I was reading the chatter on another forum about performing shows for free and it really got me to thinking and so I decided to give my thoughts on this.
It seems to me that when it comes to show business it is one of the very few venues that people think you should work for free. Isn’t it amazing to think that if you were a plumber, you advertise in the yellow pages, and you get a call saying there is a leak under my sink and the party asks if you can come over and fix it for free?
Or you are a lawyer and a client calls and says he has just been arrested for drunk driving. I need you to represent me but please will you do it for free? OK maybe on the law if you prove indigence you can get a court appointed attorney but working in the court system for over 30 years, you know what you get for free. Answer is, “see you when you get out of jail.”
As a performer, in any venue, you have expenses such as props, sound systems, script writers, set decorations etc, etc. So why would you perform for free. Just does not make any sense. My son, who is a pro magician and does restaurant magic has had this problem many times and when he explains to the prospective client about his costs usually they either pay or go elsewhere. Never, Never perform for free because once you do you will never get paid and believe me word spreads that hey do you know so and so…..you can get him or her to perform for free.
Dan Willinger is a ventriloquism enthusiast and ventriloquist figure collector. He has been collecting for over 25 years. He created the Ventriloquist Central Collection. It now has over 100 ventriloquist figures and over 50 of them are Frank Marshall figures. Because of his love for the art of ventriloquism, Mr. Willinger created the website Ventriloquist Central. For more information about the website, go to: http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
Copyright 2010 by Dan Willinger
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