Pay to Play: Financing Your Fringe Festival Tour (Part 1)!

I recently was lucky enough to be selected to participate in several upcoming fringe festivals with my solo show, The F Words.

51E016D0-3831-41F3-A737-4261A0764755For those of you interested in the possibilities of doing your own show, let me unpack the process for you.

A SPLASH OF CASH                                                                                                                          The first thing you need to know, is that every application will cost you money.

If you want to actually tour your show to multiple fringe festivals, then the first application you will want to do is for the CAFF (Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals). This is because, if you are selected for the CAFF then you get your pick of fringes and your tour is basically set as you will have an official festival venue in a minimum of five festivals. You can choose as many festivals as you can afford so in effect you could tour for months if you had the finances.

CAFF – $25             I wasn’t successful in the CAFF lottery draw so then I had to pay for each festival lottery draw separately.  I opted to start in WInnipeg and work my way home, so this is a list of the application fees I paid:

Regina – $25                                                                                                                          Winnipeg – $25                                                                                                                         Edmonton – $40                                                                                                                       Calgary – $35                                                                                                                       Vancouver – $50

I paid a total of $200 just to have the chance of being drawn in the lotteries.

Once the lotteries happen you have to pay the festival fees.

2018 FRINGE FESTIVAL FEES

Regina – $575                                                                                                                      Winnipeg – $750                                                                                                             Edmonton – $725                                                                                                                Calgary – $700                                                                                                                Vancouver – $750

pexels-photo-462368.jpegI did not get a spot in all the festivals, I won lottery spots for the Regina, Winnipeg and Vancouver fringes so my next outlay of cash was $2000 bringing my grand total to $2200 so far.  While you may initially pay these fees with your credit card, ideally you want to have the cash saved to pay this off because the interest will be considerable.

I contemplated filling in my “tour” by doing BYOV in Edmonton and Calgary but the fees for a BYOV are considerably more so my budget would not allow for it this year.  I did a BYOV in Vancouver in 2016 and it was very difficult to get people to the venue.  Once the lotteries are completed, you have to pay the registration fee to secure your spot in each festival, so even though I won’t be performing until the summer and fall of 2018, I had to pay all of these fees in December of 2017.

Doing a fringe festival show can be exciting and challenging at the same time.  Since I chose to write and perform a solo show, the financial burden falls to me.  Of course, if my show does well, I will also reap the benefits.

In my next blog post, I will tackle the actual production costs for a fringe festival show based on my 2016 tour.  Please subscribe if you would like to follow this series of posts.  Also, I’d love to hear your comments on this post and as always, thanks for reading!

-Yvette

 

 

 

 

 

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United Solo, Michael Moore & Me!?!

For 2018 I am contemplating entering my solo show, The F Words, into United Solo in New York City.  In fact the applications are now open and the early-bird deadline is tomorrow.  I know this because I just took a quick peak at the website to check.  I have checked several times already and I still haven’t committed to it by just signing up.

Today I see that Michael Moore won the United Solo Special Award

Here’s what United Solo had to say, “At the United Solo Gala held on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Theatre Row in New York many artists were recognized with awards for their achievements in the art of solo performance. On behalf of the United Solo Academy, Omar Sangare, the Artistic Director of the festival, presented the United Solo Special Award to Michael Moore for his show, “The Terms of My Surrender.”

During its ten-week run, the United Solo Festival offered 120 stage productions representing six continents. Nearly 60 shows sold out, and were presented several times due to popular demand. “

I feel overwhelmed and a little anxious when I think about the possibility of my show being in a theatre right after Michael Moore’s show and yet, I want to try.  Some little voice is niggling at me in the back of my mind, and I know who’s voice it is too.  It’s my Nana’s voice, in her thick Greek accent saying “Nothing from nothing… is nothing.” and I know exactly what she means.  If you have nothing and you do nothing you will still have nothing…. so today I will get my application in.  I hear you Nana and I will try.  

You can check out more about United Solo at http://www.unitedsolo.org and please cross your fingers for me that I get in and will have the opportunity to present my show at the  United Solo Festival held on Theatre Row on 42nd Street in New York in 2018!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for The F WORDS from the Edmonton Journal

REVIEW: SEPT 13, 2016
Despite the show’s title, The “F” Words is not a celebration of curse words and vulgarity. There IS cursing, but there’s more to it.

Yvette Dudley-Neuman takes us through the emotional roller-coaster of the life of Frannie, variously known as Funny Frannie and Fat Frannie by her friends and detractors, respectively. By now, you can see the alliteration that will weave through the play and give it its name.

In her early years, Frannie is inspired by her strong Greek grandmother, a woman who gives her hope. But like many of us, Frannie’s later years are fraught with fear and an overbearing sense of dread. She drifts away from her friends and becomes forlorn, a mess of confusing feelings and fatalism dragging her into depression.

Will Frannie throw in the towel and give in her to her Fattist (OK, I think that one’s made up) adversaries or will she put her fortitude on display and drag herself out of her funk?

Yes, some of the “F” words that come up include curses and vulgarity, and this may not be a show you will want to bring the kids along for. But you would be missing out on this incredibly alliterative journey if you skip it entirely.

As Frannie, Dudley-Neuman is the perfect mix of manic energy and depressed stupor. She embodies the highs and lows most of us feel as we grow older, the self doubt that creeps in turning from a slow simmer to a rolling boil.

The “F” Words does suffer from a few faults. The opening is a bit slow and the whole show could have cut about 10 minutes. But don’t let that stop you from checking this amazing emotional tour de force.

— Justin Bell – Edmonton Journal

The “F” Words

• 4 stars out of 5

• Stage 8 Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre

BREAK

Hello All,

If you have visited this page in the past few months, you may have noticed that I have not been posting. That is because I am taking a break… literally.

I broke my foot on August 17, while directing a photo shoot for a theatrical project I was working an and currently am in the healing phase or should I say phases. I broke the metatarsal bones and fractured the joint or knuckle that they work with. It’s called a Lisfranc Fracture for those of you who are medically inclined.

Anyway I probably won’t be back on my two feet until the new year. I thank all of you who have sent cards and emails etc and I miss teaching you as much as you are missing the classes.

Be well and I will post once I am ready to go!

Be well,

Yvette

On Camera Classes start February 6, 2013

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