Yea paddy is arrogant. Every post he replies to, it can be a simple question (I.E. does twisting fast come with experience) he brags about what he can do, for about 2 paragraphs and talks down to whoever posts them. Very distasteful.
No, he is not being arrogant. Over the years we have seen people/kids get on here that has never been to a convention where the real pro's in the field have gone over the do's and don't's of the biz. These people are typically making six figures by doing kid shows.
You read on the subject and attend such conventions and this very topic is gone over in detail.
I'm going to side with someone that has made a lucrative living over the opinion of someone who does it for 'fun.'
Not everyone will charge $25.00 over the highest in their area but, if you are doing it full time and you can get away with it... you do it.
It is a profession an art why be the cheapie in the market. If you don't have the confidence then that is fine, but under bidding if you are that 'good' isn't the brightest thing that I've ever heard.
I do balloons as an extra in my shows. I pride myself on a very good comedy magic show with ventriloquism involved in it. You aren't just charging for your show you are charging for all the money and time you've spent getting where you are. The use of your vehicle, advertising, business phone, insurance etc. I am not going to do all this just to barely keep my head above water.
You are in a specialty field..get paid like one.