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As a rule I always politely decline when offered food at a party if I am paid to perform. I was hired for a 65 th birthday party next week and the wife that hired me to perform is insisting on setting a place for me at the table. There is a dinner before my show. I said thank you for the offer but not necessary at all etc...and she really wants me to dine with them. I wonder how far to push back? Thoughts?
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I always decline the first and second times I'm asked. If they ask a third time I usually eat SOMETHING just to make them feel better. I had this happen at a school performance I did recently. The teacher INSISTED I have a cupcake and reminde me as I was walking out "Don't forget your cupcake!" So I came back in, thanked her, and left.


I do think its rude to eat, but then again, some people just really insist on it and it would make them happier for you to just go for it.
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I do get those offers too. I always politely decline for a couple of reasons: 1. I usually have some light food and water before departing for a gig....so I am never hungry.
2. I like to keep a professional distance from the actual event/party. It has never been a problem if I sincerely and politely turn down the offer.
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I never eat no matter what I show up early if I have equipment to setup and check and then I disapear until 15 minutes before show time. I only work large events too so not being part of the event ussually isn't a problem for me.

The main reason I never eat is because you never know when somthing will hit wrong and you could get sick.


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I have celiac disease - along with some other sensitivities - so I always politely decline and explain why. In fact, I'm asked so much that I include the topic in my FAQs attached to my contract when it's sent out. I will sit with the organizers if that is important to them.
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On 2013-06-06 00:09, Jesse Lewis wrote:
I never eat no matter what I show up early if I have equipment to setup and check and then I disapear until 15 minutes before show time. I only work large events too so not being part of the event ussually isn't a problem for me.

The main reason I never eat is because you never know when somthing will hit wrong and you could get sick.


Jesse


Lol

Same for me, I stay all the time in my flat,never go out, you never know what could happens outside!
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Decline politely
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My rule is simple. I never eat or drink before a performance, because a good meal will throw my timing off. But if they are nice people I will often have a bite with them after the performance.
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On 2013-06-05 22:40, david12345 wrote:
As a rule I always politely decline when offered food at a party if I am paid to perform. I was hired for a 65 th birthday party next week and the wife that hired me to perform is insisting on setting a place for me at the table. There is a dinner before my show. I said thank you for the offer but not necessary at all etc...and she really wants me to dine with them. I wonder how far to push back? Thoughts?


This is what I always hated. Am I a guest or a turn?
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This is invitation to dine may have another agenda. When a performer dines with the guests it can be seen as elevating the status of the other guests at that table and may have nothing to do with you being fed!

If I have travelled a long way and food is offered, I will accept so long as I can eat away from the main guests i.e. changing room etc. Even then I would suggest a sandwich or similar as I don't want a full meal prior to performing. If no travel issues, I find that saying I've just eaten is the simplest polite solution, they can hardly expect you to eat two dinners!!!
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I do feel I should mention this: Every time I've eaten it's been once all the guests have left and there is still a ton of food left and they quite literally BEG for me to at least take some. Might as well go for it.

I would never eat with my audience or in front of my audience though. (Unless it's part of my act XP)
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Think about what you can learn at a dinner table. Use it as an opportunity.

If she insists don't offend her. Just say yes. It doesn't happen all the time and you will make her happy. Eat light if you must.
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Are mentalists too mysterious to eat!!?

Chow-down!
Grub up!
and Enjoy.
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Here in Spain it is the norm to be expected to eat at the venue, especially if its a communion. I no longer accept communions as they never run on time, its always 2.00 star and then they don't even arrive from the church until 3.00, then they will happily sit down for the meal, which could take upto 2 hours, then you are supposed to perform, when you point out that you were booked for 2.00 they will just say oh these things never run on time. I never do them now as a bookiing that should have taken 2 hours takes up to six or seven instead.
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So George, how do you feel about communions?
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It's an interesting dilemma and these comments are very thought provoking. I think a hard and fast rule will likely not serve us well as performers--there are always exceptions.
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George, communions in Ireland have to run on time, because I do four to six of them in a day. So I cannot afford to allow delays. Occasionally they will tell me that they are going to eat first, but when I tell them I will still be leaving at four thirty and they will be paying the full fee, they normally adjust their plans to suit my schedule!
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No. I would be burping all through the show.
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We are all wired differently. I do more speaking and lecturing than performing, but I cannot function at my best in any of those three roles on an empty stomach. Sure, feed me; but probably no dessert.


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I never accept the invitation. I don't want to be placed in the role of a guest at the event. I'm not a guest. I want people to understand that I'm there to work, to do my job, not to load up on champagne and canapés. Being vegan provides me with a ready excuse if the client presses the issue.
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