I just agreed to drive to Indiana to do a free concert. Short notice, no pay, it will cost me a hotel and gas, so why did I do it? In short, it is great exposure and in front of the right audience for me. I will also have a merchandise table and someone to run it for me. Will it end up paying for itself? I hope so, but if not now, I do believe it will over time. I'm in this for the long haul and I feel like a sacrifice now, will add up to greater rewards down the road. If I do a great show for 600+ people who have not heard my music before, then I know I will sell merchandise and meet and greet with new fans. At this point in my career the more exposure and wider fan base I can develop is all a good thing in my mind. I read an article a while back on developing a "Super Fan" Do you know that if you have 1000 "Super Fans" you can make a great living as an artist? I don't know about you, but I'm not there yet. However, I look at this as an opportunity to develop more.
More ramblings, thanks and have a great day.