"A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken a new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided." - Tony Robbins
As I said last month, December can be an opportune time to expand your performance/business experience. This requires not only ferreting out your own performance venues but also experimenting with building 2-3 different programs to suit differing venues, to creating a contract once the details have been settled on like price, time and place of the performance. It’s a wonderful opportunity to hone your business confidence as you continue to gain performance experience. Creating a contract is not complex or difficult. What I would suggest is to either list or mind map all the items that need to be covered in this contract. Ask friends and those in your family, especially if they are involved in the business world to help you with this.
Here are some of the items you might want to consider:
- 1. Price – When figuring this out you first need to know what your expenses are in preparing for this event plus the extra you will make for performing. You need to think about the cost of coachings, time spent putting your program together, physical programs if required, the cost of a new outfit, if applicable, your accompanist fees, if you are using instrumentalists or other singers, what there fee will be, etc. Also include any travel fee like taxi or car expenses.
- 2. Once you have this figure, you need to divide it into the number of performances you have lined up for the season. Remember, you have to make money yourself after expenses. This is a business, not personal or emotional. It’s a job, your job right now. So get busy and find how much you have spent on preparation, and how much you need to walk away with after those expenses are paid. Are you going to do it for nothing because you are excited about getting to perform or are you going to do business and make some money this season? It’s up to you. Most people appreciate the fact that you are acting in a businesslike manner and are happy to know you have a plan and know how to carry out that plan. They don’t then have to worry if you will be on time, come prepared, if you will be worth the money, etc.
"Worry is a dark room where fears are developed and enlarged." - Teresa Eagel