Remember these rates are subject to change according to your area of USA, your travel and hotel/motel expenses, your country other then USA and the economical situations. Your rates change according to venue and length of performance, as well as how many multiple shows you can book, many multiple deserve a $50-$75 discount, if you can prepapre for such a savings on the part of the client, do so-B'days-family gatherings-groups-corporate parties-church socials-day care-school assemblies.
You can get many more jobs from one honest well delivered within your limitation, if your performance is received well, so churches should be done on an honorarium basis, but besure to have them pay your lodging and travel. Remember it is better to under promise a performance, and give them the best you have in your range, you will be found out as soon as you 'don't open your mouth'. Then to over promise and not be able to deliver, that could be the last time you see that venue, as well as lose the others that could have come from it.
When Libraries, schools and any other venue has a showcase, you should get a table, hand out brochures, bring your vent figures, even give short presentation, demonstration for future possible shows.
When looking for a gig in your school be sure to speak with the person in the school who does the hiring to inquire as to what is the main topic of interest in the school and add to your performance something pertaining to that topic.
Your website should include the folowing items, a business card should also be included on that site-
A Very High Quality Photo of both yourself and your characters, if there are many a discription of what each character does as the name of the figure.audio files, video if you have, a detailed discription of your show, such as bullying, cooperation, friendship, ect. The age range of each show and the age range for mixed shows, audience participation and what is required of both the participant and the adult in charge, charges including travel expenses and rates per show.
Some Ideas of rates to charge B'days 45-60 mins. $150.-$225. Libraries$150-$300.
School assemblies $175.-$550. Day care #150.$200 Remember prices depends on single type of entertainment, if you include other venues such as singing, magic or ballooning you should charge for that as well seperately,the region of country and distance of travel, accomendations. These are just examples
Advertising generally cost what a single performance would earn but it would generate multiple performances, so don't be afraid to put your earnings to work for you. Try to include a novelty item as well about 5 min. Be sure that when using a novelty item the gag must be very funny, not just mediocre funny and it should fit you. When doing a B'day party have party favors, especially for the B'day person.
LIST OF VENUES : SCOUTS-HOLIDAY SHOWS-OUTDOOR FAIRS-WALK AROUNDS-
LIBRARIES GRAND OPENINGS MALLS REUNIONS CORPORATE PARTIES TRADE SHOWS CLUBS and the list is endless be sure to send to each of them a business card of introduction and directions to your website.
From your salary as a performer you should set aside monies for the following 10% to retirement 8% to social security 10% to health insurance 2% for fuel and what remains should be used for actual usable money, some people call it living expenses, if thats what you call living.