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Comedy Writer
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Just got a request from a charity to reduce my fee - looked them up.
They take in 3 million dollars a year
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I've done charity work previously...the best thing is to get a letter of appreciation from them...looks great in your press kit...and as for above, they may take in 3 million a year, but how much do they hand out...if they're a real IRS identified charity, that's where most of their funds go, although salaries are usually paid to those who administer it...as for the press kit, you can copy a letter, and cut out a highlight from it..do that with 4 letters on a large bed copier, and you can reduce the letters so you can get 4 on a page, each with it's own highlight comment across the face...makes a great insert in your press kit or advertising package, whatever you use to get the word out to prospects and agents...
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I did a local hospital fair once... craft tables, food,games, etc. Big event. I had to schlep my gear in a long ways cause parking was a bear and they hadn't made any arrangements for me. There was also another magician working... sponsored by McDonald's. He was getting paid. He was also on the main stage while as a volunteer act I was related to a secondary venue. Would never take that gig again.

On the other hand, I've worked the kids ward over Christmas when basically anyone who wasn't dying was sent home. Would never turn that gig down.

Little tip, never ask a bloated kid in a half open gown, "Hey, come on up, give him a hand. What's your name? How you doing?"

"Well, I'm going to die" is a tough answer to bounce back from. Just saying.
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Same gig. One of the kids was being a real ass. His uncle was visiting, and the boy was calling him every name in the book. The boy had a real chip on his shoulder... The sort of chip you might have if you were in constant pain and knew you were going to die at eleven, still a virgin.

But the boy and I connected, and by the end of the show he wound up helping me load out, carrying some of my gear (the lighter stuff) to the elevator. We loaded it all into the elevator, and I waved goodbye. The little *** reached thru the door and pressed every button, every *** button.
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Questions to ask about a charity gig:

1. How much do I care about this charity, and do I feel good about supporting it?

2. How are the people asking treating me? Are they respectful and asking for a substantial donation, or are they presumptuous and taking the attitude that all they are asking for is half an hour?

3. What other vendors will be there and what will they be donating and/or getting paid for?

4. What will my billing be and how will that be reflected in media, scheduling, introduction, etc.?

5. How likely is this to interfere with a potential paid gig? Depends on time and date.

6. What will my out of pocket costs be? Whether that's just gas money or paying 6 dancers and mutton for the lion, it adds up. My advice, don't accept pocket money for expenses... it only allows the bookers to take the attitude that they are paying you - better to be clear that you're making a donation.

7. Given the opinions I've heard from other performers that charity performances are poor at generating paid work, how likely do I think it is that the charity gig will lead to other paid work.
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