Recently I’ve started performing in a new market/venue for me. I’m lucky that a lot of my friends work, or have worked this market and I was able to ask them a lot of questions before my first show. Knowledge is key to breaking into any market. It’ll keep you from making rooking mistakes, and help you do the best show possible for the venue.
One of the best pieces of advice that I got from my agent was, “act like you’ve been there before”. This is an amazing mindset to have. Don’t walk in all wide eyed like a kid on the first day of kindergarten. Walk in like the senior in high school. Sure there will be challenges, but really none of it’s a big deal.
That leads me to the second best piece of advice that I was given, also from my agent was, “It’s just another gig” and that’s true. You just do your show. You can get all excited about all the bells and whistles that now surround the venue, but at the end of the day, you just do the show you were booked to do.
If you keep changing the show you’ve polished ,then your show will suffer. In my opinion, it’s better to slowly tweak the show you do to fit the venue.