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  • CRANKY CABARET 10/20/2017  11:15am

    Got offered to be in this gig. Experiences? Is it worth it? Do you actually make some money? Thanks!


    Please be honest in your responses, especially if you have experience performing with them!

    beltingbadass 10/20/2017  11:18am

    If you're new to the city it's a fun way to perform. But it's not going to make you any money unless you get all of your friends to come see you... also the "open bar" for guests is really just wine in plastic cups

    One Percent Better Each Day 10/20/2017  11:29am

    It's a lot of fun and a good way just perform. The people who run it are absolutely insane(sometimes in a good way and sometimes not) and I wouldn't say it's the most organized function of all time. But you don't make money and the open bar is just super cheap wine and beer and "Angria" which is sangria. I wouldn't do it again but I am glad I did it!

    CFrizze 10/20/2017  3:00pm

    Exactly what these people said but also, more importantly, great if you need recent video footage! That's honestly the only reason I did it if I'm being "reel" ;)

    chairylupone 10/20/2017  3:07pm

    I did it for the Reel and ended up with HORRIBLE footage. Lighting and sound was terrible. But it was fun to put songs on their feet in front of an audience.

    M808 10/20/2017  6:18pm

    -I would not do this unless you are 100% sure you can get a whole bunch of people to come, otherwise you will have to pay the difference and pay for your footage.
    -The people who run it are incredibly unorganized and scatter brained.
    -I got very lucky to have some incredible people in my cast who were so nice and encouraging.
    -If you are new to the city, this is a great jump start to the cabaret world and meeting new people.

    #unbookedandblessed 10/20/2017  10:16pm

    The idea of it is fun! If you can get your friends to come, then go for it!
    They require a 5 person minimum to get your footage for free. They make you feel really guilty with constant texts and a CONSTANT STREAM OF IRRITATING EMAIL making sure you hit the minimum.
    The people who run it are kind but insane. Truly. It was so unorganised. They fought a lot and it made everyone feel very uncomfortable. They fought during the second performance causing a scene in the balcony during a performers number. VERY. UNPROFESSIONAL. Their relationship in general is uncomfortable and they are unable to separate the business part of it and their IRL relationship.
    This could’ve been a fantastic experience... I had fun but would NEVER EVER do it again.

    Jelliclecat33 10/23/2017  1:26pm

    They still owe my friend money from LAST YEAR so....

    FierceConversations 10/23/2017  5:32pm

    I did this a while ago so things might have changed.
    It's a nice way to get to perform and possibly get some footage.
    Other cabarets tend to have a minimum number of people you need to bring in, and if you don't bring them in you have to pay a fine. Cranky Cabaret does not charge you money if you don't bring people in. They ask you to bring in at least 5, and they will absolutely bother you about bringing in more, but they won't charge you if no one shows up for you
    When I did it, the only money you had to pay was a rehearsal fee for the accompanist (and I literally handed the money right to the accompanist, so I know all of it went to her). Also, if you don't bring in 5 people but want footage (reason a lot of people do it) then you have to give $20.
    When I did it, they literally took the cash they received from tickets that day and gave it to the performers who earned money (once you hit your 5 audience members, you got a few bucks for each additional person you brought in.) So if you think they owe you money, talk to them that night and you should get it. (Note: don't plan on making money from this. If you have a huge crowd supporting you then you might make some money to cover travel, but it's really not a "paid" thing. But on the plus side, you don't really have to pay to do it. Other cabarets I've seen can end up costing performers a lot).
    As others have said, they can be disorganized and dramatic, but if you chill with your cast mates then it can be a lot of fun. I think going in with low expectations makes it better.
    It's a low time commitment and a chance to perform / maybe get some footage. Don't do it cause you're looking for money/a resume booster, but do consider it if you're looking for a creative outlet and it fits into your schedule.

    Typical Chorus Girl 10/23/2017  6:12pm

    The money they owe my friend isn't related to performing in the cabaret, it was a freelance administrative job and I think they just had a verbal agreement. Anyway, I agree that you can benefit from the experience but be prepared for a lot of crazy.

    FierceConversations 10/23/2017  6:33pm

    Great networking and video footage!

    AMuniz 10/30/2017  10:52am