Sunday jam

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by rodv66, Jun 5, 2017.

  1. rodv66

    rodv66 Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2016
    I got offered an audition with another tribute act, so I figured why not? Nothing wrong with getting as many gigs as possible. So, got email with date and location. They are having three of us back to back and giving us a half hour each. I got the six tunes down, but didn't know it was a cattle call until last night. Never had one before, so don't know what to expect at all. They also asked for us to bring mics if we have them, or they will borrow a headset, something else I never used. The weird part is that they are asking us to pitch in 5 bucks each to audition, to cover the rehearsal space. It's only five bucks, but never got charged for an audition before and just seems odd. I'm already driving 45 minutes to the place, so the five bucks just seems petty.

    Any one ever have something similar happen to them on one of these cattle calls?
  2. Bodeanly


    Mar 20, 2015
    Bring your own mics and pitch in for the space in order to audition? By posting this thread, you have made it further than I would. Good luck though!
  3. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    We never charge someone to audition... Do they give your 5 bucks back if you fail?
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2017
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  4. rodv66

    rodv66 Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2016
    I just text him to ask if I need to bring my own pick. I'm taking a finn and five bucks worth of loose change. If they are good, they get the finn, if they suck, the change
  5. rodv66

    rodv66 Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2016

    That is friggin brilliant.
  6. rodv66

    rodv66 Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2016
    One of the guys bowed out, hope they don't expect 7.50$. If the other guy does as well, will be up to 10$. Can't afford this gig
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  7. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    Very odd. Pay to audition? That already has me thinking that this is a pretty mickey-mouse operation. Either you want me to audition or you don't. I'm showing my interest, and doing you a favor, just by learning your tunes and showing up. I'm not charging you for my mileage or my time. You don't have much going on if you can't afford rehearsal space. I would not be impressed with this situation.

    I've been to only a couple of auditions, one involving a "cattle call" of twelve bass players. I got the gig. But usually I get my gigs just because of my reputation. I don't mind auditioning for something that could be worthwhile, but rarely do I have to. To pay any amount just to audition does not sound worthwhile.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  8. rodv66

    rodv66 Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2016
    I think the only reason I'm even doing this is because I learned these songs, so might as well. None of this was mentioned when they set up my audition and I don't like rushing on an off. Rather have time to ask questions and try and get a feel about them. I have another band, so if this doesn't work, no loss
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  9. If I can "audition" twenty people a week and charge each one five bucks....hmm...

    Sorry, I've got to log off now so I can place some talent wanted ads on CL.
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  10. skwee


    Apr 2, 2010
    so tacky to ask the auditionees to pay a band's business expense up front. There's a new music collective in town that requires composers to pay 5 bucks per score submission to be considered on the concert season. Not even considering it. Pay an ensemble to do programming research. No way, Bubba Jay.
  11. rodv66

    rodv66 Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2016
    That is brilliant...
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  12. theduke1

    theduke1 Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2010
    Sussex WI
    What Cliff said
    In spades!
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  13. I've heard of pay to play but this is ridiculous!

    Tell them you were going to charge gas money but as a goodwill gesture you'll call it even. ;)

    But seriously, I wouldn't bother with these clowns. However, if you do go let us know how it went.
  14. rodv66

    rodv66 Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2016
    Figuring it's like buying a five buck lottery ticket. Ironically, as a former Vegas casino, lottery has the lowest odds of winning out of any form of gambling.
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  15. Hotblack

    Hotblack Pay the cost to be the boss. Supporting Member

    May 20, 2002
    Provided content for Genzler Amplification
    Red flag.
  16. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    No this is a brown flag.
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  17. mikeyjm2

    mikeyjm2 Keepin' it simple.

    Dec 31, 2014
    Houston, TX
    I've only been to a couple auditions at rehearsal spaces, but neither asked me for any $. Sounds pretty weird / tacky / whatever you wanna call it but I guess I've spent more than $5 on worse things. Count me curious too about how this goes...
  18. rodv66

    rodv66 Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2016
    The guy also made a color coded spread sheet for the people auditioning, location, availability and what order we are auditioning in.
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  19. pholli00


    Nov 3, 2012
    Austin, Texas
    Yeah, but 5 bucks is only for the audition. Imagine how much you'll have to pay if they start gigging.
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  20. mikeyjm2

    mikeyjm2 Keepin' it simple.

    Dec 31, 2014
    Houston, TX
    Anyone who's ever said that musicians are generally flakes was completely correct. :D
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