How to be a Busker
You don't have to be a musician of 10 years to busk...but it helps. What one must do to become a good busker is to take what talents you have, add to them, then implement them into your show of shows.
Let's focus upon what separates good street performers from the bad. Merely subsisting is not what good busking is all about. There's a wee bit more to it, perhaps a whole lot. It depends on the type of busker.
Successful street performers learn to create an audience, entertain an audience, and last but not least, ask for appreciation from the audience. This is otherwise known as the build, the show, and the hat. One can learn volumes of short-cuts just by watching professional buskers. Ask and thou shall receive.
Fundamentals start with a basic time frame. For circle performers, twenty minute shows are recommended. Remember, it's standing room only. On a good pitch, the busker can turn right around and do at least 2-3 shows an hour if desired.
Musicians are the most popular due the amount of instruments that exist. It's recommended that a musician be pro-active rather than just sit there playing the latest song they've learned. You may have to pass the hat to make enough money to be worthwhile. Play every restaurant and cafe inside and out. Always be selling your CD's. If your situation doesn't allow for this, you may have to fly half-way around the world to a place that does.
You may have to add something, perhaps several things to your show to be successful. You may wind up on a unicycle, highwire, or even stilts. You may end up only using an instrument in your grand finale. More than one famous comedian has used their instrument as only a mere prop. The best way a busker can truly profit is being able to pass the hat. Again, ask and thou shall receive. Read and think about all the performances featured at Busker Central and work out a new show that will hold and entertain an audience.
Pro-actively seek new places to busk. It is the discouraged busker that puts all their eggs into one basket. Buskers will be at any pitch they've seen others performing - including "yours". Unless you like waiting in lines, always remain flexible by creating new pitches at restaurants, cafes, and tourist spots both indoors and out. Flea-markets and antique shows are also good. Anyplace outdoors is fair game with lots of people around. Some of the best pitches include tourist castles and open-aire shopping malls. Street performers really haven't any known boundaries.
Make sure to gain other insights with the Busker Websites link. Read and study Busker Central throughly then combine a couple or more feats into your street performance. You may actually have to re-invent yourself. With all the information accessible at Busker Central, surely you can make something new out of yourself and, with a dash of creativity and practice, take the world by storm.
As you get better and better, so will your confidence and self-esteem. Once hard bits will now seem easy. Your show will ebb and flow then morph into something you've never dreamed. You'll become a fine-tuned Master in 7th Busker Heaven searching the planet for that elusive perfect pitch.
In the future, you may well be on your way ballooning across the sky to International Buskerfests and contests in lands far away. You will live on sheer talent - above it all - traveling to unimagined places and meeting fascinating people from all walks of life.
Busk means "to go in quest"...for your dream can come true - but only if you make it.
"What has been done can still be done"