For the last 20 years I have focused on producing my own shows in theaters rather than work gig to gig waiting for the phone to ring. Nothing wrong with that, but it is not me. I want to be in complete control of my own opportunities and destiny. So I do it myself.
Guess what? When times get tough financially, my ticket revenues go up. The reason is a basic human principle. We all like to escape our reality, and the worse that reality seems to be, the more we try to escape it. PT Barnum said it best when he said "a person will spend their last nickle to have fun." This has certainly proved to be true for me. Right after 9-11 I took a show on a theater tour and made enough that year, that I didn't HAVE to work for another year!
Just recently we have seen not one, but 2 feature films shatter all previous box office records during a summer glutted with new movies and when the economy was percieved as bad.
So, if you are losing work because the companies who hire entertainment for events are cutting costs, go out and do it your self! I've even written a book to help you! It's called How To Produce Your Own Theater show and it is available at www.theatricalmagic.net
Do not fear change, embrace it as a new opportunity!
John B. Pyka
"Big Daddy Cool"