One thing that drives me nuts is when performers in online groups say things like, “I won’t get out of bed for less that $500…”. That’s fine, you can have a price that you won’t work for less than, however you are missing out on a lot of opportunities.
What I mean by “opportunities” is chances to perform in cool shows that have a lot more value than a paycheck. Here’s an example, last year and this year I’m performing at the Southern Sideshow Hootenanny in New Orleans. This is a festival of sideshow performers and variety acts from around the world.
All of the acts are getting paid the same, and many of their rates are thousands of dollars for a single show…yet they are working for a fraction of their normal rate.
Easy, this is part of something bigger than a one off paycheck. They are building their brand within their industry AND networking. I’ve made a lot of great connections with people at festivals like this which have yielded more money than I would have made if I got my normal fee for that show.
Then for me the greatest value is to work with great acts! There’s an old saying, “you are the sum of the 4 people you are around the most”. What that means is if you hang out with people that aren’t good performers, you’re going to have a hard time getting good. However if you hang out with people that are amazing performers, it will elevate you and push you to be better.
These festivals are great chances to meet and become friends with amazing artists! Go out and apply to a festival and up your game as a performer!