Street performing, what does it take?

Street PerfomersThis year I decided to apply to get a permit to become a street performer on Church Street in Burlington. Apparently, this is a big deal. You don’t just have to fill out an application, you actually have to audition for it as well, get a criminal background check and pay $25. They don’t let just anyone perform on Church Street, you know.

I always hate auditions, they are so nerve-wracking. Why is it that when I’m in the comforts of my own home, I can rock it on my fiddle without making any foibles but the minute I think someone is watching, let alone judging, I lose it?

I guess this is one of the many reasons I want to be a street performer. I think it will make me a better musician, not to mention I get to share the music I love with anyone willing to listen (and hopefully make a little cash).

Playing in front of people whether its on Church Street or at sessions, always pushes me to play my best so it’s a good exercise if nothing else.

Tomorrow is my audition. Wish me luck.

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