walk and 10 lucky entertainers will be performing in the Courtyard of I-Drive/360. 10 others will be performing in Tin Roof Bar!  Everyone will receive free tickets to their three attractions: Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, The Orlando Eye (Florida's Largest Ferris Wheel) and The Orlando Aquarium!

Some locals may wish to drive on their own and meet us there.  If you do that, we will still give you tickets for Madame Tussueds and the other attractions.  Costumes are welcome and encouraged.  The public welcomed to attend at no charge!  Bring your camera!


Please remember that we ONLY have 150 hotel room nights this year and they WILL sell out.  Many attendees have already made their reservations. You can do so by calling: 407-859-1500 and asking for reservations.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

National Look Alike Day!

I was reminded on my Facebook account that today is National Look Alike Day!  You know, there is a day for practically everything.  National Ice Cream Day, National Talk Like A Pirate Day, National Flower Day...you name it.  So it's not surprising that there is a National Look Alike Day.

Being in the business, my wife and I have a tendency to "see" celebrities in the faces of every day people.  Just this past week, I ran into a "Justin Bieber" and a "Queen Latifah".  When I asked "How many times have you heard that?", they both said "Almost every day."  And both of them said "But I don't sing."

So, naturally, I give them my business card and tell them they could make a lot of money just doing meet/greet.  I tell them they don't HAVE to sing in order to be in this business.  But frankly, I'm not expecting a call from either one.  I don't know if they thing I'm full of BS or they don't think they can do it.

I believe almost every celebrity look alike started out with people telling them OVER AND OVER again that they look like a certain celebrity.  There are a few who got into the business though they look like no one...but they doesn't seem to stop them.  They get the costumes, make up and wigs to get the gist of the character...and they get booked!  We have a special rate for those just starting out!  No "showcase" is required.

But I would like for anyone reading this blog to know that if they are told over and over again they look like someone famous, to attend The Sunburst Convention and quickly learn how to turn that into tremendous fun and profit!  Why not?

It's 100% tax deductable and next year on National Look Alike Day...you can say "HEY!  I"m one!"


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Sunburst Registration/ Register Now, Pay Later

Hi Folks, Just a head's up.
Since I have implemented the "register now, pay later" aspect to The Sunburst Convention, we've had QUITE a number of registrations even though the convention is not until Labor Day weekend. We have limited the showcase spots to ONLY 60 this year. Total. That's it. However, we will have unlimited availability to attend for those not showcasing. We've never had this many to register so early, which is a good thing. However, I would recommend you register now if you THINK you might be coming. You can pay as late as July 31, 2017. Please make your hotel reservations as well. You can cancel up to 72 hours before check in. But get your registration in early to secure your spot. Singers get a 4 minute showcase. Comedians, (and politicians) get 5 minutes. Look Alikes get 2/two minute interviews (one on each day of the showcases). These are considered showcase spots. We are not conducive to live bands HOWEVER, we DO recommend that Tribute Bands attend and we can show your video of your band as your showcase.(Limit of 3 minutes) EVERYONE getting a "Full Access" or "No Showcase" ticket gets a promo table.
It's our 15th Anniversary. Last year, we SOLD OUT of seats and had standing room only for our Saturday Showcase. On May 1st, we'll be increasing registrations for a Saturday Showcase by $25. So if you want a Saturday showcase, register NOW to secure your spot.
Everyone asks "Which day is the best day to showcase?". To be honest, it's up to you. Generally, we have more "buyers" on the Friday showcase and more of the "General Public" on Saturdays. Most people prefer to showcase on Saturday. You get your promo table for both days. One rule: FIRST TIME ATTENDEES perform on Friday. Repeat attendees get their choice. (We do reserve the right to change the line up as needed.) And just like last year, EVERYONE who attends the showcases MUST leave through the promo room....and we route them so they have to pass by most every table.
A "No Showcase" ticket will get you EVERYTHING the convention offers, less the actual showcase.
 If for some reason we do not sell out of all of the showcases, we do offer you to perform a second showcase for $75. Should it happen, we announce that just a couple of weeks before the convention.

Monday, March 27, 2017

2017 Registration is now open!

HI HO! 
Great news! 

Registration for The Sunburst Convention is now open. AND....we've got some greater news! You can register now and pay later in a brand new way. You no longer need to put in your Credit Card information on our registration page. You just fill out the form, select what you want and hit submit. You will then be invoiced through SQUARE....AND, you can even select WHEN you want to be invoiced. 

If you have already pre-registered with a deposit, we will send you an invoice for you to pay now or later if you want. So if you want to secure your showcase spot, you can register now and PAY NOTHING....and we'll invoice you later. We will give you up until July 31, 2107 to pay the invoice. So register now. We are ONLY doing 60 showcase spots this year. After they are gone, we will still have unlimited "No Showcase" tickets available. 

We also have introductory tickets available for first timers to Sunburst (restrictions apply). As of right now, we do not offer a "second showcase". AND, we are going back to I-Drive/360 for our Kick-Off Party!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Sunburst 2017!

Here's an update for our 2017 Sunburst Convention schedule!

The Convention is planned for August 30- September 3, 2017.  This is Labor Day Weekend, so it gives you that extra MONDAY for free time and/or travel time.

Here's the FUN NIGHT for 2017!  The night before the convention, (Normally our Welcome Party night), we will be boarding a bus from the hotel and going to I-Drive/360...Orlando's newest entertainment/Shopping/Dining attraction. It's our Kickoff Party!

We will have a Red Carpet Walk and 16 lucky entertainers will be performing in the Courtyard of I-Drive/360.   Everyone will receive free tickets to their three attractions.

Some locals may wish to drive on their own and meet us there.  If you do that, we will still give you a wristband for Madame Tussueds and the other attractions.  Costumes are welcome and encouraged.

Any Tips received will be donated to #OneOrlando.


Monday, September 5, 2016

Saturday, August 13, 2016

PROMOTIONAL GIVE AWAY!

I'm donating a two hour Austin Powers meet/greet appearance (less travel should it apply/upon availability) to our door prizes at The Sunburst Convention. This is for our "Buyer's Bingo" drawing. I challenge other Sunburst attendees to offer the same or similar. It is only available to our attending registered Buyers. One might ask "How does that work?" Easy. I will make a two hour appearance for free. Should they want me for more time, they have to pay me my regular hourly rate for more. Those who do shows (like singers, comedians, etc) might want to offer a special price for a booking. Or...a free booking. (You can limit the time, like a free 20 minute show or something like that.) You can also put "Restrictions Apply" on your offer. Even if one of your regular clients wins, it's good faith efforts like this that put you in good graces with the agent/buyer and it pays off. Bookings beget bookings. It's a one time deal.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

KICKOFF PARTY UPDATE

UPDATE: Allison Walker Torres with CFNEWS13, will be covering our KICKOFF PARTY at I-Drive/360 on Wednesday, August 31! We may need to leave the hotel a little earlier in order to get the coverage. We want as many registered entertainers in costume as possible.

NOTE: It has been brought to my attention that there may be local look alikes coming to I-Drive/360 to take advantage of our convention without actually registering. This is true, it may happen. However, rest assured that if someone tries to "crash" our event (in costume) without registering, they will be asked to leave the premises by I-Drive/360 security. ONLY those registered may be interviewed by Allison. Only those registered will be allowed to do our "Red Carpet Walk" there and ONLY those registered will be allowed the drink specials and other discounts offered at I-Drive/360. Finally, ONLY those registered will be given FREE tickets to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, The Orlando Eye (Giant Ferris Wheel) and The Orlando Aquarium. I"ll post this on our web site as well.


The general public is MORE than invited to come to I-Drive/360 and enjoy the festivities. We'll have two stages providing entertainment. One will be in the courtyard of I-Drive/360 in front of Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum and The Orlando Eye. The other will be happening inside TIN ROOF BAR, Orlando's newest and hottest live music venue.

Come and enjoy the fun. There is no charge to attend this event.

Thank you Ilene at Passion PR Consulting- Our PR Firm!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Possible Showcase Sellout

As of today, we are seriously looking at the possibility of selling out seats for our showcases. Currently, we have it set up so that if you buy tickets to our showcases on line, we guarantee seating. We cannot guarantee seating when guests show up at the door. We currently have seats left. Go here to buy your showcase tickets on line. https://www.sunburstconvention.com/public-tickets.html

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Sunburst is 28 days away!

Hi Folks,

The Sunburst Convention is just 28 days away.  It's NOW time for those who are coming to register and let us know they are coming.  We have so much to do to prepare.

We just acquired more "Trade Show Room" space for our attendees to put their promotional material.  That means we've opened up more space for our vendors.  Come one, come all!

The Convention is August 31-September 4, 2016 in Orlando.  All details are at www.sunburstconvention.com .

Our phone number is 407-226-9088 or 1-866-342-9310.

We have showcase spots available for now.

We've also acquired more hotel rooms to our "room block".  Call 407-859-1500 to reserve your room.
Thanks.

Greg M Thompson