Establishing & Maintaining Relationships in the Dance Industry

Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.

— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
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Photo via Brian Moore Live

By Jadée Nikita

The professional dance industry is a very small world.  Your talent and personality will get you in the door, but after that, it’s your professionalism that will keep you in the room.  There are lines that should not be crossed when working with other professionals, and there are things you can do to make sure you keep a positive reputation.  Since word travels fast in small towns (i.e the dance world), there are a few things you should know to keep your name spot-clean.  Get the inside scoop on how to establish and maintain working relationships in the dance industry below:

DO:

  • Take class regularly.  If you’re new to or already established in a big city, the best way to “be seen” in the dance world is to take class.  Not only are you meeting tons of people, but you get a chance to learn from and work with the best choreographers.  On top of that you’re honing your craft and growing as a dancer every day you walk into the studio.  Sounds like a winning combo to me!
  • Be patient grasshopper.  Your time will come.  The more you take classes, workshops, and work on projects, the more you’re setting yourself up for that big opportunity.  It may seem like things aren’t happening in the time you want it to, but be patient.  It’s not suppose to.  If you are consistently working, someone will notice.  It only takes one person, one gig to get the ball going.  So keep fighting.
  • Be professional.  Yes you have the moves, but can you manage your career in a professional manner, too?  This includes, showing up to rehearsals on time, picking up choreography fast, performing perfectly on stage in front of millions, and so on.  Your job as a dancer goes beyond the classroom.  Especially for those who don’t have an agent, the bigger concern is can you handle all that comes with being a working dancer?  Touring, auditioning, talking to directors – all these things can make or break your career.  So make sure you are prepared for everything.

Sometimes we have the dream but we are not ourselves ready for the dream. We have to grow to meet it.”

— Louis L’Amour

DON’T:

  • Walk up to a choreographer and ask to be in their next performance – especially if you don’t already have an established relationship with them.  This seems pretty obvious but you don’t know how many people I’ve witnessed come up to a choreographer and blurt out, “OMG, I love you.  Can I please be in your next piece?”  Not only do you look desperate, but a professional choreographer who’s been in the game for years, has seen the best of the best.  So let your moves do the talking, and prove your worth on the dance floor.
  • Let your flame extinguish.  Rejection is a part of the territory as a professional dancer.  If you want to be in the industry this is the first lesson you will learn.  But what you should also know is rejection should be the fuel to your fire.  Instead of letting the bad news wash over you, dimming your flame with each, “No,” let it strengthen your fight.  Keep striving for your dream, learning from each positive and negative experience along the way.
  • Get lazy.  Once you’ve established a relationship with other dancers and choreographers, it’s important to not get lazy.  Maintain a healthy workout schedule and diet, continue training and working on new skills, and prove why you deserve to have a spot on the next video the choreographer is working on.  There are new dancers everyday working for your job.  So I recommend working harder everyday, and don’t take anything for granted.

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Progress, Not Perfection – Something Every Dancer Should Practice

Photo via The Daily Mel

Photo via The Daily Mel

By Jadée Nikita

Dancer’s are instinctively stubborn by nature.  Not necessarily in a bad way.  But we are stubborn when it comes to being perfect.  Maybe it’s because of the competitive nature of our art – and I get it, who wants to be the girl in the back row, simply waving a rose while the Prima gets to shine?  So we strive for that coveted front-and-center role by staying late day-in-and-day-out, paying for extra classes we can’t afford, pushing through injuries, and extending our bodies beyond normal human capabilities.  We focus so much on trying to be perfect and getting to that final destination in the spotlight, that we sometimes forget about the journey along the way.

Persistence is much more important than perfection.

Therefore, instead of going to class and worrying about picking up the choreography perfectly, you should think about the mini goals that are going to get you to where you wanna be in your career.  I call it “progress in the bigger picture.”  For example, you want to learn how to do a triple pirouette flawlessly.  Instead of putting pressure on yourself to nail that triple the first time you try, practice quarter turns.  When you have that down try a few half turns.  Then a full rotation (which is much harder to control than doing multiple pirouettes), then a double, and so on until you reach your goal.  Not only are you practicing proper technique, you are setting yourself up for certain success by training your brain to keep pushing through adversity until you get what you want.

So if you practice consistently, without doubt and stress about perfection, you will find yourself dancing in the spotlight soon enough.  Never give up on your dreams, and know that success is possible if you first believe in yourself.

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Talent is in your Choice – 8 Ways to Be a Better Dancer

Smuin Ballet in rehearsal of Carmina Burana

Smuin Ballet in rehearsal of Carmina Burana

By Jadée Nikita

Ever find yourself staring at a beautiful ballet poster, wondrously gazing at the perfectly posed ballerina who has an extension that goes on for days?  You tell yourself over and over, “I want to be like her,” and you work hard to get your lines just right.  Next thing you know you’re accepted into one of the top ballet company’s in the world.  How did you get there?  Was it natural talent?  Destiny?  Sheer luck?  Maybe, but you can’t underestimate the subconscious seed you planted and the hard work it took to get there.

To be a better dancer it takes a little more than talent.  There are happenings behind the scenes.  Climbing the dance industry ladder is like building a house – it takes hard work, sweat and dedication to lay each brick.  Every great icon will tell you, success never comes without a little elbow grease.

The tips below are by no means a recipe for fame, but they will get you on your way to becoming a better dancer from the inside out.  Cheers to your future success!

  1. Take risks.  Not unnecessary risks, but calculated chances that are in your best interest.  For example, making the big move to NY or LA, or learning something new like tumbling or french.
  2. Confidence.  Instead of worrying about the worst, prepare to do your best.  There is no time to doubt yourself when it’s time to shine.
  3. Inside Out.  When you’re happy with who you are as a person, you will exude passion, beauty and confidence from the inside out.
  4. Environment.  Maintain a clean work environment and living space, and make sure to surround yourself with motivating friends and acquaintances
  5. Work.  Vince Lombardi said it best, “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
  6. Consistency.  If you are consistently working hard, great things are bound to happen.  Be persistent in pursuing your dreams.
  7. Goals.  Set big goals and take steps to achieve them.
  8. Discipline.  This started in our first day of ballet class with adhering to a certain dress code, being on time, hair in a bun with no fly-aways.  To be a great dancer you must exercise self-discipline.  Our bodies are our instruments, the better we maintain it the better it will work for us.
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Headshots Part 2

photo via Jadée Nikita

photo via Jadée Nikita

By Jadée Nikita

It’s been long over due, but I finally got my new headshots for the year (don’t judge).  I had a great time with the photographer, and I have to say, overall, these are the best commercial headshots I’ve ever taken.  So I had to ask myself, “Self.  What is it that made this experience better than the rest?”  It didn’t take long before the notes started racking up in my brain and it became clearer to identify the pros and cons of a headshot session.

In part one of our Headshot advice article, contributing industry writer, Brian Henninger, outlined a lot of great tips for getting the most out of your photo shoot.  In this article, we will elaborate and update you on the important details of how to make your headshot stand out from the crowd.

Almost every dance audition you go to will require a headshot and résumé.  In the end, this is what most casting directors use to make their final decision on who gets hired and who doesn’t.  Make sure your packet gets tossed in with the “yes” pile, and stand out from the rest with a fly headshot and moves to back it up 😉

The Deets:

Cozy up.  Before you begin any photo shoot, it’s important to calm your mind and body and prepare yourself to have a great time – no matter what.  You are handing out a lot of dough for these photos so the last thing you want to do is sabotage yourself.  Shake it out, workout before hand, pack for the shoot the night before, and plan to get there early.  You want to alleviate added stress by controlling any situations you can.  Another way to break the ice, is to call the photographer and talk details about your shoot. It helps so you’re I’m not walking into the studio like a shy stranger.

The more control you have over the shoot, the more relaxed you will feel and look on set.  Take the reigns, and don’t be afraid to get your ideal headshot.  Don’t be a diva, but trust me, a photographer prefers working with a client who has specific details as opposed to someone who doesn’t have any ideas for the shoot at all.

photo via The Keep Calm-O-Matic

photo via The Keep Calm-O-Matic

Makeup.  When getting in front of any camera, be it for film or photography, it’s best to keep in mind the K.I.S.S rule – Keep it Simple, Silly.  Long gone are the days where caked on foundation, and thick cat-eyes were the thing.  Today, a fresh, natural face is what casting directors and agents want to see when they lo0k at your headshot.  When a person wears too much makeup (unless the casting notice says to come performance or stage ready) they can look older than normal, look like they are trying to cover up imperfections, or like they are auditioning for the role of a street walker (lol, you know it’s true!).  So in general, keep the makeup light and natural.   Check out our recent blog post on how to achieve a natural look for your skin tone, here.

photo via Lib Magazine

photo via Lib Magazine

Posing. Ever been on set and you find yourself doing the same pose over and over again?  Or you find you have no idea what to do with you hands?  No worries, it happens to the best of us. An easy way to calm those jitters is to properly prep yourself for those awkward moments.  One of my favorite ways is to study photos in fashion magazines and imitate them (with my own twist, of course) in front of a mirror.  Make sure to find the best angles that work best for your body type.  For example when doing a side tooch, don’t turn your torso completely left or right.  The arch in your back will create a weird bump around your tummy making it appear larger than it really is.  Instead, angle your torso on a slight diagonal to create a more slim and feminine effect.

photo via Aleksandar Kujucev

photo via Aleksandar Kujucev

Narrowing it down.  Let’s face it, when it comes to narrowing down your final selection of photos to be edited, it can be a very daunting task.  Clicking through hundreds of thumbnails, not knowing how to pick only 3 photos out of the 400 that are available.  You can get it down to 20, easily, but how do you pick the top 3 photos that best represent you and are flexible enough to use for every type of audition?

It helps if you have an agent.  It’s their business to be informed on what’s best when it comes to the industry, and they have a sharp, professional eye for knowing which photos will get you the most work.  So if you have an agent, kindly ask him/her to help you narrow down the selection.  If you don’t have one, I recommend asking your close, professional dance friends, and/or mentor who you trust for their opinion.  No matter what you do, after you make your selection, wait 24hours, sleep on it, then revisit the list.  When you come back to it the next day, it’s almost like seeing the photos for the first time.

Finishing touch.  When it’s all said and done – the photographer made the edits, and you reproduced a copious amount of copies, it’s time to put the finishing touches on your headshot.  Funny enough, a lot of dancers overlook this step and they find themselves asking the embarassing question, “do you have a stapler?”  or worse, they turn in a headshot and resume with dog ears (i.e the top, left corner is folded down).  You might as well have a tattoo on your forehead that says “unprepared” because this is what your pretty much signaling to the casting director by turning in a headshot and resume that’s not stapled together.  Trust me, these things don’t go unnoticed.  So do yourself a favor and don’t undercut your chances of booking a job because your business isn’t in order.

Success is 90% preparation and 10% perspiration. – Louis Pasteur

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How to Deal With Audition Anxiety

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By Jadée Nikita

Your heart is racing, and your palms are sweating.  You’re not even in the audition room and yet your mind is racing, anxiety is building, and oddly enough your mouth is getting drier and drier.  Ever feel like you’re about to have a panic attack before you go into an audition or step on stage to perform?  If you answered yes, the good news is, you’re not the only one.  Over 80% of working actors and dancers suffer from stage fright at one point or another in their career.

So what exactly is stage fright, and how do you take control of your nerves to conquer that audition or performance?  Stage fright, or performance anxiety, is most commonly described as nervousness before or during an appearance before an audience.    You can overcome this nervousness by following some helpful tips below:

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Photo via iSport Ballet

Control.  When going to an audition, it’s important to keep in mind that you can only control yourself, and not what other people think about you.  Focus on the positives, and never worry about the worst.  According to Gordan Goodman, a working actor and Ph.D. in psychology from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, “actors [should] put their attention on managing their individual tasks [like] knowing their lines, showing up on time, and mitigating distraction.”  

The more the person concentrates on the end result, the worse they perform.

Self-Calming Techniques.  Before entering the audition room, try a few techniques to relax your mind and calm the nerves.  A few of my favorites are practicing yoga, breathing deeply, and meditation.

Photo via AIS

Photo via AIS

Be prepared.  Like Scar says in the Lion King, BE PREPARED!  Always come prepared and early to auditions and performances.  You never want to add stress to an already nerve-racking situation by sabotaging yourself because you arrived late or didn’t bring your headshot.  To get your body in the flow of things, maintain healthy time management skills, and always pack more than what you think you’ll need.  It’s better to be over-prepared than not prepared at all.

Stay Positive.  No matter the outcome, it’s important to keep a positive mental state and personality.  A very wise teacher once told me to learn from my experience, let it go, then move on to the next one.  In order to have a long-lasting career you have to have thick skin and be able to handle rejection well.  Determination and endurance will take you a long way in the entertainment industry.

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Photo via izQuotes

References: AADA, Back Stage, About.com 

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Dance Side Hustles Perfect For Summer!

By Jadée Nikita

Summer is here, and I hope you’re loving every minute of it!  For the dance industry, the summer season tends to be our down-time, or the slow period.  You will notice there are fewer auditions, and fewer gigs because most production work is in it’s brainstorming/ planning stages for Fall.  Therefore, you may find you have a lot more time on your hands but less money with which to do anything.  Don’t fret, my pretty’s!  As a dancer you can still make some cash during this stressful downtime, while maintaining your technique and having fun at the same time.  Below are a few “side hustles” (legal ones) that I recommend looking into, based upon your availability and other interests:

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1.  Private Lessons

If you know you are a good teacher, and have a special skill you can offer others, I recommend posting ads for private instructions, group classes, wedding dances, bat mitzvah’s, etc.  There are tons of people out there looking for a great instructor to teach them some simple dance moves.  Whether they are athletes who are looking to spice up their athleticism, bros who want to look cool dancing at a club, or grandpa’s who want to cut a rug at their granddaughter’s wedding, you want to be the instructor they call.  It’s easy to post ads on sites like Craigslist and FaceBook for a small fee, and if you know how to sell your services in writing, the upfront costs will be paid off in no time.

Photo via Storeya

Photo via Storeya

2.  Sell Merchandise

If you have a website and a decent fan base, consider opening an e-commerce store and and start selling merch. For example, you can sell t-shirts, DVDs, workout apps, or books by quickly setting up of a shopping cart on your site.  Marketing skills and some knowledge of running a website is required to start a store, and getting clients to actually shell out money to buy your product is the tricky part.

Photo via History Pin

Photo via History Pin

3.  Master Class Tour

Do you enjoy traveling?  Don’t mind doing it alone?  Then consider setting up a mini summer tour and teach dance classes around the country (or abroad) at various studios.  It’s easier than you think.  First, list all studios with which you have a good rapport.  Second, google dance studios in surrounding cities and get their email addy.  Third, draft a message including your bio, résumé, head shot, links, and your interest in teaching a master class at “x” studio.  Fourth start sending emails (separately of course.  Do not SPAM).

If you are interested in traveling abroad, start with step two.  Of course, if you have a friend who can vouch for your teaching/dancing ability and can recommend you to the studio they grew up in, that’s a great first step to take as well.

Have a prosperous summer, and remember that if you create your own opportunities you won’t have to wait around for Lady Luck!  Motivate yourself to be a better you 🙂

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Traveling 101

 

By Brian Henninger

 

Today I want to share a recent experience I had traveling for work and why being prepared to travel at a moments notice is important for the professional dancer. Most of the time as a dancer in NY or LA you will be doing gigs in town, music videos, promotions, commercials, live performances ETC. At some points in your journey as a dancer you will get the opportunity to travel nationally and internationally to work. Most of the time these opportunities will come with weeks of notice and several rehearsals, giving you time to prepare for your show and also to pack strategically for the time you will be away, but sometimes a gig will come up that gives you absolutely no notice and requires you to leave sometimes even on the same day. In these circumstances your preparedness and poise as a professional dancer will allow you to be successful.

Have your travel documents ready: This seems like a common sense thing right? Make sure your passport is up to date. Get your passport renewed ahead of time if it is going to expire. Keep a second form of identification with you at all times. These are the common sense parts of having travel documents but you also need to make sure you don’t have anything preventing you from traveling to certain places. I recently just did a gig where i traveled out of the country and one of the dancers on the gig unfortunately was not able to travel out of the country for no fault of their own, they just happened to have a passport from another country which for some reason would not allow travel to this certain place where the gig was taking us. He lost out on a good paying gig and a great experience simply because he wasn’t aware of an issue that existed with his passport. Be aware of these things as much as possible so you can avoid this type of unfortunate situation. I wish I could tell you that this didn’t happen often but I have heard several similar stories of dancers being stopped because of visa issues or even warrants from unpaid parking tickets. Make sure you are on top of your personal affairs so that they don’t hinder you from traveling and living your dreams.

Buy an International adapter for outlets: A good investment for anyone who might be traveling abroad and something almost no one thinks about before getting to the airport and having to pay way to much for one. Go to a electronics store and grab an adapter any brand should work fine just make sure it includes a surge protector. Some brands sell adapters without surge protectors and using those can fry your electronics because other countries use different voltage levels compared to america.

Turn your cellphone data services OFF: Make sure in addition to using airplane mode you also go into your cellphone’s settings and make sure you turn your data services off if you want to avoid expensive roaming charges. Some of the latest cellphones are programmed to automatically search for Wifi signals but after leaving that wifi signal they will switch from airplane mode to roaming because they are programmed to automatically search for signal. This can cause you to receive tons of emails and text messages which all cost more money because of data rates in other countries. Make sure you keep all data services off unless you have an international plan to avoid a nasty cellphone bill.

These are a few tips I have learned in my time traveling abroad. I CAN NOT stress enough the importance of having your travel documents up to date and verifying if you have any restrictions on your travel. Opportunities to travel and dance are amazing, and don’t come often. Be prepared so you can make the most of it and really enjoy the experience of living your dream!

 

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Ready For Anything (Dancing in T.V. and Film)

By. Brian Henninger

 

 

Today I want to talk to you guys about some extremely important skills needed for work in t.v. and film as a dancer. Live t.v. is especially stressful and these skills if honed over time will be of great benefit to you as you begin to work within these worlds. t.v. and film are intense environments to work in. Turnaround times are always short, and peoples expectations are always high. It is important to be able to take directions and make changes on the fly and to be aware of what is going on around you at all times. Here are a few skills that will help you when your on the job.

Be able to reverse choreography almost immediately: This is probably the most important skill to have as a dancer working on t.v. and film. You spend several days or even weeks learning choreography and staging for a particular project and then when you get on set something changes with lighting or some other variable that has nothing to do with you, but it causes a shadow to land on your face at a certain point. The Choreographer tells you they need you in a different position now and that you need to reverse all of the choreography so that you mirror the side you were on. Guess who’s responsibility it is to instantly be able to reverse that Choreo? Yep its Yours, and they have no time for you to take 20 mins and figure everything out on your bad side. This is a situation that happens OFTEN. The only way to prepare for it is to practice reversing choreography with the routines you are learning in class. Over time you will develop the ability to be able to reverse choreography at the drop of a hat!

Always be listening and understand what is going on: When you are on set it is very easy for your attention to wander. There are cameras, lights, musicians, directors, producers etc, who are all yelling and shouting different things and it is easy to get confused. Staying focused on the choreographer and their instructions as well as listening to stage directors for information on whats happening will help you always be on the ball. I have seen dancers get yelled at for not hearing a direction that came from someone who they’ve never met or didn’t even know they should be listening too. Its important to make sure that your so engaged and in the moment so you can take directions from anyone at a moments notice.

Pay attention to your artist: Sometimes you will get lucky and work with an artist who also dances and understands stage directions. You will be able to totally focus in on your dancing and lose yourself in the performance. However, the majority of the time you will be working with artists who DON’T dance, and who have their own ideas about how they want to move on stage and perform. Hopefully your choreographer will be able to reel them in and get them on the same page so they understand where they need to be and when to be there, but don’t expect this. Be prepared and aware of your artist at all times so that you can alter your spacing or even freestyle your way into new spacing so that the performance can continue in a polished way.

T.v and film is a crazy whirlwind world to work in as a dancer. It is constantly changing and you have to be able to be flexible and attentive always. The more you work in this world the better equipped you will be as a performer. Taking these tips to heart and preparing yourself mentally for these situations will help you have a smoother and more enjoyable working experience when you do get the chance to hit the stage in front of T.V. and Film cameras.

 

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Social Media Made Easy

By Brian Henninger

 

Simple strategies to add value to your brand

We all know that in the ever changing world of social media and internet presence it is important to explore ways in which we can use technology to help us increase our brand. This can seem overwhelming to some, especially the more introverted dancers in the industry. How can we use technology and social media to help us further our professional dance careers while not overwhelming ourselves with hours of extra work per week? How can we network with others in our profession in order too further each other and expand our art form in positive ways? Here are few easy steps you can take today to get the social media ball rolling in your personal career.

Don’t live and die for likes: It is so easy in our ever increasingly connected world to get hung up on the response you are getting through social media to your tweets, posts, etc. In order to really build a community around what you do online, one of the first things you have to do is detach yourself from the approval of everyone, because you will never get it, Ever. You simply can’t please everyone, but the beauty of the internet allows for us to reach people who genuinely do love what we do. I truly believe that their is an audience out there for ANYTHING, and right now there is a huge audience for dance on the internet. Work on building a legitimate following online while not worrying about the numbers, but instead focusing on the quality of content that your putting out.

Be yourself above all else: When you are working on building an online presence it is very important to stay focused on staying true to who you really are. Creating some characterized online version of yourself is exhausting and while it can be entertaining it doesn’t allow people to really get to know YOU. Trying to keep up an online persona that is anything less then completely true to who you are is a recipe for disaster because at some point you will get to a place where you realize you are being fake. Make sure that your being authentically you and the right people will find their way to your viewership.

Set goals based on producing rather then receiving: Setting some simple goals for your social media presence can really get the ball rolling. Make sure that your setting goals based on things you can actually achieve. It is one thing to say “I want to get 100,000 views”. This is a very arbitrary goal and it gives you no road map with which to pursue it. Instead, a goal like “I will challenge myself to put out two new videos per month that showcase my dancing” is much more specific and also actionable. You can schedule those videos and brainstorm them ahead of time. After a while those 100,000 views your looking for WILL come but if your so focused on that end number instead of the step by step process it takes to get there, you will end up feeling overwhelmed instead of empowered.

Social media is a clear part of the dance industry nowadays. It intersects with teaching, choreographing, and showcasing yourself as a performer to potential employers. Learning how to use social media for networking and showcasing ourselves can lead to REAL work. Explore your inspirations and starting thinking of ways to share that inspiration with the worldwide audience, in addition to all the great training and auditioning your no doubt already involved in!

 

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Making The Most On Tour

 

by Brian Henninger

This article will serve as a guide to people who have just booked a gig that will take them out of town and on the road for several months to a year at a time. Whenever you are blessed with an opportunity to travel and dance for an extended period of time you have the chance to really capitalize on several other opportunities that can really propel your career. In addition to being paid to travel and perform, you also have the opportunity to save quite a bit of money during the time you are traveling. This article includes just a few tips on how to maximize your income and savings while you tour so that you can have more long term security with your money

Cut your expenses at home: This can really help maximize your profits while your away touring and making a weekly salary and per diem. Subletting your apartment out, or getting rid of it altogether and putting things in storage can drastically reduce your monthly expenses while you travel. If your living situation allows you to sublet out your apartment to another person for the duration of your tour, I highly suggest you do so and cut your expenses down. Along with subletting your place, arrange for the person subletting your place to hold your mail if you trust them, or you can get a P.O. box to collect your mail and have a friend or family member collect it periodically for you and keep you aware of any important documents you may receive. If you are headed out of town on a gig, cutting your expenses at home is a great way to make the whole experience more manageable.

Commit to saving a certain percentage of your income: This is a hugely important principal. 10-20% of each weeks salary can be directed to a savings account. This may seem redundant to many people but if you’ve never had a strong saving habit, being on tour is the PERFECT time to adopt it because you have drastically less expenses since your hotels are paid for, and you also should be getting a per diem for food and daily expenses.

Spend your money on unforgettable experiences, not things: If your lucky enough to have booked a tour, the chances are that you might be visiting some pretty incredible places. Theres always going to be a temptation to spend your money on Clothing, Shoes, and any other type of purchase. In order to keep your spending down, I suggest you focus on creating memories with your fellow cast mates. Spend money on a nice dinner out, or day trips and excursions to explore the places your visiting. Focus on creating cool experiences while you travel rather then accumulating things along the way.

When you are lucky enough to book a tour you have an opportunity save quite a bit of money. If you do some simple math and consider that most international or national tours for well known artists average around 1000-1400 per week in salary with another 40-60 per day per diem, over a year long period it is possible for you to save upwards of 10,000 in a year touring, which is a low estimate. It is possible to save much more money when you consider the per diem you are making as well. This money saved can help you support yourself after you finish the gig and give you a cushion of security when you enter the world of auditioning again.

 

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