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How can I get a paying gig?

Asked at 04:30pm on October 28th, 2013 by standup44 (50 karma)
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I'm such a fan of this question, I wrote a book on it!

And one of the things I talk about The Approach is something that the sales world calls "impressions".

"Impressions" are when NEW people see your product and know what it is. So my question for most people starting out is: how many impressions did you get today?

Meaning: how many people TODAY learned that you perform magic for money? Impressions, impressions, impressions.

Stay awesome,

jamie d. grant

Answered at 09:15pm on November 4th, 2013 by Jamie_D_Grant (7 karma)
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Start by not getting a paying job. Make sure you are ready. Have your practiced, are you WORTH hiring, etc.? Be tough on yourself. Never undercut a professional and never steal someone else’s job. For many performing professionally, this is the way they take care of their family, pay their bills, and more. You may want to start off by doing free shows at hospitals and other places where you can volunteer your services. This allows you to see if you are, in fact, ready. It may get you noticed. The way you get money and get paid gigs is not being desperate to get them.

Answered at 01:49am on October 31st, 2013 by timtrono (71 karma)
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I agree with lesteban, Oz gives great advice on the subject:

Oz is one of the most successful working pros I've ever met, and I personally try to study his mindset and spend as much time with him as I can. He's a success machine.

Oz's Penguin Live lecture on the subject is also a fantastic resource (this is my favorite of all the Penguin Live lectures I've seen):

We also shot a free course on the subject with Brian Campbell that has received over 600,000 views to date:

<a href="">The Big B and the Small S: The Penguin Course in Show Business with Brian Campbell</a>

Answered at 12:31pm on October 29th, 2013 by maxwell (10 karma)
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Also, some great advice on Penguin's facebook page RE: your first paying gig:

Answered at 02:17pm on October 30th, 2013 by AnswerGuy (45 karma)
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The most important thing is that you are ready to start taking someone's money for your performances. I think everyone would like to get paid to do magic, but there is nothing worse that seeing some guy getting paid to "practice" because that makes it harder for better magicians to get work.

Answered at 10:08pm on October 29th, 2013 by A_Adelie (6 karma)
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I'll second Oz Pearlman's Second Penguin Lecture. (His first focused on effects, while the second focused on getting corporate work.)

It's not necessarily for beginners, though. I wouldn't say it tells you "How To Get a Paying Gig," but rather "How To Get A HIGHER PAYING Gig."

As I noted in my review of this lecture, he smashes the adage that "Professionals don't ever work for free" and specifically cited charity work as a great way of targetting high rollers who can afford your premium services.

Answered at 11:59am on November 13th, 2013 by cpnich (106 karma)
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Oz Pearlman explains it best

Answered at 09:27am on October 29th, 2013 by lesteban (-3 karma)
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