How to put a promo pack together.

April 20th, 2011

I have been working at Proship Entertainment for over 8 years and many of you already know me. I started in January 2003 and although I came from an accounting background, I was also a drummer in a band for many years. I knew what I had to do to get good paying gigs: Make a very good promo pack! The better the promo pack, the better the job. I did not know anything about the cruise ship Read the rest of this entry »

You’ve gotta have styles…

April 13th, 2011

Looking for a nice, challenging gig onboard Cruise Ships? There are lots of opportunities for musicians. But, before you join on that fabulous adventure of Cruising around the World, there is one thing among others that’s very important to master to have a successful start in this industry.

For those who are just finishing school and looking to get started on your musical career, it is very important to have a good understanding of Latin Dance Styles; the most popular being played onboard ships are the Bossa Nova, Samba, Cha-Cha, Rumba. Although the music perform onboard is getting more pop oriented, in many occasions you will be asked to perform Ballroom Dancing sets. Depending on which instruments you are playing, knowing the right rhythms, tempos, comping, bass lines for each of those latin styles mentioned above is most important. It might actually be the first things that you would play when joining a ship. Being well prepare will give a good first impression to the Band Leader.

What follows are the most common Ballroom dancing styles and others that you’ll likely be performing onboard ships: Bossa Nova, Samba, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Swing, Slow Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Paso Doble, Jive, etc  There are plenty of videos examples on YouTube to get started. Just do a search and start shedding.

Patrice Duchemin, Account Manager

10 Effective Strategies When Applying for Cruise Musician Jobs

April 5th, 2011

For those of you that don’t know him, David Hahn is an excellent piano player, originally from Illinois, that has dedicated a part of his life to help musicicians in their careers.  To this end, he has founded www.musicianwages.com which is a a great  site filled with FREE and pertinent information for the working musician, complete with a job board.

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Recently David extended his hospitality by asking the proship team for an article on 10 Effective Strategies When Applying for Cruise Musician Jobs.  We are grateful for the opportunity and invite you to read the article at:

http://www.musicianwages.com/cruise-ship-musician/10-effective-strategies-when-applying-for-cruise-musician-jobs

Enjoy,

Daniel Thibault, CEO

Here is what a guitar player should know …

March 30th, 2011

… about a Show band gig on a modern cruise ship:

First off, you have to posses excellent sight reading skills; every day you will be called upon to read different charts in many different styles.  Usually you will see the charts for the first time at rehearsal, which is only a few hours before the actual show, thus making it imperative to nail it on the spot.  If you do struggle with one or more charts, you may have the time to practice them before “Showtime”.

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How to Prepare yourself, musically, for a Showband gig onboard a cruise ship

February 14th, 2011

So, you’ve heard about ships from a friend, or maybe seen something online, and think you want to give it a shot. Perhaps you are asking yourself, “What type of music would I be playing, exactly? I mean, I’m going to be playing endless choruses of The Girl from Ipanema, while sipping piña coladas by the pool, how do you prepare for that, anyway?” Don’t kid yourself, playing as member of a showband on a ship is a challenging job for many musicians. Based on my own experiences, I will try to give you an idea of what you might actually be doing onboard a ship, and what kind of things to work on to prepare yourself for the gig. Read the rest of this entry »