How To Make Money in the Variety Arts
A Book by Brad Weston
I have been writing this book for hours every day for over two months now. When I started this project, I thought that it would take a few weeks at most. But as I got more and more involved, I discovered that I have more than 200 pages to share on the topic.
The research that has gone into the writing of this book has been thorough. I have done a number of interviews of agents who book variety artists and I also interviewed a tax professional who helps people making a living in the variety arts do their taxes.
To make a long story short, keeping up the weekly blog article has been a real challenge on top of writing this book, as well as earning a living on the side. I will devote this week’s column to giving you a sneak peek of what you will find inside the book.
Who Can Benefit From This Book?
To put it bluntly, YOU can. If you work as a variety performer, you will find valuable information about how to make more money. Some of the performing disciplines that this book will specifically speak about are:
- Stilt Walker
- Balloon Twister
- Face Painter
- Caricature Artist
- Story Teller
This book is about the underlying principles that control what a performer can earn. Even if what you do is radically different than what other’s are doing to serve the party and entertainment industry, you will get a lot out of the discussion of the various venues in section two.
- If you like to perform and want to start doing it for a living, this book is for you.
- If you are already a professional entertainer and want to increase your income, this book is for you.
- If you want to grow as a working artist, then this book is for you.
Table of Contents
The Variety Arts Defined
How to Get the Money
Direct Mail Marketing
Working With Agents
How to negotiate your fee
When to say No
Where is the Money? A detailed, in-depth look at venues seeking quality variety artists
After School Clubs
Bars/ Night Clubs
Corporate After Dinner Show
Children’s Birthday Parties
Conventions and Conferences
Stores and Shopping Malls
Interviews with variety agents.
Notes for Jugglers
Notes for Magicians
Notes for Clowns
The Worst Gig I Ever Did
The Final Word