Sunday, October 23, 2011

So this is how a "Barker" feels like....

What is a "Barker"?

Here's what Wikipedia has to say ---
barker is a person who attempts to attract patrons to entertainment events, such as a circus or funfair, by exhorting passing public,[1] describing attractions of show and emphasizing variety, novelty, beauty, or some other feature believed to incite listeners to attend entertainment.
The pinoy-version of a "Barker" is one who stations himself near where the public utility vehicles are (ie jeepneys and buses) and calls the attention of passengers. Yung mga tipong sisigaw ng "Kyaaaaaaaaaaappppooooooooooooo" or "Kuuubbbbaaaawwww" or "Onting usog dyan, sampu-an yan!" Ganyan. Hehe.

So what does that have to do with me? Pinasok ko na rin ba ang pagbabarker? HAHAHAHAHA! Well, not really.... but I now understand how a barker feels like after a longggggggg day of shouting and yelling and vocal chords-stretching. Haha.

Read on.

I hosted a party at the Fort earlier this afternoon.  The party was at 3pm but I was there an hour early because I need to prepare all the stuff that I need to use.

 It was a Hello Kitty-themed party but I didn't have anything pink in my closet and I cannot grow whiskers overnight (LOL) so I opted to wear something lace-y and girly.

Everything was alright except for the sound system.  The music was sucky and the microphone was not functioning!!!!!!!!! One of my pet-peeves as a host is when I am not given a good sound system.  It's easier to get your message across when you're clearly heard by the crowd, especially when majority of the crowd's composed of 6-years-old kids with short attention spans. Hahahahaha!

But of course the show must go on. There are people who were 'born with a silver spoon', and there are those who were 'born with a built-in microphone'.  Fortunately (or unfortunately? haha), I belong to the latter.

Parang lahat ng litid ko lumabas this afternoon! Hahahahaha! I had to keep my voice loud and clear and fun to get everyone's attention. Kalowka. But it was still an awesome party despite the slight technical booboos! The kids and adults alike had so much fun especially when I asked them to play musical chairs! Hahaha.

But seriously, it was a bit stressful to shout for a couple of hours straight.  Now I totally get how barkers feel like after a long day of work... Or wives who scream endlessly at their philandering husbands.... Or football fans who cheer and yell for their team during Super Bowl... Or bosses who scream because they've been given the wrong report... LOL! Nakakapagod sumigaw, pramis. Hehe.

I'm wishing you all a very serene, yell-free Sunday! :) Hehehe!

The Unpure One na Masakit ang Lalamunan,



khantotantra said...

hehehe. yan ang mahirap sa hostings kasi dapat maganda ang quality ng audio. pangit pag nachochoppy ka habang dinedeliver ang skits and info

The Gasoline Dude™ said...

Naks! Ikaw na talaga ang rakista!

-=K=- said...

Gelo - korek! Spot on!

Alex - oo, ganun talaga kapag matindi ang pangangailangan. LOL!!!!!

cardiacku said...

Thanks for sharing informations....

SpiderHamm said...

that's one of the perks of hosting.
dapat uminom ka ng salabat afterwards, to protect your voice since that's your asset in your job.
kelangan ingatan ang boses tulad sa phone support na gaya namin ni khanto

Charles said...

buti na lang wala kang song number

Artiemous said...

naexperience ko na rin to dati, i need to conduct a training for 40 people and the microphone is not working... i have to shout for almost 5 hours... kamusta naman ang paos kinabukasan. :D