I thought about just emailing Paddy with this question, but then thought I would post it here so that everyone could benefit from the answer.
My daughter was asked to do a show this weekend at the last moment. She can't do the show because of other prior committments, so that is an easy response of being unavailable.
However, if she had been available, she would have refused the job because it is outdoors at a park where wind will be a factor and the majority of her work is silks. When she books private parties she always indicates that she works indoors and this response has been readily accepted because the parties are in homes. The only exception she ever makes is when it is a public performance outdoors. Besides just the wind factor, she doesn't like the wear and tear on her props with the sun, etc. However, this gig would not have had the option of being indoors --
So here is the question, how do you properly turn down an outside gig without alienating a prospective client for future bookings?
Thanks for any input from your past experiences!
I have read none of the responses to this topic, so forgive me if I repeat something someone else has said.
Well, as a family and home entertainer, she needs to have a show that will work both in and outdoors...or at least two shows...one that will work inside and one that will work outside. This way she can accept gigs for most any event. It would be bad to have to turn down a high paying festival gig because it was going to be held outside
Try working on the second show and keep it available and ready for the moment when she is asked to work in an outside venue. It never hurts to have a back up plan.
I know that we all would like to ALWAYS work indoors...but fact of the matter is that some people don't have large homes with room for everyone, some people like picnic parties, and some people just don't want a bunch of kids running around in their house.
You can still say that you prefer to work indoors but if the show must be done outside that you can still handle it.