Today’s Tip – You want a contract in any situation just to protect yourself. I am going to explain this tip in a way for a performer, particularly for bands. “You will get the 3rd spot from the top if you sell this many tickets”. Have you heard anything like this before? Then you get there and you are stuck with 10 bands playing, of which you are going on at 3am in the morning. Plus originally there were only 4 bands on the bill and so on… Avoid this with a contract.
Having a contract which would state important must such as, time you are going on, tickets to be sold, and all the other arrangements involved. Protect yourself, always. You are an entertainer, they are business people. Get on fairground. You are both businesses so act as such. Even in life’s everyday activities you need to see your life as a business. THE BUSINESS OF LIFE. Thus you have your employee contract (an application is a contract), your TV, phone, mortgage, lease on car or apartment, all these things are contracts. Why should you jump into something without it?
Take your life and business seriously. Protect yourself by asking to have a contract signed. It can be as simple as stating the facts on one slab of paper. You sign and print your name, they sign and print their name and bam, done. Do they have to keep the word of a contract? Yes, they do. Will they always? No, they won’t. But at least it is there for your safety if you so desire. Rule of thumb; business/places don’t want a contract signed means something is shady. Don’t work with shady because shady leads to the shadows of corruption. You’ll never see the light working in shadows.