Anonymous asked: I had a dream you gave me a job as a merchie.
Dad…! i told you NO you have to stay home with MOM!!!
Dad…! i told you NO you have to stay home with MOM!!!
It’s sad that we live in a society that when an actor, a human, a father, a son passes away people take time not to send their condolences but to use this time of pain to make a joke on someone else’s lost.
Then please extend an invitation to any of the hundreds of bands and crew people that are traveling the USA away from their families on thanksgiving!
Leave MERCH to watch a band??!!! Unless that band is Foo Fighters, Gas Light anthem or Peal Jam. Even then I wouldn’t leave a note or leave merch alone in hopes no one would steal. To me most people are shitty. Specially many that call themselves Fans. You have no clue how many so called “Fans” I have caught trying to steal.
I would probably ask a fellow merch person to watch the merch for me but not because I wanted to watch some band but because I was about to shit my pants! (I made a rhyme)
Remember you are there to do a job it’s not vacation.
Depends on how many people there are on the tour. Most don’t really have that many pots or pans because there is catering.
*Does moonwalk until out of pic sight*
—Me (work harder for your friends)
Hi there, hope all is well. Regarding a merch union I would say that is almost impossible. That meant the job would be regulated and protect the merch person more than the band. You see it’s up to bands to hire their merch person or up to a merch company. I think that every merch person has a different rate because they have different knowledge. They work in different types of band circuit even different size bands.
Unions in my humble opinion were made long time ago to protect workers from injustice and shitty wages. Yet many unions (I won’t name any) have created lazy people at venues that are just getting overpaid and not doing a good job. You see I believe people work better when they are not so sure about job security (I know I’m a little sadist)
We as merch/crew people in general can’t think like that. We have to give our best for what we get paid. There will always be that dude/girl that will work for low pay just to be out on tour. Honestly you can’t blame start up bands for hiring friends for close to no money because they can’t afford a more knowledgeable merch person. I was that friend and many of us got started that way. I think we would have better chances if we had an unspoken rule. Example not long ago I sent my resume to do a tour for a band. A good friends of mine had also applied I without hesitation said “Oh I just got a gig I can’t do this one but thank you” my buddy got the gig. I never told my buddy what I did. He found out mid tour because he needed vendors and he said to his tour manager “let me call themerchdude” (he use my real name not themerchdude) and his Tour manager said “oh he was up for this tour but then got another gig” My buddy knew I didn’t have a gig so he called me and asked if I dropped the tour because he had apply. He didn’t say anything else but I know that deep inside he respected me for dropping off the gig. I can assure you that when he hears about a gig I will be the first person he calls.
So a merch union would never work. An unspoken rule about not undercutting won’t work with strangers but will work with friends.
Scared? Well grow some balls!!!’ Selling MERCH is very simple. First start by making a good spread sheet. Every item goes by size. Have a starting inventory (again by size) that’s call in count. Then sell shirts. If you have gone to a show before you will notice that the merch people use a box and drape shirts over every side of it. Each side is a different size. At the end do another count (count out) your spread sheet should be able to subtract what you sold and BOOM there you go you sold your first show. Now the secret is to have a good spread sheet. Don’t ask me how to make a good one! That my friend you should google it. You ask yourself why am I asking you to google it? Because that will show that you’re really interested in doing merch and not just going to party.
Peace and good luck!
Trixie Whitley - Need your love
That doesn’t bother me. You know what bothers me? *Takes deep breath* Politicians, Racist, The N word, The C word, The F word, Homophobia, bullies, assholes, thieves, Illegal downloads, Lip-syncing, The celebration of mediocrity, grammar Nazis, telemarketers, bands with shitty attitudes, people with shitty attitude, people in general, stupid questions, Westboro baptist church, beanies in the summer time, Crocs, The real housewives of orange county/atlanta/jersey/new york/beverly hills, sexist, the word sexist, class division, TSA agents, animal cruelty, domestic violence, pedophiles, rapist, terrorist, flight delays, losing my bags, people that use the bathroom and dont wash their fucking hands, when they put a slice of lemon in my diet coke without asking me, Fast food, slow service, taxis, bad breath, close talkers, people that wear fur and liars. *breathes again*
Good age? Depends how mature or inmature the person is.
Same way a dude will. (Just kidding) This is a question that I get very often. Actually at least ones a day. “How do I get into touring?” Yet no one has ever asked “Do I have the personality to be on tour.
So let me ask you these questions:
1) You enjoy privacy?
2) Do you hate boys being boys?
3) Do you love daily baths or showers?
4) Do you hate farts?
If you answered “Yes” to questions 1, 2 and 4 you may want to find something else. Oh if you answered either on number 3 Hahahahahha.
Well let’s say you passed that little joke test. What is the real reason you want to tour? Are you outgoing? Do you love hard work? Well if you love hard work and are outgoing I recommend you go to your local venue an try to get an internship. Stick around there doing and learning the gigs. Then wait and ask bands that come by this venue “if the need any help on the road”. Oh an even doing all that, you will still have slim chances of going on tour. You ask yourself why? Well because you don’t chose touring, touring chooses you.