Recession Job Title #1: Street Performer

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Average Street Performer Salaries in Brookline, MA

Street Performer



With an average salary of $55,000, you may decide to pursue a career as a street performer while collecting your unemployment. Do you have an act you can perfect? This is also a great way to break into some industries such as the music industry, and donators love street musicians.


Robert Gruenberg makes money juggling chainsaws in Venice. You can sing, dance, do magic tricks, play a musical instrument, tell jokes, juggle, or mime. Buskers, a.k.a. street performers can also make money doing acrobats, animal tricks, balloon modelling, clown tricks, comedy, fire-eating, dancing, comedy, fortune telling, sword swallowing, and the list goes on and on. Another added benefit to being a street performer is that you can set your own hours and be part-time or full-time. 

Find a good location for your act. Venice is popular. Any location where tourists gather is usually a good idea. Try to steer clear of cops if you don't have the needed permits, and check with business owners or managers if you are performing in front of their venue. Remember to station yourself near the necessary conveniences such as a bathroom, restaurant, or whatever else you may need. 

Make sure you perform at the best time of day for your specific talent and the location you are in, and dress appropriately. Try not to look like you live on the street, but that you are a performer. Creative dress may also make you some extra money. Just have fun and enjoy showcasing your talent to the public.

Put out a tip jar of some kind to collect donations. Some people use open guitar cases, hats, or dog food dishes. Some street shows actually feature bottlers that collect the money themselves.

There are three basic types of busking:
  1. Cafe Busking - usually used by fashion shows, musicians, etc. and occurs in restaurants.
  2. Walk By Acts - usually used by musicians.
  3. Circle Shows - usually used by sword swallowers, etc. 
Famous Street Performers:
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Paul McCartney
  • Jewel
  • Joshua Bell 
  • Peter Mulvey
  • Bon Jovi



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