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Acting professional is something that even eludes professionals sometimes. The importance of etiquette cannot be overlooked, especially at the underground level. It could mean the difference between playing the same old bars and clubs for pennies, or expanding your audience through new venues and avenues. It could mean the difference between winning that battle or just placing. It could mean that manager or label would just as soon not deal with you for fear of cost, or reputation damage.
Most times, even if you are booked through an agent or promoter, if a venue likes you AND your music they will request you back specifically. Even if you didn’t bring a huge audience with you, a venue that invites you back is an opportunity to continuously work and get exposure.
People that are easy to work with will reap the best benefits from owners, managers, venues, sound guys, promoters, and even other bands. To put it simply, there is a time to act like a rock star... the stage.
Showing up late, raising or changing your stage sound after sound check, tempting to re-negotiate riders at the show, or not asking permission to put down fliers (especially for another venue) are some of the things that can put you on a no-hire list.
As a side note to these, not watching the other bands or leaving after your set is something that as a promoter myself will take into consideration when it's time to have a big show.
So remember, if you are playing in a band some where (even for free) how you act will reflect on your other band mates and your group as a reliable entertainment business.

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