Get more gigs. Entertainers that know how to get their own gigs are in full control of their own destiny. Those who rely on agents or others to book their own gigs will always be at the mercy of someone else.
I don’t know about you but I would always want to put my own future in my own hands. If you want to be a successful entertainer then no one is going to work at it harder than you. Learn to book your own gigs.
It amazes me that a magician will spend $100’s of dollars on magic tricks and a guitar player has 4 very expensive guitars but neither one has invested even a $100 into a good looking business card. And I hope you noticed I said “INVESTED” into business cards not SPENT on business cards.
I would also be willing to wager that the majority of entertainers spend 20 hours a week rehearsing either on their own or with their group but they won’t INVEST an hour a day on really going after the gigs. And I hope you noticed again that I said INVEST an hour a day not SPEND and hour a day on getting more gigs.
SPENDING time and money means your time and money is gone forever. INVESTING time and money on promoting your talent could bring you results beyond your wildest dreams if you INVEST your time and money wisely.
Building a successful career as a professional entertainer is no different that building a house. It takes time, money and a GOOD PLAN to consistently get more gigs.
Have you ever heard the famous phrase ” Build a better mouse trap and the world will beat a path to your door”? Well its not true. You could be the best juggler or singer in the world but if you don’t learn how to market and promote your skills, you will get the same result as the guy with the better mouse trap that no one knows about.
INVESTING a little time and money into learning how to book your own gigs could very easily provide amazing returns on your investment.
Going after gigs without being prepared can only lead to more frustration.
I suggest spending 30-60 minutes each day learning how to position your self as a professional entertainer.
Then I suggest that you invest at least another 30-60 minutes each day implementing some of the things you have learned.
One of the most challenging parts for many new entertainers is deciding how much to charge for your services. In fact there are 7 main reasons entertainers do not get the gig. Having your act priced incorrectly is one of those 7 reasons. You are probably thinking of ways to cut your prices. Chances are you are prices are too LOW. Having the lowest priced act is not always a good thing, It is OK to charge more than the entertainers. Just offer more to your clients.
It is important that as an entertainer you learn to think out of the box. Don’t follow all the other entertainers. You have to not only have a unique act but also a new slant on promoting your self. Study other entertainers and see how they are promoting them selves. What can you offer your clients that no one is offering?
You are not only in the entertainer business you are also in the problem solving business. What problem does your act solve for your clients that no one else is able to solve the way you can?. Take some time and start thinking in that direction.
What you put in is what you get out. Start investing some time into learning the business side of being an entertainer. Learn how to book your own gigs.
Claude Haggerty is an expert in getting more gigs. His Grand Scale Illusion Show has performed many thousands of gigs and toured full time for more than 30 years.
Recently he has put together his Entertainer Bootcamp Video Series to help other entertainers in booking more gigs.