Revisiting Free Shows

Back on August 3rd, 2015, Mark Wade punlished a blog post titled: Do Free Shows Really Help You? He felt it was important to revisit some topics and that this was an important one.

What Mark wrote still stands the test of time, and I encourage you to go back and check it out. It will refresh your memory and offers solid advice. Go ahead, read that article and then pop back here. I’ll wait …

Click here to open Mark’s blog post in a new tab.

I’m waiting …

Still waiting …

Wow you are a slow reader …

Back? Great. As I said, Mark’s advice was solid. I’d like to add a bit to his thinking though.

First. accepting free shows depends on where you are in your career. If you are just starting out, free shows could be a good thing. You are not under the pressure of a paycheck. If it doesn’t go as planned, hey, it was a freebie and you are new to this. Plus, it gives you time in front of an audience. That stage time is so important to the new ventriloquist.

One caveat – often times people do not treat you very well as a “volunteer.” Your needs will not be important to them because you may be background noise. Make sure you carry what you need. If things aren’t going to work out, be prepared to walk. It is one thing to do a free show. It is another thing to be taken advantage of.

Weigh your decisions based on the advice in these two articles and you’ll know if the show is right for you.

About The Author

Tom Crowl

MaherStudios.com, creator of Learn-Ventriloquism.com, Professional ventriloquist.

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