One thing that drives me nuts is when people talk about performing for money and they say, “I don’t leave the house for less that $XXX”. They are missing a ton of great chances to be in some cool shows with cool people.
Next week I’m performing at Valley Variety in Phoenix. When I originally got the gig I was going to be in the area, however now I’m basically flying in for it, so I’m doing it at a financial loss. I didn’t cancel the gig because it’s fun show with some acts that I’m interested in seeing.
There are a ton of amazing shows that people can perform in. Sure most of them don’t pay very much, but you get network with other great performers. Also typically you are doing an act, not a whole show, so it’s a great chance to work on new material.