I spoke to an artist this week who was telling me about her experiences with showcases when she first got started. Most of you know my stance on showcases. If not, check out The Showcase Trap.
This artist gave me a new perspective on showcases. She looks at it as exercise for new independent artists. There are some benefits to paying for performances when you first start out:
- Most of the time you get a guaranteed spot on the show.
- You get to practice your stage presence.
- The best showcases will have someone there who will give you 1 on 1 feedback about your performance
- You get to practice singing in different conditions.
- If you’re the last person in line you have to work harder which will build your stage muscles.
- Even if you’re the last person in line and the room is empty, you get to practice singing to a sparse audience
Showcases can still be a trap if you’re paying too much and not getting any reward. So before you sign up for a showcase, ask the organizers if you’ll be able to get private feedback on your performance. Also make sure you bring sample CDs, download cards, and one sheets. Just because it’s practice doesn’t mean you won’t meet anyone who can help you advance your career.
Because of this change of perspective, you may see ECHE do some showcases in the future.
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