11 Reasons to Try Street Performing


Street Performing is one of the most rewarding jobs that I have ever had. It’s also one of the most lucrative and challenging.

Street performance also known as busking, is a form of live entertainment on street corners, in public parks or inside subway stations.

While living in San Francisco for the past 4 years, I have performed all over the city and even out of state. In today’s post I’ll share with you 11 reasons to try street performing!

1. Learn How to Juggle

2. Learn How to Spin Fire

3. Entertain People

4. Make Money While Traveling

5. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

6. Build Confidence in Yourself and Your Talents

7. You’re Your Own Boss

8. Flexible Hours – Work When You Want!

9. Earn $50/hr In a Seasonal Job (Summer)

10. Meet New People From All Over the World!

11. Become a Professional Street Performer

1. Street Performing is a great way to meet new people, network and make friends.

2. In most cases you can play when you want and as much as you want. I think this is a huge benefit. I know it’s not the case in every city but here in San Francisco we have this freedom and I love it.

3. No boss to answer to! You are your own boss and thus you simply need to answer to yourself. If that’s not a great reason to do street performing then I don’t know what is 🙂

4. It’s a great way to get out of your comfort zone and try something new. I think this is always important in life and even though it can be tough at times, we should always seek out new experiences.

5. Street Performing helps you develop social skills, especially if you are an introvert like me! 🙂

6. It’s a great way to earn extra cash on the side and make money if that’s what your after… or if you’re a full time performer then it’s an obvious reason why you would perform on the street.

7. You can travel the world while performing on the streets and getting paid for it! This isn’t easy but with enough dedication

1. Street performing is a viable way to make money that requires little to no startup capital, and very little overhead.

2. Street performing is a great way to build confidence, especially when you’re just starting out in your career.

3. Street performing is a great networking tool, I’ve met many other professional musicians through street performing who have helped me develop my skills as a musician and business person.

4. Street performing is the best way to get noticed by the public, if you are willing to put yourself out there and be willing to listen and take constructive criticism from those around you it can help you grow as an artist immensely.

5. Street performing is a great way to travel and see the world while making money doing what you love! I’ve been able to travel all over the United States playing music on the streets and at festivals with my friends and having a blast doing it!

6. Street performing can increase your awareness of local laws regarding street musicians, which can help protect you from being harassed by police while traveling in different cities/states while street performing.

7. Street performing is a great way to make new friends that share similar interests! I have made so many new friends that I likely would not have met otherwise through street performing

1. Street performing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and meet all types of people.

2. Street performing is an awesome way to have fun, and make money for bills and other expenses.

3. Street performing is a great way to gain more experience, making you a better performer.

4. Street performing gives you the opportunity to truly try out new material with a real audience, in real time!

5. Street performing makes you feel like a celebrity, as people are watching your show, and cheering you on!

6. Street performing is fun because it allows you to be creative, and entertain people in a fun and unique way.

7. Street performing helps you grow as a person by allowing you to become more outgoing as well as improve your social skills

8. Street performing is great because it makes you feel accomplished after every show!

9. Street performing allows you to travel anywhere in the world, while still being able to perform and make money at the same time! You can get paid while having fun doing what you love most!!

10. Street Performing allows you to be yourself, which is so important when trying to find the right niche for your act! There are so many different ways of entertaining people that

1. It’s fun! I still can’t get over how much fun it is to busk. Every time I go out, it feels like an adventure. If the weather is good and the crowd is into my act, it’s like a high that lasts for hours.

2. You don’t need much equipment. The only things you absolutely need are your voice, body, and mind. You also need something to attract people over to you—usually a guitar or other instrument, but sometimes juggling sticks or props of some kind will do the trick.

3. You can make money doing something you love. Some people will tell you street performing isn’t a good way to make money because they tried it and they didn’t have any luck with it. But if you truly love singing and entertaining people, then you are more likely to stick with it long enough to get good at it and earn some cash from your efforts.

4. Your overhead is low. The only thing you really need to spend money on is equipment (and clothes and shoes if you want to look nice). Other than that, there are no rentals or fees involved in busking—it’s just a matter of showing

1. It’s a great way to practice

2. You can build confidence

3. It helps you learn your audience

4. You can get over stage fright

5. You can see how people react to your work

6. It’s good for networking

7. You can have fun and make money, too!

8. You can put yourself out there as a performer, not just an artist

9. People will bring their friends to see you perform

10. This is an opportunity for anyone, regardless of their artistic background or experience level

11. There’s no commitment involved – just show up and perform when you want!

1. It’s Free

2. It’s Fun

3. You get to perform whenever you want

4. You get to create the show you want to do

5. You have a built in audience

6. You get paid by the people who enjoy your performance

7. It can be profitable

8. It’s great practice for other performances

9. It’s good for your ego and confidence

10. It gets you out of your comfort zone and helps you grow as a person and as an artist

11. You get to meet new people and make new friends


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