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pbg739
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I'm Kyle will jump in here.

Ok, I used to sort of take the gigs as I stumbled upon them, and not actively search them. My market is fairs and festivals, and occasional strolling. I also perform a few church functions for the hope of lead generation and letters of recommendation).

To date, I am still doing free shows. At what point do I start charging?
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Hi there. I can only answer your question in regards to a festival and fair standpoint and hope that will be ok for you. It would be my pleasure to assist you with this and answer any questions that you have.

The first real question for you in working fairs and festivals is to ask yourself this:

Do YOU feel comfortable and confident with what you are presenting?
Do you feel you can give your festival or fair client a good show and meet and solve their problems with perfect solutions?
Do you have at least 30 minutes of good quality family stage material?
Do you have enough strolling material that plays well for a family crowd?

You have to be really honest with yourself here. Only you will know if you are ready or not. If you have done a lot of free performances and you are getting great reactions and developing at least a 30 minutes of really good material, then you may be ready. But if you are true to yourself and are not sure, then perhaps more work and more performances are really what you need to develop the material and develop yourself to get you to a point of confidence.

So let me know where you think you are at. Tell me a bit more in regards to what you have set up and some background information. I can then go from there to offer the best advice that I can.

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Kyle,

thank you for the quick response. Yes I feel confident with my material, I have a solid 30 mins of stage and strolling that is family friendly. As far as the perfect solutions....not sure what you mean.
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