After being handed an envelope of $150.00 bucks to play a show for a guy with a CD but no band it was sort of a wake up call. I have never played in cover bands or for pay before because I was of the mind that if I could not play my fav style of metal I did not care to play at all. But this last gig I had some fun. I played with good musicians and got paid. Even got compliments on my playing from some guys who I either knew play bass, informed me they did. And any time a black guy compliments a white bass player it must say something I need a second job but will never take one. The play for pay is a happy medium and I think it's time. I put an add out on Craigs list and I got a lot off replies. The one that grabbed my attention is a band that plays in the spring for some brewery and they told me they could pay me 100 dollars for a 4 hour set on the week ends. Not sure if that was one set or two over two days but either way it's 100 I can put in my pocket and have some fun doing it. Another band is forming and they are playing classic rock and need someone to learn 60 songs in a time frame I am just not comfortable with so I declined that gig. I need to start out smaller with the gig I am looking at for 100 a week end. QUESTIONS: The guy who released a CD and paid me to play live will be needing to do more shows. If I get the call how do I determine what is fair to accept on future payments? I was thinking that 150.00 was probably a one time deal on the first show that had 500 people turn out. Would have easily been sold out with 900 people of standing room only had a large snow storm not been in progress. How do you guys, hired guns determine all this as policy for yourselves?