Updated on March 27th, 2018
In this day and age, it seems like there is an app for virtually everything. Personal banking, shopping, and fitness tracking can all be done with the click of a button, and it seems like everyday more and more apps are showing up in the app store.
In fact, there are approximately 2.8 million apps available between Apple and Android’s app stores. One area in particular that seems to dominate the app store is music. There are countless music and entertainment apps available to download, making it more accessible than ever before.
Special Guest is an entertainment booking app that allows users to hire different types of entertainment at their fingertips. The app, co-founded by actor and comedian Damon Wayans Jr and developed by APPEK Mobile Apps, allows users to book magicians, comedians, bands, and other types of entertainers to perform at parties and events.
Apps like Special Guest are changing the way we look at the entertainment industry, as it allows us to get up close and personal with the process of talent acquisition. Before entertainment booking apps existed, hiring entertainment for parties and events was dry and heavily relied on word of mouth.
Typically, you would hear about a performer through someone who had previously worked with them and base your decision to hire them off of that. There was little transparency when it came to hiring entertainment, and it was often a hit or miss when it came to the actual performance.
The Special Guest app allows users to thoroughly vet talent before doing anything else, ensuring that each booking is a good fit. On the app, performers are asked to build a profile based on a variety of information, including pictures and videos of performances so that people can get a feel for your entertainment style.
Performers also have the option to link their personal Twitter and Instagram accounts to their Special Guest profile, giving users a more in-depth look at who they could potentially be hiring. The app’s mission is to be an all-inclusive platform where people can discover new talent, book said talent directly through the app, and also pay talent through the app. Special Guest completely eliminates the need to jump through hoops just to book entertainment for an event, and its accessibility is one of the key things that makes the app so innovative.
Special Guest is the ideal app for not only people looking to hire entertainment, but for performers as well. Before apps like Special Guest existed, performers had to pound the pavement in order to find work.
With Special Guest, performers have a better chance of having their work seen or heard, and many performers have been having success through using the app. For example, an undiscovered band has the opportunity to gain more exposure than they could have gained without using the app. Special Guest is facilitating the connection between talent and consumers in a fresh and exciting way, and it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the app.