02-05-2013 12:13 AM
Bob Dey wrote:
But venues continue to mystify me when you have a great night and never get re-booked.
I've experienced this a few times throughout the years, but last year it happened more. Some of these gigs were thru an agent which must have something to do with it.
Yeh, many Agents have their favourites or pet acts and give them all the work.
Has to be that, because when you do go back and they are all over you saying how pleased they are to see you back, it makes you wonder what's going on. If they wanted you back and you wanted to go back, why didn't your Agent send you back?
Somebody is lying. And if it's not you, then that leaves your Agent and the Venue.
But..........an Agent makes a living from commission, so you'd think it would be in their best interest to get as many gigs there as they can for their Pet act AND you.
I played a three day a week gig in a new room a few years back. I was about the fourth act in, and the management said they wanted me back the very next week... They stated there was only one other musician they wanted and they would just rotate us. The agent refused and put all kinds of acts in the room to, in his words, "see what works in the room".
I got back into the room about two months later, but the agent had already killed the gig by not listening to the management. They had already decided to cancel the gig after my performance and were just honouring my contract. It was a very specialized gig, and the agent refused to give them what they wanted.
Gigs like that often die anyway, but IME the other fellow and I could have kept it going much longer than three months.
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