Doing a bit of busking (or ‘street art’ if you’re feeling pretentious) can be a good way of earning a few pennies while at uni. If you’re looking to get some extra spends for more luxury food and are considering busking here are a few tips:
- Have a talent: everyone hates a rubbish street performer. Before you go out decide what your act is and practise it. If you’re going to play guitar and sing make sure you learn a few songs so you don’t have to keep repeating the same one!
- Research the area: you really need to know a thing or two about the area you intend to occupy with your busking. For one thing you want to make sure it’s safe as I’m sure you don’t want to be attacked or have your earnings nicked! Something else you need to consider is that a lot of councils require you to have a busking license that you have to apply for. No license no busking!
- Don’t beg: believe it or not there are some rules to busking, which exist to separate it from begging. Namely you’re not permitted to ASK for money as this is soliciting for cash/begging. As a busker you simply have to rely on your raw talent and peoples good will.
- Pick your time: rainy or cold winter days do not do much for the public’s mood or generosity. There are generally less people about and you will probably find you earn less in these situations. The exception to this being the Christmas period when you can cash in on the busy shopping streets!
- Mix it up: People will only throw you cash every once in a while and if they gave you some last week, you may not get any this week. As people are creatures of habit, you will often see the same locals in town each time you busk, which can be beneficial as they get to know you, but you may find that after a while your earnings dwindle in one place and you’ll need to go somewhere else to get a fresh audience. When thinking of where to go remember: Tourism is a buskers best friend!