Ok, here's a tough situation for me. I may need to get a second job, and I'm investigating playing for pay. I've heard that bass players are relatively hard to come by around Kansas City (this individual certainly seemed pretty excited that I was a bass player) and I am thinking about hiring out to a variety band to do some shows at casinos/clubs/whatever pays. At least I'd be doing something I like, and building my skills and reputation on my instrument. Since I've never done this before, I'm wondering if $50, $100, $150 is appropriate pay for approx 4-5 hour set? I would be required to know 4 different sets of music and would be under contract with this individual. Also, if I'm a hired gun, how is practice handled? Assuming I won't get paid for practices, how many should I be available for considering 3-4 gigs a week are anticipated? The band leader was talking 4 practices a week, and that's just not worth it to me... of course they sounded a little "fuzzy" when we talked(I think I called to early) so I'm assuming that's not what they actually do. I'd think once the initial "get up to speed" time is over, one good practice a week should do it. I know talking money is a little hard sometimes in this setting, but I'd like to not learn the hard way when it comes to this. If anyone can give some good guidelines I'd appreciate it. Thanks for any help with this dilemma.