Be a ship musician!

March 16th, 2012

e are all told at one point in our lives that we possess certain gifts. Whether it is in the arts, sciences, business or humanities, we all have an instinct or natural proclivity towards something. If you’re reading this, you most likely have a proclivity for music. You’ve spent years honing your skills to a level that you and others (mainly teachers and peers) deem as praiseworthy and your main goal, your modus operandi, is to channel your passion towards an audience that will appreciate your talent.  That is the main reason why many of us aspire to play in big bands and jazz orchestras in the first place.  However, it becomes rather easy to lose hope when opportunity does not present itself at your door. Some of us fear taking the plunge and taking opportunity that requires small sacrifices. This is usually the case when accepting a gig on a cruise ship. We set sail for months and leave everything behind. We disconnect from what we know as home and friends for a life that we are not familiar with. But the fact remains that music is meant to be shared. Read the rest of this entry »

Time Of My Life

May 23rd, 2011

Throughout my career as founder of Proship Entertainment, I’ve been asked countless of times: “Did you ever worked on ships yourself?”  The answer is: yes and I had the time of my life.  In fact I had so much fun, I started this company whilst onboard my first vessel, in cabin CW-8 of the SS Amerikanis.  During the two-day crossings between New York City and St-Georges in Bermuda, I was able to borrow the purser’s typewriter to put together our company’s first agreements, procedures and correspondence. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Cruising Down Under

March 21st, 2011

I recently came back from a 14 day cruise that began in Sydney, Australia and ended in Auckland, New Zealand. It was everything & more of what I had expected, with fantastic views & different places to see almost daily. I have to thank my wife who first got me hooked on cruising about 10 years ago & this was in fact our 12th cruise & definitely my favorite. Read the rest of this entry »