Originally Posted by DogBreath
I used to go see two of my friends perform once or twice a week for years when I lived in southern California. They have about a dozen CDs out, they play three to four nights a week consistantly, they do private gigs and win awards at music festivals... and I saw the same 15 people at every show. It just goes to show you. Most working musicians do not play to sold-out arenas every night. If you are gigging and getting paid for it, you are a working musician. If you get to the point that it pays your bills without you needing a day job, then you are way ahead of most.
great point DB i've played to 1000 people and then i've played for the bartender and waitresses LOL when that happens i call that a "paid practice" I always try to have fun no matter what happens.don't. be discouraged and even if you not having fun try to look like your having fun the crowd will pick up on bad moods quickly.if your having fun the people will also and they will be back.
P.S. also talk to the crowd and keep the songs moving along "dead air" is a mood killer