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Do any of you have any bad experience with the general public viewing you in a bad light?, you are working for money on the streets after all
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My thoughts are .. this .. you cannot please everyone all the time .. I have never really had bad experiences with " people viewing my schtick " per say ... however I have run into those who thought it was "sinful" or thought I was really down on my luck as I had to perform on the streets for a living , or one lady actually thought I was swearing at her kids ( that one always puzzeled me ), busking is fairly highly regarded in our town . If you have an adiquate show , being a little artsy type of town many look at busking as one spectator stated , what a noble , and historic cause and lesson in culture ,
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Yesbut not so much from the punters as from my friends(?)! I had one guy say "isn't that like the homeless going out and panhandeling?" Another told me "you can call me when they arrest you for panhandleing and I'll loan you the bail money." Both were very serious.

It is nice to know I have friends that will bail me out if I need it.

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Dear Peter,

Wow, with friends like that...

Maybe when you are good enough to really perform you'll be able to do kid's birthday parties at $25 for a one-hour show. There's always hope. Keep at it.

Yours,

Paul
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I haven't run into anyone on the streets that would have the gall to say anythin bad... yet. When people ask me what I do, they probably think I am a beggar, but they never say it per se (the look is enough to convey the message). But at the end of the day, I don't really mind what they think.
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Was working the square in Bath a few years back and had a curse! put upon me by a so called religon nutcase for working on a Sunday. He made such a fuss that I called it a day and went home.
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It's is very interesting what people feel about a street performer. Over the years, I've had a lot of comments and 99% have all been positive. Everyone loves what I do and when I tell them that I have an "88" degree zone charted out on the map and when the weather goes above or below that then I head to the next spot. Most appreciate that and wish that they could do the same.

The 1% just don't get it and that's ok with me. I can't educate them all and some people are so deeply stuck in their reality that they can't imagine not punching a clock.

Busking is a great profession and I'm proud of being out there and working at the drop of a hat.
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On 2005-04-23 06:51, drwilson wrote:
Dear Peter,

Wow, with friends like that...

Maybe when you are good enough to really perform you'll be able to do kid's birthday parties at $25 for a one-hour show. There's always hope. Keep at it.

Yours,

Paul


Gee Thanks Paul. You should have seen the look on their faces when I bought my wife a 2005 Kia Optima last month. These same guys just don't get it that I play for a living while they have to go to work.

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Great as she well is, my mum has had the best line for me.
"That is like begging realy, it is great when you do bookings but you should never beg" bless her.
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How we view street performing and how the rest of our cultures view it is quite interesting. Back in my "yoot," when I had visions of becoming a great Caucasian blues guitar player (before Jeff Beck) I had a chance to actually study with Lightnin' Hopkins, the legendary blues guitar player. He never charged me for lessons, but I knew that he ran on booze, so we compromised.

I mentioned to an African American lady I knew that I was learning blues guitar from Lightnin', and she said, "We don't think much of Lightnin' because he play on the street."

It's a reality check, friends!

I know Van Cliburn probably couldn't earn a living playing in a piano bar. And working Jackson Square would be out of the question for him. But he certainly doesn't need to, does he!

However, there is a certain reality of what we learn while busking. And a good busker has a much better chance of making it on stage than a good actor has of making it on the street.
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If you can perform on the streets, you can perform ANYWHERE with a population.

Tell them that. Tell them all about what goes into making it on the street, and after that, if they are not convinced that you are about as proffesional as it gets and that you are about as far from begging as you are from Pluto, then they are out of their minds. Sorry if this includes your Family members.
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My father was a concert musician, so his view of street performers was fairly well biased against them. He equated busking with the poor, disabled accordion player who used to hang around in front of Foley's and play Santa Lucia for the passers-by. He had never been exposed to the kind of street concerts you see in Europe and in some American cities.

I grew up with that bias.

Then I went to work for the Texas Renaissance Festival, and I learned the importance of "selling" it to the crowd. You learn fast when you know the rent is coming due.

Busking produces a very strange kind of survival of the fittest. If you aren't any good, you starve.
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