I knew you would dissagree paddy...we have spoke with people about this before.
The reason I agree with the cheaper and then raise the price method, is because that is how it was taught to me by a local when I was younger and starting out. After about 4 shows, my show became smoother and better, then he told me to raise my price a litte. So I doubled my fee. After several more shows, he reviewed my show and said it was good enough to charge equal competition price then...so that is when I started charging a top dollar amount for my area...
It can be worked both ways. I think that Braddy, should video his routine and watch it...and then determine how much his show is worth and how much he would be willing to pay for his show if he were going to hire an entertainer.
Last year in school, my yeacher got a bunch of gigs *for free) for classes, so in october I am doing a free show for her kids birthday, and will record it. I am thinking about charging $80.00, they after lets say five shows, it will be $90.00, and then after five more, $100.00 (like everyone elce). Comments?