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Thread #49818   Message #796314
Posted By: Genie
03-Oct-02 - 03:12 PM
Thread Name: Getting nursing home gigs
Subject: RE: Getting nursing home gigs
Marion, "No" can mean, "No, Nay, Never," or it can mean "You caught me in a bad mood (or at a bad time)" or "No to the hidden agenda I think you have" or "No to X" (when you are selling Y). In the case of ADs, it can (and often does) mean "I'm not booking anyone else for this month or the next few months." AD's sometimes do book for that time frame after saying that, due to cancellations, additional budget coming in for a special occasion, etc.

I don't think it's ever a bad idea to send a brochure with a cover letter to a facility even if your initial phone call has resulted in a rebuff. (Don't send more than one a year, though, without permission or unless a new AD takes over, and if specifically asked NOT to send one, DON'T.)

I thought I mentioned this in an earlier post to one of these threads:
It's hard to connect with the other entertainers since you are seldom booked for the same time period. I have met a few and exchanged cards and called them if I had to cancel and had them mention my name when they had to cancel. I would love to organize a network of entertainers who do senior facilities on a regular basis -- for referrals, sometimes to compare notes on facilities and ADs and admins, and occasionally to send a sort of petition to the facilities in the area (e.g., asking them to ask their staff and visitors to refrain from using cell phones and carrying on loud conversations during music programs, lectures, films, etc.--or trying to adopt a general policy about not cancelling longstanding bookings willy-nilly). But that takes a lot of work, and I don't know how good a response I would get from the other entertainers.