Mudcat Café message #143512 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #15779   Message #143512
Posted By: M. Ted (inactive)
01-Dec-99 - 11:51 PM
Thread Name: When should you be paid for performing?
Subject: RE: When should you be paid for performing?
Mudjack, my experience has been that when you play for free, people are often more inclined to push you around than when you are being paid--when there is money involved, it is much less likely that you'll kept sitting in a back room all day or night and then told, "Sorry, there was a mix up we gave your time slot to some one important"

I have lived in a number of places where there were many young and aspiring performers (including me!) and have seen too many instances where their eagerness to perform was carelessly and often crassly exploited.

If you need performing to be an important part of your life, you should do it for money, and without shame--exceptions would be any situation where it is donated for a cause that you find worthy, when it is for someone you love, when someone really famous invites you to come up on stage, or when there is a TV crew set up--