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I was on the verge of not renewing when I got a call for two big shows. The clients called me, they did not send those silly inquiries with add ons. One was for December last year and another one for spring this yr. I booked both and decided to expand to 3000 mile radius. I also expanded video and photo page. If it does not pay off I will cancel. I do understand how most feel about them. It was mentioned it is like clients are shopping for commodities. I dig it.

Also, I have no reviews and no stars. Who cares? Look at the fees they are booking these for. I can get more then that working security doing nothing but staying awake. Im not talking about bday parties either. Corporate gigs for pocket change, should be a law.

PS: Plus I am in the eternal order here at the Magic Café. The coffee taste a lot better now as I surf around during unheard of hours. Smile Smile
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Does any G.M. members not use the add-on feature? I am afraid not to use it for loss of potential clients.
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I've had success with Gig Masters. Mostly kid's parties, but I just charge $20 more so when I pay Gig Masters I'm still getting my full rate. That's my only complaint about the service. They charge a yearly fee and then, when the service works and you get work, you have to pay again. Perhaps entertainers should try a similar tactic. Charge our clients a fee even when we don't perform, and then when we actually do perform, charge them again. I used to be more perturbed by it, but I'm making decent money from them so I don't mind so much.

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That's not necessarily true. You as the artist have the choice of paying the fee yourself or having the client pay for it at no charge to you. Seems you're kind of taking it out of context.
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I choose to always pay the fee because if I were the client and I had worked out all the details with the performer then I get hit with a surprise fee from gigmasters it would tick me off, so I always pay it.
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I am happy with GM. No prob at all
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Still getting gigs from them.....and have a 5 star rating.
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Technically, the annual fee and the booking fee are not just GM "charging you twice". The annual fee is for GM to advertise you and to provide you better visibility, whereas the booking fee is paying for them putting you in touch with that client, as well as handling all of the transactional details, etc.

That being said, I'm not sure I'm a huge fan of them, but I've used them before to some minor success. Still, I don't think it helps clients to understand our trade and how different we all are when we're all grouped together and sorted more by price than what we offer.
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I'm not on Gigmasters, but I have a magician friend who is. He runs into conflicts and I'll fill the spot from time to time. He tends to low bid on shows, getting the work, but then if something better comes along, I get it. Taking into consideration the fees I'd be paying, I come out okay.
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I have had more luck on craigslist and gig salad than I have with GM...
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On Nov 15, 2016, obrienmagic wrote:
I have had more luck on craigslist and gig salad than I have with GM...


Interesting, I still have a love hate relationship with G.M. Sometimes I am practically booked and the client backs out.....happened several times this year. Also they raised their fees and wont let you cancel membership unless you call them which I really loathe.
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Been a while but did anyone notice Gigmasters is changing their name to "The Bash?" I have been having success with them lately but I am advertised under speakers. Now they come up with this silly name change which makes absolutely no sense. They said they are changing their brand. Wonder if someone actually gets paid to make these decisions.

PS: I know people hate booking websites but I use a combination of marketing avenues. If nothing else, GM had great SEO.
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