A comedian’s secret to booking gigs successfully? Is there really such a thing? There sure is! Here are some that you might want to look into.
1. Remember NOT to Despise Small Beginnings
While it is always an option to hire an agent or an entertainer promoter to book gigs for you as a comedian, it is also always possible to book gig yourself. It is a more practical and economical way for someone who is starting in the business. For sure, as a start up, you will have to consider having to share your profits with your agent. When you can otherwise work your way up by starting small.
As an old quote goes, “Never despise small beginnings, and don’t belittle your own accomplishments. Remember them and use them as inspiration as you go on to the next thing.”
Of course, there is something about having your own agent do the booking for you. You will even see for yourself that there’s that certain pride of being able to do that. But this is not always feasible for someone who is just starting.
2. What is in Your Hands
But how exactly do you sell your services, and do it effectively, while waiting for your own career breakthrough?
A good rule of thumb is to check “what is in your hands?” This means you are going to have to make a list of people within your circle. This will allow for you to identify event planners, even organizations that hold regular meetings. Work your way towards being able to offer to perform for 15 minutes for free. As more and more people get to experience the service you offer, you are making a brand for yourself. Again, keeping in mind “not to despise small beginnings.”
As you build your career as a comedian, make sure that people will be able to find you on the web. A basic website with your services and video clips would be a good place to start. This also make it easy for people who hear about you book your services. Take Damon Wayans Jr, for instance. This comedian knows how to handle his craft. If someone is in a look out for a good comedian for their event, seeing what one needs to know in one page is something that you would like to consider for your online presence as a comedian.
4. Online Presence through Regular 5 Minute Clips
Yes, a website is a non-negotiable. But a good thing to also consider is going live on different social media platforms. Whether this will be done on Facebook, YouTube, TikTok, et. al. The key is to make a name for yourself. Branding is very important.
Everything considered, keep in mind that with every other business, you have competition to think of. Keep in mind to continue working on your craft. Never settle. To have a niche is a good thing. But to learn new things is also something to consider. This allows for a wider range of audience.