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chris mcbrien
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On 2009-11-26 19:51, Donald Dunphy wrote:
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On 2009-11-26 01:19, Jeff Haas wrote:

They probably would have taken anyone who would have agreed to do the show as long as it fit into their budget.


Right. Good point.

- Donald


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Be the guy that opens their eyes and blows them away...that's on the "artsy fartsy" side. On the business side, everyone's money is good, go and get it!
Just because they dented your artistic ego, does not mean your business sense should shut down.
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To answer your questions, I would have taken the job just to be sure to give the kids a great show.
In my years of doing this, I have always contacted the parents and explain what I expected of them, have an adult in the same room to keep the kids in line, and it never fails that I will be left alone with the kids.
Same parents just don't get it!
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The last time I was in this position, I was booked for a "children's birthday party". The company I worked for went through the standard qualifying format, including "this much space in the home, this much time for set-up", etc.

When I got there, the birthday child was asleep - being only 1 year old!! I was shown to a small corner in the side yard and given five or six kids ages 4-12! While the rest of the party was going on, they were supposed to give me their attention for my full show.

I hated that gig!! Yes, I got paid. No, it wasn't worth it. I know (or learning) how I work best, and if I can't work that way, I won't do it. Not just for the ego sake, but I resent being backed into a corner where I can't give the customer what they wanted. They're not happy with what they've paid for, and I'm not happy until I'm at least six blocks away from them!!

There's a reason to ask qualifying questions - "Do you fit me?" is just as important as "Do I fit you?" My personal opinion - I hope I never get to the place where I will take *anything* just to get the money. May as well be a Wal Mart greeter or grocery bagger, rather than a magician.

Ed
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ED Millis

Great post and great point.
"Love is the magician who pulls man out of his own hat" - Ben Hecht

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I guess for me it would depend if I needed the work
because theres no pride for me if the bills are not getting paid!!
my bookings went down so I started 8 year olds parties (normally 4 to 7)
now I can turn them down again.
so if you had no work coming in and had to feed your family Im sure you would be doing the booking
but you are lucky you can pick and choose.
one day I will only done parties for 5 year old girls and calm boys and only 20 guests and no stairs in the venue Smile
Best Job in the world

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On 2009-11-30 10:23, Ed_Millis wrote:

There's a reason to ask qualifying questions - "Do you fit me?" is just as important as "Do I fit you?" My personal opinion - I hope I never get to the place where I will take *anything* just to get the money. May as well be a Wal Mart greeter or grocery bagger, rather than a magician.



I find it fun and challenging to fit in with unusual requirements/set-ups/gigs. (and I've had plenty!) I don't consider it as "doing anything to get the money", more the mark of a professional who has the ability to adapt to any situation.

Mark
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On 2009-11-30 10:23, Ed_Millis wrote:

There's a reason to ask qualifying questions - "Do you fit me?" is just as important as "Do I fit you?" My personal opinion - I hope I never get to the place where I will take *anything* just to get the money. May as well be a Wal Mart greeter or grocery bagger, rather than a magician.

Ed


Ed,

Thank you! Someone gets what I was saying! I love your post.
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Ed_Millis
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Some people thrive on challenge - I need a more predictable structure. If a calm and predictable show isn't your cup o' tea, send it to me or Neale!

Ed
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Maybe the reason they didn't want you specifically is because they've never seen you work! I would have taken this gig and impressed them to the point that next time they needed an entertainer, it was me they asked for.
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Anytime I don't really want the gig I just bid high. If they take it, we're all happy.


p.s. MagicSanta gave me a line I use all the time when there are little kids around with no parental supervision that is quite pointed but also hilarious.
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Yeah I agree with Frank. Once I got a request to do a show WAY out of town. I bid very high and told her that the price included my travelling fee. She was like "Great!" Hey, money for me.
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I had a boss once that said "WWFM" and when I questioned what that was he said... "We Work For Money"

I believe it's personal perspective - I have only 6 gigs this December (so far)... I guess it depends on how hungry (or needy) you are - I find I'm a very high priced baby sitter in some cases but hey....WWFM!

Happy Holidays and may we all get what we need this year.
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