Someone here or on Bhuz made the point that if you dance for nothing the owner/organiser is paying more for the toilet paper than your performance.
I wouldn't expect an owner/organiser who doesn't care about belly dance to turn up their nose at free entertainment, but if you go along with it that's how much you are valuing your time and skill, IMO.
LOL at the toilet paper comment!
She commented on that video clip I posted on FB, maybe she felt that clip was meant for her :P
She said she'd only dance for free at charity events, but also said she dances for barter, what is that???
That's dancing for food, goods or favours.
Eg: I've got this wonderful friend of mine who is both a jeweller & amateur photographer. She's been doing all my promotional photography (outside of the events I perform at) for free for years now & gives me free jewellery to add to my costumes/jewellery stash for dance because she wants to support & encourage what I do. So I am intending to return the favour by dancing in front of her shop at the local 'Turkish Bazaar' (note the inverted commas, this is the day when everyone drags their shops outside onto the street instead of keeping it inside). Ergo, I would be dancing for barter or returning a favour in kind.
I suspect that the lady in question is dancing for her dinner. I've done that before(my ex-teacher organised it & didn't tell me we were being paid in food until after I'd danced!), the audience isn't exactly appreciative of the work that went into it (threw food at us when the greek owners motioned for them to shower us with money) and I promised myself I'd never do something like that again.
Last edited by Darshiva; 10-10-2011 at 02:24 AM.
Reason: Left out something important
I feel your baby dancer "missed the bus" on her retort. So art isn't paying her bills and neither is Belly Dance...so what IS her point then? Other than to say "Hey i dance for free, but I'm not used to getting paid for any of my other art forms either".
Go do something that does pay you to pay the bills, and stop cheapening your art would be my advice. Doesn't mean you have to stop dance, but you have to put money in to dance to get money out of it. So why not put money into classes with another job, and then when you are ready to perform get paid what you are worth. < Is what i would say to a baby dancer dancing for nada.
She's only decreasing her worth, i dont understand how anyone would think that someone who has used your services for FREE will eventually want to pay you......that's just common sense to me.
As far as bartering: a photoshoot sounds like it could be of equal value to a performance. I'm sure we'd all dance for Bella's,lol. Hummus -not so much.
Darshiva, they threw food at you guys? As in food fight kind of way?
Dancing for food is just too cheap, I can understand if you are in an area where you don't get much contact with other dancers who can tell what to do and what not to do, that a baby dancer might make this mistake.
This baby dancer does some sort of circus tricks while dancing, something wil hoops, balls, whatever. I wish she'd focus on belly dance first. But I can't say much, just give hints.
Good barters are a great idea I think!
I am so glad I called up my teacher when I got my first gig so I could ask her about the fee. She said I had to ask $350 (it was a private event, birthday party) and I did. They paid, no isssues there. If I didn't ask, I probably would have charged less. A good teacher who is honest about these things and not jealous and trying to put you off if priceless!
Got some good news: she has decided to join a belly dance group and asked me to refer her to groups. I hope she finds what's she's looking for
It's like any walk of life where your vocation pays your bills. On my day job as a legal secretary, I have my share of woes, but I put up with thiings because I need the money. However, you have these other people who work to just get out of the house, and they usually are a pain because they mess up when the rest of us who are working for a living are trying to stand up for things when they go too far. But these hobby people tend to "scab in" if you get my drift, sort of like when the union is striking, and these "scabbers" just mess everything up.
SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.