Let's be honest here. If you want to be a successful street performer,
you MUST have a good show. You could have the best crowd gathering
skills or over 100 witty remarks but if your show sucks, people are not
going to stay and watch you.
You might get a few gawkers but they will most probably walk off
without placing a cent in your hat.
There are several elements that make a good show. Colour, comedy,
timing, surprise, etc...are just a few elements. Most performers say that
it's not what you do...but how you do it. Extremely true. You need
Just remember, "People are dropping money in your hat to see you do
stuff that they can't do themselves!"....so make your show seem as
skillful, difficult and out of this world as you can. It's your best bet at
raking in the best donations.
Perform with flair. Do not feel shy or afraid to be flamboyant and
lively. Street performing is all about pushing your comfort boundaries. You
want to be an eccentric, talented and loveable performer. Even if your
knees are shaking in fear, you still behave as if you are a star and
all the people watching you are your adoring fans.
Welcome back my friends
To the show that never ends
We're so glad you could attend
Come inside come inside!
Be funny. Be wild and be BRAVE. Fortune favors the bold. If you want to
be a performer, you can't afford to worry about what others think about
you. Just do what you love to do and be happy about it.
You need to have a show that is well rehearsed and planned. You need to
practice and practice till your skills are reasonably good.
You need to know exactly where your props are, what comes next, where
you will be, what you are going to say...you need to have your show at
your fingertips. No fumbling, bumbling or babbling bullshit on the
street. Don't think you can just wing it or make up stuff on the fly. After
many shows you will be able to...but when you are just starting
off...be well prepared.
I've covered all this in detail in my book 'Street Performer'. From how
to structure a show, practice techniques, show elements, etc.