nicksan wrote in post #5436266
If I am reasonably entertained, I wouldn't mind giving the "performer" some change or a dollar. However, I have a problem when they become pushy with the donations. They are in a public place "performing". It would be different if they were in some venue, having to pay to "perform" at that venue. But then, you would pay before entering also so...
I don't have a problem with it as long as they don't pressure you for the donation.
The thing about NYC is, yes there are tons of "struggling musicians" out there. In fact, there are no less than 3 where I get on the subway to go home. Really annoying too. Playing the same crap every friggin day burning my ears. same tune. Same pet phrases/licks. Zzzzzzz....I usually put on my iPod and call it a commute. Street performer or not, you've got to earn it. If you suck, then you ain't getting jack from me. And a lot of the performers in NYC perform on the street for a reason...b/c they suck. Sorry...that's the truth!
I hear ya Nick. Some performers, you can tell why they are on the streets by their talent, though I have seen some who are really talented, including this duo, nuttin but stringz who were discovered when they were young subway performers. I have also seen performers who have 'assistants' who work the crowd by holding out a cap for donations to be put in. These I am largely put off and I make it a point not to look at the performance, and tuning them out with an iPod is the way to go.
The point of this thread though is, you see a performer, you find it interesting enough to deem the scene worthy of a picture, do you not put give up some coin? I certainly do, unprodded.