November 27, 2014

Making a Business Out of Juggling and Funny Faces

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Can you make a business out of juggling and funny faces? David Beach has for years.

Beach originally became interested in the entertainment business when he appeared in a play back in elementary school. Since then, it’s been his goal to make a living as a film and TV actor.

Though he has appeared in those mediums, he’s also picked up some other skills along the way.

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Through his career, he’s worked as a prop comic, ventriloquist, juggler, emcee, voice-over artist, and more. He has performed at Disneyland, Universal Studios, and various other venues to make ends meet in between acting jobs. He said in a phone interview with Small Business Trends:

“I’ve always been an actor at heart, but all of the comedy and variety stuff is a great way to continue working. And it really is a fun way to make a living.”

Beach said he first started picking up these different skills while attending Catawba College in North Carolina. He lived down the hall from a magician and met various other types of performers. He learned how to juggle, took some improv classes, and even worked with clowns on occasion.

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His first regular paying job was performing at Carowinds amusement park in Charlotte, North Carolina. He worked there for two seasons during his college years. Since then, he’s performed at other amusement parks along with parties, events and other venues. He does all of this while also working on his film and television career.

Beach said that he enjoys all the different types of performing he gets to do. But the most difficult part has been juggling all of the different business aspects:

“When studying theater you learn pretty much everything you need to know about being on stage. But learning the actual nuts and bolts like getting jobs, finding an agent, and all the technical stuff you just have to learn as you go.”

Because of that, Beach said he would recommend that anyone interested in the entertainment industry learn as much about business as possible. So much of it involves promoting yourself and staying determined to find work.

“It really is a job, regardless of how fun it can be.”

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Annie Pilon - Staff Writer


Annie Pilon Annie Pilon is a staff writer for Small Business Trends, covering entrepreneur profiles and feature stories. She is a freelance writer specializing in marketing, social media, and creative topics. When she’s not writing for her various freelance projects or her personal blog Wattlebird, she can be found exploring all that her home state of Michigan has to offer.

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  1. I think that more than his skills, what made him succeed is his deep passion for the entertainment business. After all, he is in it ever since he was a kid. It is like he was meant for it.

    • Yes, I definitely think you need both the passion and the skills to make it in that business. So many people try it or want to try it and just don’t get far.

  2. Good for him! He sounds and looks like he absolutely loves what he does!

    The business part of being an artist is something a lot of artists struggle with, myself included. Talent’s one thing; having and applying business to that is another.

    • Yeah I feel like a lot of people don’t think about that aspect of it much before starting out. You definitely need both, so a lot of people just have to adapt along the way.

      • I think it’s either, as an artist, you become more business savvy, or if you have the budget, you hire someone to do the business side of things for you.

  3. I think this is a very good strategy in business. Making funny faces can lead you to become famous in market and having a good business and making people feel happy can lead you to success!

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