It's a new year and this is the year that you are considering becoming a professional belly dancer. Is it for you?
First and foremost have you decided if you wish to become a professional entertainer, a teacher or both?
Do you wish to work part-tie or full time? From experience I can tell you that you will need to supplement your income in either choice unless you have a large financial cushion which allows you to not worry about an income.
I am assuming that you have taken belly dancing lessons from several instructors, attended seminars and workshops, and have experiences in teaching and performing. The following guide will introduce teacher responsibilities.
As a performer these tools will need to be considered:
The outlets for making money with your dancing will include:
Working in restaurants
Private parties e.g. weddings
Some stage performances - workshops and seminars
Paid community events
A few non-profit organizations
Non-profit organizations usually request free entertainment. These outlets offer advertising as payment as their funds are low, Choose non-profit organizations wisely.
Show business is just that...a business and money must follow your performances.
Record anticipated expenses, competitive pricing, and personal income in order to determine performing rates.
Whether you choose to be an instructor, performer, or both it will be necessary that you are able to attract many potential clients.
In addition to knowledge and experiences communication skills, charisma, and an enthusiastic personality supported with common sense are necessary ingredients to add to the success mix.
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