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As a Career Counselor AND Coach, I:

...Know what Artistic Directors seek. I make hundreds of calls weekly, interview with hundreds of prospects, and book a large percentage of those gigs.

...Understand this market because I've spent the last fifteen years working on the road.

...Understand the career building AND management process from an entertainer's perspective AND an Artistic Director's, and how different venues go about filling their seasons.

Richard Skipper's 4 Step Model
My clients engage in these sessions from the comfort of their homes. The initial consultation is conducted over the phone. (No charge for this).

We'll talk for 25 minutes and I'll ask you pointed questions that will get me the information I need to personalize my services to meet your unique situation.

In two sessions, I will help you investigate your professional strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, and your current situation, and bring focus to YOUR self-directed career DEVELOPMENT, helping you make THE best and most highly individualized decisions possible.

This phase, usually three sessions in length, helps you design and execute your career plan. It includes strategy, documentation (such as your press kit), web site, conducting a search, networking, and interviewing skills.

Upon completion of the coaching process, we will schedule follow-up calls over the following weeks to help ensure your success. We might recommend some additional counseling and coaching sessions.

Here at Elegant Diamond Productions, our mission is to help individuals decide upon, design, and achieve careers that are contributing to their success as a dynamic, contributing artists in their respective fields of expertise. I believe that having the career you desire is attainable IF you're willing to do the groundwork it takes. This will define the way in which you earn your living, how you contribute to the world around you, and in large part, how you define yourself as a person. Finding work is crucial to emotional, psychological, and physical well-being.


Richard Skipper is a multi-award winning entertainer who has garnered audience and critical acclaim from coast to coast.

2008 brought many professional highs, including a successful run at the Wings Theater Company in January and February which took the show to another level as a two-act evening of theater. After closing that show, he was off to the Cultural Center Theater in Port Charlotte Florida and on to Aspen for another show after that. On March 31, he was a surprise special guest for the Dancer's Over 40 tribute to Gower Champion, featuring David Hartman and Marge Champion, and he performed there again on May 19 for the Spring Fling. In June 2008, he performed as "Carol Channing as Dolly Levi" at Asbury Park's Paramount Theater in a special benefit performance of "Hello Dolly!" with a cast of 125 and a 25 piece orchestra. Other highlights include the National Theatre Wing tribute to Carol Channing, Tommy Tune and James Earl Jones, a benefit performance for the Dr. Carol Channing/Harry Kullijian Foundation For The Arts with Carol and Harry in attendance and guest star Neil Sedaka, performing on board WindStar Cruise Lines from Rome to Athens, and a return engagement in celebration of Carol Channing's birthday at Washington DC's National Theater. Past performances have included Carnegie Hall with Sam Harris and The New York City Gay Men's Chorus, Late Night With Conan O'Brien, and an appearance with Carol Channing and the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus at the Palace Of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

Richard Skipper has taken his tribute to Carol Channing to Atlantic City for three long-running engagements at Trump's Taj Mahal and The Hilton. He has played three engagements at Caesar's Casino Windsor in Windsor, Ontario and The Windsor Hilton. Other engagements include The Ice Palace on Fire Island (for which he won two Mikey Awards for best act on Fire Island), the Westchester Broadway Theatre, The Bradstan Inn (in the Catskills), Georgian Court College (with Dody Goodman), The Ocean's Inn and The New Crown And Anchor in Provincetown, MA; Tavern On The Green and The Russian Tea Room. He was the featured performer for Pridefest in Milwaukee along with Pat Benatar and Judy Tenuta.

Richard Skipper has also performed at the 21 Club at the request of Arlene Dahl, The Regent (special performance for Carol Channing!), Le Cirque for Joey Adams' 85th Birthday; on numerous occasions for the NY Post's gossip columnist Cindy Adams; as a guest star in "The Impersonators" with Jamie deRoy at The Friar's Club, The New York Historical Society with Claire Bloom, Donna McKechnie, Hayley Mills, Tony Roberts, and George Shearing ; the "Get Out And Vote" Rally for New Jersey's Senator Lautenberg with Dr. Quinn's Chad Allen, Activist James Dale & Rue McClanahan; and he has also shared the stage with Celeste Holm at the York Theatre in Manhattan.

Richard Skipper often donates his time for benefit performances, including fund-raisers for the Dr. Carol Channing/Harry Kullijian Foundation For The Arts, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, The Actors' Fund, T.O.P.A. (Towards Older Person Awareness), The Helen Hayes Hospital (this has become an annual event), Makar Caring Community, Twelve Miles West Theatre, and The Presbyterian Camp in Holmes, New York.

Richard will work with you according to your budget. Please call to discuss fee arrangement which will reflect the following time commitments:

*The 4 Step Process

*Additional Counseling and Coaching Seminars (per 2 sessions after 4 Step Process)

*Cover Letter & Resume Review/Recommendations

*Individual Sessions

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