Why Hoopers Should Use YouTube More Often

Why Hoopers Should Use YouTube More Often

You may have noticed that YouTube hooping videos aren’t getting the same attention as they used to. Yeah, we know the ads can get irritating and being taken away to another screen can take a few seconds longer than we like. However, the benefits outweigh the disadvantages! Why should hoopers spend more time with YouTube? 1. You can search for videos you want to watch. You can then sort the results by upload date, type, length, video quality, view count, popularity and more. 2.  You can get email notifications when your favorite hoopers upload new videos if you subscribe to their channel. 3. You can use way more songs without getting in trouble for using them. I recommend using the YouTube audio library and their list of ad supported music. 4.  You can monetize your videos to earn cash if your videos get lots of views and traffic! Typically, it takes around several hundred thousand views to be profitable, but hey you can always try. However, you can only monetize videos that don’t use most music. Tutorials are an excellent way to make some money this way, as long as you don’t use copyright music in it. Consult the audio library list in #3 to see which songs you can use and monetize. 5.  You can slow the videos down or speed them up while you watch them! Turning videos into instant slow mo tutorials! Here’s how: Article on how to adjust YouTube video speed 6.  You can choose your level of video quality (low quality all the way to Ultra HD). This allows you to watch videos in low...
Under-Charging for Hooping Products and Services

Under-Charging for Hooping Products and Services

  A recent topic of discussion in the hooping community lately is under-charging for products. More specifically, hoop shops that are charging only for the price of materials (or less than that). This article is going to provide some insight on how this is damaging to everyone, and damaging the shops that are charging low prices. This article will also touch on why it is a good idea to charge a decent amount for hoop services (such as classes) as well. You should be compensated for your time and effort, even if you feel you should sacrifice them for the beginning of your new business opportunity. Burn-out and exhaustion is going to hit you hard if you continue to charge such low prices for so much work. You may not even realize how much work you are going to have to do. Especially if you are really great at making hoops and people get word of your low prices, you may be facing a challenge impossible to overcome. Best case scenario, you get popular and you will have to hire people to keep up with demand. How would you hire help for your shop if you can’t afford to pay yourself, due to the low prices you are asking? Once your prices go up to where the others’ are, will you still have customers? We are looking out for you and trying to help you see things that you may not be expecting! Katie Emmitt has been running her own hoop shop for years, Kemmitt Hoops Katie says: “Things you’re paying for (or paying for partially) when you purchase a hoop...
Expectations of Free Lessons in the Hooping Community

Expectations of Free Lessons in the Hooping Community

While participating in a social media discussion, other hooping instructors and I were producing rich content and the conversation was so full of insight that I decided to create an interview-based article. I also decided to ask in the group “Business for Flow Artists” and gathered some insight there from other flow artists. This article can provide some detailed insight to members of the hooping community. However, this article is mostly meant for those who would like to start teaching or have recently started teaching classes. We as instructors want to spread information and awareness about this controversial topic. We want everyone to understand our point of view as instructors who receive income from getting paid to teach people how to hoop dance (and how to get fit doing it). Sometimes, we depend on that income to pay our bills and keep things afloat. The topic was how frequently we run into the expectation of free teaching for classes and lessons. How can we change this and be taken more seriously in the field of teaching hooping and hoop dance? Missy Cooke’s response: “In my area yoga ranges from free – $15/class. Most places are less than $10. Zumba ranges from $5-10. Martial Arts ranges from $25-$200/month. Dance classes are $7-20/class. Businesses struggle at every price range. I think it helps to know who your market is, but even more basic, to constantly reinforce how you help. As an example, my students are moms and grad students who are stressed out, so I constantly talk about the mental health benefits of hooping, and cater my class to help them relax. These are the points...
5 Resting Moves to Catch your Breath During Performances

5 Resting Moves to Catch your Breath During Performances

  Even the most fit and experienced performers get tired, eventually. When you’re getting out of breath, sweating, and losing your cool, you need to slow down but may need to keep performing. Times like these require the “resting moves” I will list and explain below. Some of these moves may not be for resting for you personally. Consider how well and how easily you can do these moves before adding them to your list of performance resting moves. Ideally, you should have a very high skill set and be able to do many advanced things in both directions before starting to perform. Consider these things when you’re starting out. 1. Slow Isolations Do as many low energy variations on them as you can think of. Avoid doing horizontal line or ghosting isolations as those require some additional energy. Let your one arm rest behind your back while the other arm does some low-energy isolations. Switch between forward and backward (clockwise and counter-clockwise) isolations. 2. Leg/Knee Hooping   If you aren’t super duper comfortable with this, you may want to avoid it. I can leg hoop in my sleep and never mess it up so I use it when I am exhausted during a performance. You can also use this move to fix your hair and still impress your crowd instead of stopping to fix your hair. “Wow did you see that? She fixed her hair while she was still hooping!” – like an efficient pro! 3. Foot Hooping One of the most relaxing and rejuvenating moves you can do is to lay on the floor and do a...
Bravery Affirmations for Hoop Professionals

Bravery Affirmations for Hoop Professionals

  From performers, to teachers, to vendors, and even to all practicing hoopers, everyone can benefit from these three powerful affirmations! Repeat them to yourself to keep your spirits high and courage strong. These affirmations are a boost of self-love for your mad hooping skills! I am brave. I am confident in my knowledge and skills. Whether it is getting on stage, teaching your class, hooping at the local park, or getting ready to sell your hoops, be brave! Being successful is part knowing your stuff, and having the skills to back it up, and you have got both of those things baby! So be confident! Instead of thinking “I’m nervous” think “I’m brave!” Being a little nervous is good, it means your body is at full alert! Don’t associate that with a bad thing, because it is good, and when combined with repeating positive affirmations, instead of reinforcing feelings of fear, you can really own that magical talent you’ve brought to the stage! I am thankful to share my talent with others. So many people are amazed by the magic and wonders of hoop dance, especially those outside of the circle. Even your beginners’ strut will make people stop and glance! So with that said, be grateful you can share this beauty and joy with others. It brings many smiles to the audience, and that is such a special moment, when you have brought joy and inspiration to someone. It’s one of the best feelings in the world, honestly! If you’re nervous about your performance, or next big gig, just remember to be boundlessly grateful that you can...
Raising Your Hoop Dance Class Prices – by Missy Cooke

Raising Your Hoop Dance Class Prices – by Missy Cooke

Photo above is from Melissa Stockwell's Double Hoops Workshop Article Content Written by Missy Cooke. It can be scary to raise prices for a lot of reasons, especially if it feels like your current or future students may not be on board with a higher price. But, if you can’t survive (financially or emotionally) because of the demands and lack of funds then you will end up not teaching at all (or doing it for free). I had (and still have) a lot of “work” to do on my own money mindset to get over the feeling that people don’t want to pay more for ‘expensive’ things. But, I have found a few things to be true that have helped. 1) People pay less attention to the price than you think. Just because they ask how much, doesn’t mean they care. A lot of time it’s pure logistics or curiosity. 2) Low prices bring low clientele. Complaints, disrespectful behavior, distracting behavior, no shows, and answering a million questions you’ve already answered are often (but not always) exacerbated by low entry fees. 3) There are clients at every price point. Just as some people are turned off by high prices, many are turned off by low prices. You don’t know who you are missing because they think your underpriced classes aren’t worth it.4) Don’t ask permission. When your students ask how much, tell them confidently and look them in the eye. Practice saying your rate in the mirror if you have to until you believe it. If you sound like you’re asking for permission, people will associate that lack of confidence...