Hey guys I am turning to this great forum for advice from those that have gone before me in performing for paying audiences.
Background: I just recently ventured out into performing for "real" audiences and at the present time I have a regular resturant gig which is going great. Obviously, I am always trying to contact new prospective clients offering my services as a walk around/strolling magician. In my promotional package I emphasize that my magic while suitable for younger audiences is really geared towards adults. I do have one or two effects that are geared for children, however the majority of my work really would not contect well with "younger" (ages 2-12 roughly) audiences.
Scenario: I received a call from a perspective client that I approached about doing walk around in his resturant. He called asking about my availability for a New Year's Eve gig. He didn't leave too many details, but he did mention that it would be for children and last about an hour.
Problem: I am still at the point in my young career where I will take any gig I can get for financial reasons, but mainly just for the experience. Part of me says to take the gig and alter some of my effects/presentations so they are more child friendly. I obviously want to make the client happy and give him his money's worth with the hope that it leads to a more permanent walk around gig. However, part of me says to turn down the gig because even if I take the gig and do well I will have "typecast" myself in his eyes as a children's performer.
I understand that there really is no right answer and it is a vey subjective question, however, I would appreciate all opinions and maybe we can come up with some good conversation points for other workers out there. On the lighter side, any funny "terrible gig" stories would be entertaining reading as well. For some reason I picture myself standing 2 feet above hundreds of screaming children all yelling, "we saw the fake thumb Mr. Magic, we saw it!" Nightmares.
Thanks in advance.