Does That Street Performer Really Need Your Money? A blog about misconceptions of street performers and their living situation.


A lot of people think that street performers should get a real job. I hate to break it to you, but this is their real job. They aren’t doing it for fun or attention; they are doing it because it’s how they make a living.

Some people think that street performers are only there for money and don’t care about the quality or uniqueness of their performance. While some street performers may be doing it for the money, most of them really care about the music and what they are doing. It can be hard to make an instrument sound good up close. If you listen from a distance, you’ll realize that they are actually pretty good!

Most people think that all street performers have a great life and plenty of money. In reality, many street performers struggle with homelessness, poverty, and drug addiction. I’ve noticed that people will often give more money to a performer who looks like he needs it more than one who looks relatively normal and put-together. This may be true in some cases, but not necessarily so! The best way to judge whether or not a performer needs your money is by the quality of their performance.

Think twice before walking past that street performer without giving him any money!

Most people have a misconception of what fringe street performers do with their money. This blog will try to debunk a few of the common misconceptions by explaining what fringe street performers are and how they make their money.

Fringe street performers are often seen as beggars. Although some may classify themselves in that way, most don’t. In fact, there is a very big difference between begging and busking. While begging is when you ask for money without giving anything back, busking is when you perform on the streets for donations. Some performers make enough to live off of, while others use it as a way to supplement the income they already have or save up for future plans.

Some fringe street performers are homeless and have no other source of income, however many do have another form of employment along with busking. Either way, busking can be used as a means of income or just something to do in their free time.

Most fringe street performers use busking as a way to travel around cities or even across countries making connections with other artists along the way. Some even go on to perform in actual theatres like Cirque Du Soleil!

The next time you see a performer on the streets consider dropping them a buck or two into their hat instead of giving

Street performers are a part of American culture. They have been around for centuries and can be found in every major city. These performers are usually seen as odd, strange, or even dangerous. There is also the expectation that if you enjoy the performance, you should pay them money. But what do these performers really need?

Usually we assume that street performers need our money in order to live. In truth, most do not. While it may be their only source of income, they are living off of donations and tips. They are not actually begging for money because they need it to survive. You see these people as starving musicians or artists just trying to get by, but that is most likely not the case.

In reality, street performing is a job. It is something people choose to do because they want an easy job that has flexible hours and a decent wage. If they were so poor and desperate, why would they choose this over something more secure like working at McDonalds?

I’ve been a street performer for the last five years, playing the flute and guitar on the streets of Manhattan. I’ve been lucky enough to make my living doing this full-time, with no other job or income stream. I’m also very grateful to have enjoyed a great deal of success at it: my music has taken me around the world and helped me meet some amazing people.

But one thing that has always struck me is how little people understand about the life of a street performer. So many people out there on the street assume that we are homeless, starving musicians; they believe they are helping us out by giving us money. But in fact most of us have homes and families, and we do this because it’s our passion and our love.

Now, don’t get me wrong: I’m not complaining about this misconception! It’s actually been one of my greatest sources of income over these past five years! I’ll take any donation I can get. But as someone who has lived this life for a very long time now, I wanted to take a moment to explain what being a street performer is really like today.

Over the years, I’ve noticed how many misconceptions people have about street performers. Most of these misconceptions tend to be that we are homeless or that this is our full time job. In reality, most of us have day jobs, and we are less likely to be homeless just because we perform on the street.

There are many different types of street performers, and the majority are either musicians or jugglers. Other types include acrobats, balloon artists, contortionists, dancers, magicians, mimes, painters, portrait artists and psychics. I myself am a juggler who has performed all over Los Angeles and beyond for the past ten years.

Most people think that if you make your living on the street you’re going to be homeless. This is false. The whole point of busking is to make extra money on the side of your primary income source. If you were homeless, you wouldn’t need to busk at all – you’d just go get food stamps or go panhandling (which is not the same as busking).

Most people also assume that this is my full time job since I’m always on the street performing three to four days a week. Truth is that I do have another job in addition to performing as a

The long and the short of it is that street performing is not a high-paying gig. I don’t mean to imply that it’s a bad thing; it’s just not a lucrative career option, even for talented performers. I think most people look at us as they would a business: they assume that we make a certain amount of money, and we must be doing okay, since we’re out there every day.

I have some personal knowledge of the financial side of this issue. I’ve been a street performer for the past six years, and while my personal situation has changed somewhat over the years, my general experience is that there are peaks and valleys in terms of income. Some days I make $200-$400, other days maybe $30.

The truth is that many of us rely on other forms of income to support our lives as street performers. Many performers have jobs on the side or receive income from other sources (such as playing with bands or producing other events). Street performing can be fun and lucrative, but it’s not something you can count on to pay rent or feed your kids (or your dog).

When I was four years old, my parents took me to New York City for the first time. My father carried me on his shoulders and as we walked down 47th Street, I looked up at the skyscrapers and felt overwhelmed.

As I gazed around in wonder, a man in heavy makeup and a green sequined costume approached us. He smiled down at me and asked if I wanted to touch his face. Intrigued, I reached up and touched his cheek. He had painted his skin green and glued thick clumps of red hair onto his chin, cheeks, forehead, and eyelids to give the illusion of a furry reptilian face. I giggled and pulled my hand away.

“Would you like to see that again?” he asked me. Before I could answer, he quickly lifted off his mask and put it back on within half a second. The sudden transformation sent me into fits of laughter and it’s one of my earliest memories of New York City (as well as one of my earliest magical experiences).

I continued visiting Times Square over the next several years when visiting my aunt who lived nearby in Chelsea. Unfortunately, over time the street performers changed from entertaining charlatans to poverty stricken panhandlers. Gone were the jesters juggling


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