Thanks Paddy for the reaction. Obviously Sneak can quite handle him/her self.
Sneak you wrote, "At the same time, a free show can give you great promotion via posters for the event, tv/newspaper coverage, etc...."
I had an uncle who was a cowboy up in Albert and he'd say, "gotcha". And I do.
By the way, what an interesting pen name..sneak...are you a sneak?
If you have business cards up there does it mean your info has to be French on the top and twice the size of the English below?
I'm not too sure where you're going with this but it sounds a little combatitive.
If you're having trouble with the idea that I believe in free shows for only a 'very few limited reasons,' but that I also understand the cons of performing free shows, then we'll have to just agree to disagree like everybody did in the other thread on the subject.
Just an important side note, I have NEVER done a free show that took work away from a full time or part time working pro. Any show I did had no money for any performers and it was all a 'volunteer' show. Taking work away from a full/part time working pro (especially the ones making a living off of it) for your free show is wrong.
Should also add this in: SLUGGO'S post above is a great read on the subject.