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