Pay to play

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by B15M, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. B15M

    B15M Forte User

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    I went to play today with a little strolling band at a carnival.
    When I got there, the people at the gate said I had to pay to get in. I told them I was working but, they said; "we were told, anyone coming in the gate pays $5.00". I did get in free after a little fuss. Next time I'm charging 5.00 more, just in case.
     
  2. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

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    Charge the entertainers admission?

    That's a first for me.

    Gotta love the power those "Mall Cop" type think they wield.
     
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    In their defense, they do get all sorts of stories in the course of a day. After a while, most of us would go on autopilot. The challenged just start that way..........

    As B15M proved, you just need to be friendly but definitive.
     
  4. Markie

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    They're carneys. Welcome to the circus.
    It's good you got in for free.
    Here's what I've done in similar situations:
    I say:
    "I was contacted by your organization to play for the show and if that's a problem, YOU can explain to your boss why the show didn't have a lead trumpet player or better yet, go get him and we'll both tell him that you won't let me in"
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    It's always good to have a scripted statement for as#@*^$ who try to snooker your dollars from your wallet.
     
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  5. B15M

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    You would think the ugly shirt and weird looking hat and the trumpet in my hand would have been a clue.

    They insisted and after a long talk they said, " do what you think is right" so, I went in.
     
  6. VetPsychWars

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    Isn't that a fault of the venue, not providing you a pass or ticket?

    Tom
     
  7. Dave Mickley

    Dave Mickley Forte User

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    I've done many playing jobs like that, in every case I (a) had a pass (b) had my name on a list to be let in or (c) a person was stationed at the gate to allow us in. sounds like a first timer set up the job. Better luck from now on
    p.s. a ugly shirt and weird hat only states that you are a trumpet player, not the hired help [LOL]
     
  8. Buck with a Bach

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    We generally get printed passes for our county fair......Buck:oops:
     
  9. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    An advantage to playing with cheap trumpets on those kinds of gigs is that they can be swung in a non big-band kind of way, need be.
     
  10. kadleck

    kadleck Artist in Residence Staff Member

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    I have a friend who was called to play trombone on an O'Jays gig a few years back. The gig was in Harlem and the audience was primarily African-American, as was most of the band. (The trombonist is white.) He encountered some resistance from a burly bouncer at the club. Finally my friend said, "Do you really think I'd get dressed up in a tuxedo and carry a trombone on my back if I wanted to sneak into an O'Jays concert?" The bouncer let him right in!

    Joe - you did the right thing!

    Tony
     

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