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Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Mr. Frank: Happy Halloween, Doll Face!

Lilly Faye: Hello, Frank. You look very handsome in your costume.

Mr. Frank: Thank you. I'm Count Frankula!

Alfie Cat: You look more like Abe Lincoln.

Lilly Faye: Your cape is very slimming.

Mr. Frank: I've been on a diet. I've lost 5 pounds.

Lilly Faye: Good for you, Frank. That's impressive.

Mr. Frank: You look gorgeous, Doll Face.

Lilly Faye: I'm Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans.

Mr. Frank: Do you want to go door-to-door, trick-or-treating for biscuits?

Lilly Faye: You're doing so well on your diet, Frank. Let's just stay here and hand out candy to the neighborhood kids.

Ceecee: Hey, Alfie. Come on over to my place. I've got a special treat for you!

Mr. Frank: I'd be careful if I were you, Alfie.

Count Frankula: The last fellow my sister "treated" hasn't been seen or heard from since!

Dear Readers,
I hope you have a marvelous Halloween! Be careful out there, you can't be sure who's hiding underneath that costume.

Lilly Faye

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Visit to the Pumpkin Patch

Dear Readers,
Halloween is almost here. I asked Frank to go pumpkin shopping with me for our second date. I didn't realize an evening in the pumpkin patch could be so romantic!

Now I just need to find the right costume!

Lilly Faye

Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday Morning Accounting

Lilly Faye: Cali, I wish you and Ceecee and Dizzie could have been at the Kitty Kat Klub this weekend to see us perform. Frank was amazing.

Cali: What was the room like?

Lilly Faye: We didn't actually go inside. Turns out, you have to be 21. We performed our act in front of the club, near the entrance.

Mr. Frank: Friday and Saturday must have been father-daughter nights. The men all had young women with them.

Lilly Faye: The customers seemed really nice, but I don't understand why they all felt the need to pat me on the head on their way in and out of the club.

Dizzie: Did you make any money?

Alfie Cat: We took in $301.76.

Mr. Frank: That's the most money I ever got for playing my tuba.

Lilly Faye: I think it was your hat, Frank. Your were smart to wear it.

Alfie Cat: Expenses include $150 for the concert posters, plus my $100 fee for arranging the gig and conducting other managerial duties. That leaves us with a total profit of $51.76, of which Frank gets 50%, according to our previously agreed upon terms. Here's your $25.88, Frank.

Mr. Frank: Ugh! I've made more than that in one afternoon of busking at Trader Joe's!

Cali: $150 sounds like a lot of money for a few posters. Maybe one of us should check your math, Alfie.

Alfie Cat: Color printing is expensive!

Lilly Faye: It was a lovely poster.

Alfie Cat: You're a fool if you expect to make any money in the arts, Frank.

Lilly Faye, you're a content creator. Have you made any money off this blog?

Lilly Faye: Not a cent.

Alfie Cat: That proves my point. Everywhere you look, artists are giving away their books, videos, music...just ask Bono.

And if you're not a success, you have only yourself to blame. Frank, did you promote your gig on Dogspace? Did you send out multiple woofs in the days leading up to the big event? Did you continuously live-woof throughout your concert?

Mr. Frank: No. I'm a musician, not a public relations person.

Alfie Cat: If you're not willing to work your tail off producing excellent material, spend most of your time promoting your own stuff all over the Internet, and give it away for free, maybe you aren't cut out for a career in the arts.

Mr. Frank: But I love performing for people.

Lilly Faye: There is something deeply wrong with this system.

Dear Readers,
The arts are the expression and soul of a culture. Artists deserve your support.

Lilly Faye

Friday, October 24, 2014

Mr. Frank's Big Break

Dear Readers,

Looks like Alfie Cat is true to his word, and this thing is really going to happen. Frank has asked me to join him. Wish us luck!

Lilly Faye

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

With a Little Help From Your Friends

Mr. Frank: Hello, Doll Face. I'm back from a long afternoon of busking, with only $27.63 in my pocket. At this rate, I'll never be able to open my own restaurant.

Lilly Faye: Someone tipped you sixty-three cents?

Mr. Frank: No, I found the change in the Trader Joe's parking lot.

Lilly Faye: Have you considered getting your own food truck instead of opening a restaurant, Frank? Food trucks are very popular right now.

Mr. Frank: You've got to be kidding. Can you picture me in a truck? No way! I'm strictly a white tablecloth, fine dining establishment type of chef.

Lilly Faye: Let's call my blog staff. Maybe if we all put our heads together, we can come up with some new ideas to help you bring in more money.

Thirty minutes later...

Dizzie: Have you tried playing weddings? Couples spend thousands of dollars on their weddings.

Mr. Frank: Brides tell me tuba solos are hard to dance to.

Lilly Faye: How about wearing a hat? The singers who wear cool hats on The Voice always seem to get picked. Even Pharrell is wearing a hat to judge this season. I'll bet it helps him think better.

Dizzie: Or maybe his head gets cold.

Alfie Cat: You're all thinking like a bunch of amateurs. Alfie Cat has connections. Forget busking in grocery store parking lots, Frank. I can arrange for you to perform at a real club. 

I'll have some posters printed and placed around town. All you have to do is sign a stack of paperwork naming me as your business manager in perpetuity, and pay me a small fee for photography, printing, and of course, my time. In return, you get to keep 50% of any profits.

Mr. Frank: Thanks, Alfie. I'll take all the help I can get.

To be continued...