The Best Learning Space for Performance Is …
This Chicago Tribune article about street performers points out a few things — about promotion, audience engagement, etc. — that artists can learn from busking. One of the best quotes is:
“It’s easier to play for a crowd that came to hear you,” guitarist Keithen Banks said. “But when you’re playing in front of a crowd that didn’t come to hear you and you win them over, you’re doing something.”
Everyone’s got to start somewhere (I remember seeing Michael Colyar on Venice Beach) — and these lessons learned from buskers can extend beyond the streets.