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Tom Frank
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Another day at the Promenade ended with me leaving before I got totally frustrated. I've been at this a long time and dealt with a lot of different situations, but the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica is as tough a place to work as I have ever experienced. The biggest problem I encountered was my mic cutting in and out today and finally crapping out. My first show was barely underway before the break dancing troupe cranked it up 40 feet away from me. On the other side a musician. I did the best I could for meager rewards.

I put a lot of pressure on myself to produce, but I've been coming up short on many levels. I want so desperately to share what I have inside of me and entertain and make people happy. It's difficult to tell If I'm getting through to these people when I see so many blank stares and apathetic audiences. And what really gets me, is when a father of two kids gives them each a dime to throw in my hat. I'm pretty sure that the bums in this town are making better money than me at this point. With so much competition, the noise factor, the heat and the world we live in; I feel like I need to go back and re-evaluate my entire approach.

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Well Tom,

I have watched you at work (on your clip via a link here at the Café), and I must say you are very entertaining. If only I could I would tip your hat (but that won't work with me here in the UK). Oh well if I ever make it across the pond maybe I will have the pleasure of meeting you. Keep up the good work!!

Chris
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On 2006-08-07 04:00, Tom Frank wrote:

It's difficult to tell If I'm getting through to these people when I see so many blank stares and apathetic audiences.



It's LA man, that's what people look like down there. I know it's difficult coming from low key Seattle where you were pretty much Cock O' the Walk to Low Man on the Totem Pole in Frenetic Los Angeles. I really can't see how one could hold ones own against Break Dancers and amplified musicians so perhaps one should try and find a venue better suited to ones needs. LA is a big place and as they say Location, Location, Location.

Needless to say get your sound system working, turn it up a notch and get back out there.
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Tom,
Welcome to my "home pitch." That's what I meant when I said to you that I would be curious what you thought about the punters there. Hope to catch up with you soon.

One thing you will see a few guys doing and I used to do it is collect before your final trick. It boosted my hat a lot. I would collect before my cups routine. If they didn't give enough, I would put the cups away. I would then give the people who did give, a great set of close up magic while I chased the cheapskates away in hopes of an interested audience. I would also then collect again at the end by the way. You'd usually get a little more at the end too.

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Tom,
Eric Evan's book has a chapter all about how he dealt with the promenade working even without an amp or a table. It was an interesting stradegy.

Jim
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Chris Caphart, when he worked the Castle told me he made more money that he did working on the street than he did at the Castle. He worked on Hollywood Blvd. just west of Highland on the uphill side. Tons of tourists, huge crowds.
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3rd street is a pretty hard place to perform. The upside is that people expect performers, the downside as you experienced is....the performers.

I agree with Pete about Hollywood Blvd near Hollywood and Highland. If you still want to perform on 3rd street I would wait until the weekends
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Tom Frank
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Good News gang! I rocked the Promenade from 6PM till 10:30 tonight!

About time.

TF
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Glad to hear that!!!
...and that lady on your blog stole my act.
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Tom Frank the man with 2 first names is one of my magic heros. If I ever get the chance I'm going to the Promenade just to watch him work!!!!

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Right, Tom, those are the best hours there.
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Way to go Tom. I know how you feel. I felt the same way after my first busking experience this past weekend. I had fun doing it, but I felt let down that even though I tried so hard and did what I learned and did my research and homework... that it still could not change the fact that people just did not want to tip. However, I am going back there to work the festrival for 2 days this weekend and I am determined to try new things and to learn and hopefully do better each time out.

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Tom-

Great to see your second set worked well!!

As mentioned above-Location location is the key in any city anywhere in the world!!

Go where the crowds are! Remember you are really good at what you do so keep this in mind-as we all know you can do the same act for 10 audiences & get 10 different reactions!

Sounds like your on top of things now!!

Best of luck my friend!!

-Brent
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