Saturday, August 15, 2009

Artist Myth #10c: Agents

Myth Ten: If I only had an agent, my worries would be over.

Bernard Lachance, a french Canadian performer, popped up on my radar a number of months ago after a friend saw him on Oprah. Think an agent will help you:
a) Fill more seats?
b) Get more gigs?
c) Become a supa'star?

Think again. This guy has been filling 4,300 seat venues without representation for years. Watch this video for a bit of inspiration and watch how he eventually got the attention of Oprah after renting out the Chicago Theater. He finally appeared on the Oprah show on May 5, 2009.

His t-shirt method of seat sales is absolutely brilliant and I'll talk about it more in my blog in the section on prime real estate in a few months.

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