“Savor obscurity while it lasts. Once you “make it,” your work is never the same.”
From “Ignore Everybody”-by Hugh MacLeod
When I asked a fellow fringe performer (one of the most talented on the fringe circuit) to suggest fringes I should apply to in Canada based on their money making potential she sent me her answer with a disclaimer that I not post it on my blog.
The reason? Well, she felt since the upswing in fringe application popularity and the fact that fringe lotteries are getting harder and harder to get into, why add fuel to the fire with making certain fringes even more popular with publishing it to my blog.
For instance, I have some friends that live in
I’m not sure. I got into
I think every performer seeks the fringe for their own reasons. For me, it usually involves visiting a city I’ve never been to before, being a part of an artistic community of solo-performers, and balancing that with my ability in that particular city to recoup some of my costs.
If I post on my blog that everyone should apply to the Capital Fringe because it’s my favorite fringe, does it lower my chances of getting in? Does it skewer the application process? Am I shooting myself in the foot?
It reminds me of the same thing the surfing community went through about 10 years ago as surfing grew in popularity and technology made it easier for more people to find waves, and surf in conditions that had at one time been prohibitive. Wet suits were better surfboards were cheaper and more accessible and more and more surfers were exploring the world and telling others about their findings. Should magazines publish secret spots? Would publishing the whereabouts of an undisclosed location make it over-run with crowds?
In a world where everything is now on a Google Map, I’m not sure what to think about this anymore.
What are your thoughts of the lottery system and how it’s been working for you?