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I think the biggest determining factor in how you deal with cancellations is your status as a full time professional, part time weekend performer, or amateur. No one likes to have gigs cancelled. but if that performance was your only means of income, you are going to react differently than if it were extra income you were going to use for a boat or vacation. We all know that sh*t happens. Companies get sold. Weddings fall through, etc. Not much you can do about that. I think the reason that most Pros use deposits is to make sure that the client is serious about booking the service and is willing to make a commitment to the performer. Without a contract or deposit, what's to keep the client from finding a cheaper performer 2 weeks before the performance date. This is especially painful when you have turned away 3 other bookings for that date because you were already booked. I believe contracts and deposits help to cut down on this type of occurrence. Performances for friends or charities and that sort of thing may not need it, but contracts and deposits also help to make you look like a professional in the eyes of the client as well. but again, if performing is more of a part time passion and not a profession, then go with what makes you and the client feel comfortable.
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Always use a contract. Always.

When starting out, I never did. Then I got stiffed. Bigtime.
I did get partial payment simply because I parked my arse at the end of the show and would not leave the venue until I was paid. Two hours and several tense confrontations later, I left with cash in hand.

I have NEVER worked without one again.

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I think the best way to not worry about losing a show is to book lots of shows.
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Taking a deposit is better than having a cancellation fee. If you took a deposit and they cancel, you keep it. If you have a cancellation fee and they cancel, now you're a collections agent.
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