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Busker Burn-out.

Those of you who have spend time actually as a St Performer will know exactly what I'm talkin' about.

How do you lot work thru it?

I mean, getting and doing a street show is actually the EASY part. The fustration of fighting for a pitch, being treat 2nd class at times, busting your guts and not being appreciated by your better half, the loneliness of the road, and on & on.

There are great times....and not so great. And those not so great spells can be very hard.

Any tricks, philosophies, keep the optimism alive Smile
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🎶 It's better to burn-out,...then to fade away.
Hey hey, my... 🎶

Actually, I think,
when folks talk about their 'burn-out',
they are actually,
glorifying their,...'frustrations'.

Maybe,...maybe,...confusing the two.

For me, 'Burn-out' would be,
...loving what you're doing,..SÖ MUCH(!)...
you do it and do it and do it,..!
,..somewhere along the 'doing',...."pop"!...!
You find yourself playing for St. Pete and 10 Virgins. 😇

What a way to go!
,...but then again,..
who wants to go...?
(With my luck,
the 'virgins' will all be MEN!)

Guys playing 'for fun',
or 'extra bucks',
or 'practise',
,..or to 'ego-asterbate'..
kinda have it good.
In the sence,,,
"they don't have to be doing eat."

Those trying to pay for their coffee, donuts, tooth-paste, socks, warm bed, shoe laces, flash-light batterys, bus tickets, lottery tickets,..
Did I forget anything?
öH yeah.
Rent. Taxes. Kids. Partners. Pets.,....vices...
Supportting THESE,
thru Street Performing(!),.. 😑
you can feel the pinch. 😬
,...which leads to the frust. 😓
'Frustration',..."Busker's Frustration".

They 'have to play'..."successfully".
They need the bucks,...

* Minimalizing costs,
is the first step in becoming a successfull Street Performer.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . * . . . . . . . ? . . . . ö . . . . .

Traveling around;
two, three, maybe four days in a towne;
I cross paths with various characters,
trying their best,
at various forms of enchantments.

Returning; months, years, later,..
seeing the same soles, on the same dusty spot,
spasming the repetitive spiel,
puking the same spew....

When our eyes meet, our souls sink.
It's in-evitable.
Happens every time.

Change, is the scarey-ist,
most challenging thing,...
ANY of us face.

Change Pitches.
Change Townes.
Change Festivals.
Change times.
Change Effects.
Change Lines.

The funny thing about 'change',
for me:
To be comfortable with Change,
I must slow down(!).
'Change' has its OWN time-line!

Re-hearse some moves,..some new songs.
I must 'look' at a towne(!).
Where could 'I' play?
When would it be good, for 'Me'.
'Change' forces me,..
to do other things,
then just,...'play'.

Change, the scarey-ist,
most challenging thing,
I face.

Forget about it.
"Fear comes from trying something New.
Confidence comes from Success.
You have to try something New,
to be Successfull."

The BEST advice anyone every told me was:
"Do it afraid."
(Christine Niles)

'Frustration' is from knowing,...
you're not fullfilling your potential,..
and you KNOW who is to blame.

It's a hard subject to discuss.
ALL the great folks I cross paths with,..
struggle to understand it,...constantly.
Understanding and Working with 'it',..
Communication. Sharing.
,..hanging out with fresh, positive folks.
becomes your best friend,..
at the end of the day.

** 'Chang-ablity',
is the second step, in becoming a successfull Street Performer.

Thanks for asking Zauberman.
Keep yourself 'sauber'.
I wish everyone a fine,...peacefull,...full-filling day.
,...and a double handfull of cherrys! 🍒🍒🍒
,'s THAT time of year again! 🙂
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I don’t busk nor perform professionally but this is world class wisdom from a man who knows.
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+1. That was great to read. Many thanks.
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Nick, I initially read that as 'MEDICATE' lol

Thanx for the in-depth post Gallagher. Much food for thought there.
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