During her twelve-plus year career as a full-time performer in Las Vegas (performing lead roles in shows such as Caesars Magical Empire, Star Trek: The Experience, and M&M's World, and as an understudy for the legendary Second City improv troupe) Heather developed a variety of other skills that have since been put to use for corporate and private events of all kinds. Interaction and spontaneous comedy are Heather's strengths--you can throw her into virtually any situation, and she entertains!
Astrology readings as party entertainment--talk about a way to keep guests interested! Heather's readings grew out of a genuine interest in the stars, and she was put to work at events and in additional roles at Caesars Magical Empire (Caesars Palace) the instant it became known that she was available. Since then, Heather has grown into offering readings and chart reports for individuals and relationships, as well as producing a series of audio podcasts available on iTunes! Providing insight, validation, and downright spooky accuracy, Heather's astrology readings are delivered in a contemporary style (unless you have a themed event, when her acting skills can join the party) and are an unbelievably fun alternative to the standard Fortune Teller. Remember: "You're not crazy, it's Planetary!" (TM)
Heather also offers other styles of fortune telling, including one that's going like hotcakes these days: LIPSTICK READINGS! Event attendees press their freshly-coated lips onto a piece of paper, just like blotting away excess color. Heather delivers a brief "character portrait" style reading (always upbeat) based on the print! It's the newest craze in event entertainment, and even men love getting into the action! (But don't worry--Heather will bring a backup method of fortune telling if you'd prefer to have a more "masculine" option available.) Can work in tandem with your independently-hired makeup artist for a truly exceptional guest experience, or alone with her own lipstick kit, sanitized for each guest. (Also available: Palmistry, Handwriting Analysis, Readings-to-Match-Your-Theme, ie: shoes, fashion astrology, cell phones, masks.) Heather has "read" all of these items with spooky accuracy to the delight of hundreds of event guests!)
Heather has been walking stilts professionally since 2003, when she was a performer at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, and then full-time with the Show in the Sky at the Rio from 2004-7. She owns 6 full themed costumes of her own, shown in the photo gallery, and has access to many more. (The fairy is her most-requested!) A stiltwalker--especially one that can DANCE!--is an attention-getting, highly-interactive addition to your event, and one that can liven the party by several notches!
Face painting came about literally overnight while performing in the dinner show, Caesars Magical Empire at Caesars Palace. An expansion into performances for children on weekend days necessitated additional entertainments, so face painters and jugglers were put to good use. Heather's graphic design skills translated well onto little faces, and she's been painting on skin ever since. Surprisingly, Body Art is quite popular at grown-up events too. IOActive's DefCon attendees were instant fans, requesting all sorts of sci-fi characters; and painting your event staff is a great way to round out your theme. Heather doesn't use sample cards unless absolutely necessary, instead encouraging subjects to use their imagination. If you can describe it, Heather can paint it--end of story. Heather is also skilled and capable of producing longer-lasting henna tattoos for events. Forget the tchotchkes, offer your guests a souvenir that will leave an elegant and lasting impression for weeks to come!
Finally, Heather's skills as an Emcee or Host for your event, fashion show, or meeting are polished from years of speaking, acting, and improvising professionally in front of live audiences of all kinds, training in performance for the stage, as well as working in commercials, television, and voice-overs. Whether you have specific material to be delivered in a scripted format, or you just need a professional Emcee to host your event from beginning to end, Heather is prepared to speak for you. (Emcee video on the way...)
Obviously, this is one well-rounded performer--when hiring Heather Burdette for your event, presentation, or corporate function, you can relax as countless clients, producers, and agents have done for years, knowing you've hired a true professional who brings 110% to every show.
Heather is married to bassist Jozef Bobula, also featured on this site for his Jazz solo work, as well as his duo performances with singer Lisa Smith (also found on Gigmasters) and for his Jozef Bobula Trio. Looking for a package deal? You've come to the right place.