At the age of 16, Sam was chosen for the first time by the State of South Australia, to accompany the Lord Mayor as the official Entertainer, representing SA on various international sister-city delegations, which he continued to do for many years to come.
This would lead to full-time personal management, and marked the beginning of an international corporate career.
In addition, on turning 18, he was head-hunted to begin performing for the Adelaide Casino, who had up until then been waiting for the young and up-coming performer to come of age.
Over the next years he would be working for various blue-chip organisations at trade shows, galas, fashion parades, and TV programs.
It was during this time, that Sam’s entertainment work would develop into not only dance-related performance aspects, but include the art of prop construction and Special Effects skills, thus making up the 2 major aspects of the art-forms that make Sam Prest the multi-facetted Artist he is today.
At 21, the artist would be selected to go in the running for 2 Arts Category Awards, winning 1st Place as “South Australian of the Year”, and coming in 2nd Place for “Australian of the Year”.
By the age of 30, Sam was performing at all types of major events, including working with his SFX skills for the production of Wagner's "The Ring Cycle", the largest Opera ever produced in Australia.
Remembering his passion for the simplicity of busking, the exchange between the artist and the audience member so pure in its intensity, Sam decided to gather up his acquired skills and experience, and go back to his roots, entertaining people on a one-on-one level, right on the streets.
The next 12 years would see Sam entertaining audiences internationally with his ever evolving street-show “Robot”, in which he incorporates both sides of his art-forms, the Entertainer, and the SFX artist.
Official Entertainer for South Australia’s sister city Delegations in Indonesia, New Zealand, Japan
Opening act for the Olympic Russian Gymnastics Team Tour
Performance for Bill Clinton
Jordan Formula One Team Entertainer
Co-Host on ABC for children’s TV program
SFX artist for Australia’s largest Opera, “Wagner’s Ring Cycle”
Performance Tour with radio station “More FM”, New Zealand
Coopers Brewery Sponsorship
Previous Festivals include:
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Adelaide Fringe Festival
Auckland International Busker Festival
2nd - Australian of the Year
WINNER - South Australian of the Year, Arts Category
2nd - Honda Fiesta World Busking Championships 1993