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Topic: A former bankers guide to banking on exposure
Message: Posted by: WDavis (May 20, 2017 09:42PM)
I know I said I didn't have the time to dissect the flaws in this thread:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=642050&forum=44

But it's struck a nerve with me, so here is my retort followed by a proper method to gain exposure and business for working corporate. Why give for free to someone who would and has the means to pay for the hope I might get business in the future? It's basically, cash is a fact everything else is an opinion. The poster in the other thread would rather take a gamble on future business instead of getting business today. I can't abide that as a credible recommendation to anyone who wants to make a living as an entertainer.

My recommendation only volunteer work ever to be done is for a registered 501c3's

[b]Key assumptions [/b]
1. We are a business and want to make a profit.
2. Corporations are in business and want to make a profit
3. Non-profits can be corporations but their board or key donors are senior executives of bullet point 2

Send the 501c3 an invoice listing your fee, but include a credit so the net cost is 0.

Now do your volunteering, get testimonials, and more importantly get contacts of real company buyers. You've now worked yourself to a shortlist real buyers know and will be willing to recommend you to work their company parties. Best part is they know the value you brought and your normal fee, so they won't bat an eye when you approach the fee to them on your corporate work. And don't worry about them asking for a discount because they know one is for profit the other was non-profit.
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (May 20, 2017 10:34PM)
Any time someone asks me about working for exposure I tell them to Google the Donner party. Or just ask an Eskimo what can happen from exposure.

It is nice to think the gamble will pay off. It may. But it is just that a gamble.
Message: Posted by: WDavis (May 20, 2017 11:06PM)
Which is why I recommend only do charity work for charities.
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (May 20, 2017 11:26PM)
A good policy. At least you both agree upon why you are working.
Message: Posted by: obrienmagic (May 21, 2017 02:55PM)
I agree with what you are saying. I guess I should have clarified my point. lol