If you are wondering why, despite your outstanding performing skill and beautiful show, you don’t get the deluge of gigs you expect to book, perhaps it’s time to examine your work attitude.
Work attitude has gotten my notice after watching A.H.Teh and Jeremy Pei work backstage and onstage during the final rehearsal of Magic ‘To (The Next Level). They came to the theater on time, waited patiently for their turn onstage instead of demanding to be put ahead of the other performers.
As true professionals, they discussed their requirements courteously, with even a hint of hesitation. I had to prod them to give us their music and light cues. Boy, were they glad to know we could read their minds and anticipate their technical requirements.
A.H.Teh and Jeremy Pei didn’t ask for a special dressing room nor special food or drinks. They used the backstage facilities that other members of the cast were using. They assimilated quickly with the IMC members. They became one of us.
When it’s time for the performers to meet the theater-goers in the lobby and performed for them, A.H.Teh and Jeremy Pei were there also, showing off their own brands of magic with gusto.
Not hobbled with superstar complexes, these two brothers of magic from Singapore were a joy to work with.
Only you can answer the question. The applause and the accolades your received in the past have an awful way of going up to your head and swelling it.
You have to be aware of your work attitude. Be honest to yourself. Do you arrive at the performance venue with the air of a superstar, expecting people to kowtow to you? Or do arrive at the event with the mindset of a service provider to help make the event a smashing success?
Keep this in mind: unless you are God’s gift to magic, being difficult to work with will lessen your chances of getting repeat engagements from your agents or from your clients.