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Topic: Getting a Gig
Message: Posted by: Cycopolos (Aug 31, 2007 07:21PM)
Write I want to start talking to a few different establishments about doing a few tricks and having a regular set there.

in another post I read someone mention you have to sell yourself and tell them what you can bring for them by doing this now I know I should be saying things like enhancing business and things like that
so I guess basically what I am asking for is what that conversation should really entail what things I should mention and what I shouldnt mention also things like how much should I be asking for in terms of per hour or per night.

any and all advice is wlecome thank you in advancing for taking the time to read and hopefully post a reply.
Message: Posted by: Gordyboy (Aug 31, 2007 08:22PM)
From what I've heard the cost is very dependant on your area. Where are you looking at getting the work?
Message: Posted by: Andy the cardician (Aug 31, 2007 08:24PM)
First of all, only sell your gig, if you got a gig to sell. There is a big difference in performing for free vs. for pay, as the person that hires and pays you will have certain expectations.

What you are asking is how to pitch your act. Step one would be to have an act and to be able to describe/demonstrate it in a few minutes. Use the search engine for a lot of helpful tips and hints. Clearly, you have to point out why they do need you. Remember that each statement you make, should be believable. A statement ala WITH MY MAGIC, YOU WILL MAKE THREE TIMES MORE TURNOVER is clearly not a winner.

Secondly, be clear onwhat you would like to get out of it.

Last not least, a positive and professional attitude is the key. So have fun.

Message: Posted by: Hideo Kato (Aug 31, 2007 08:32PM)
Why is this in the beginner's section? A big question.

Hideo Kato
Message: Posted by: Andy the cardician (Aug 31, 2007 09:38PM)
Good point - but perhaps it is not a beginner in magic, but a beginner in the professional life . ..
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Aug 31, 2007 10:04PM)
Check out forums like Tricky Business, and Table Hoppers and Party Strollers there has been a lot of discussion in those forums on this topic. Getting the gig is similar regardless of they type of magic performance you choose to do. It is all sales and marketing of yourself and your act. There are several speciality books out, which you will find recommended in those forums, about marketing and selling your act. In addition, the man who did the first big push in marketing and magic, Mark Wilson, who was a marketing major in his bachelor's degree from SMU, not only gives a good lecture on marketing yourself in magic. He used to sell a copy of the portfolio he used to market and sell his act to corporations, TV, theme parks, and trade shows. You can check with him and see if he still has copies available for sale at http://www.markwilsonmagic.com
he may not have them for sale on the site, but his email addy is there and you can contact him about them (hint actually send your quiry to Nani's email, you will get a faster answer).
Message: Posted by: Cycopolos (Sep 1, 2007 08:24AM)
Thanks I will go to them sections of the site for more info