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From: Chris W. J.
Subject: cruise gig, nice article!
Date: April 30, 2012
Thanks for the article you wrote on cruise ship jobs. I have two comedian friends that do it and have suggested I get a gig as a pub entertainer singing solo with my guitar.
Do you know anything about this? Min contracts, pay, how many nights and sets etc? I've heard anywhere from $800-1200/week doing 4-5 45 min sets a night, 7 days a week for a minimum of 3-6 months.
I know my comedian buddies do better than that. I don't care about the money so much as some time off and less sets. 5 sets a night can destroy your voice.
Any advice or info would really help,and if you get a commission for referring me to anyone let me know.
Also, does pollen tend to be worse or better for allergies? I would think out at sea you don't get much.
Chris W J.
Yes, I am somewhat knowledgeable on this, however I am not a performer myself, so take it with a grain of salt as I answer as best I can.
NCL, for example, works with Pro Ship, or at least they did at one time. They still might, I don't know. If you look at there website they say they work with the top 10 Cruise Lines and even list them. I'm sure they still do. Pro Ships hire folks for entertainers, musicians and technicians. They are good. I knew a lot of people who used them.
For other cruise lines I suggest you go to the actual cruise lines website and look for the employment page. From there you can find the onboard job listings and it should have a section for the process on how they hire entertainers.
Contracts will be whatever you work out with the agent. I knew folks who did 3-5 months, straight working 5-7 days per week. Each night they had 3 sets that were 45 minutes each. That is what you work out with your ship or agent. Lounge acts have said to me about their voices getting tired, so they usually wouldn't go all out every night. And if they had a big enough repretoire they could even do more songs that din't require singing at all.
Have you also considered being a guitar player for the showband? Then you wouldn't sing at all. You would work a bit more and may have a roommate, but if you become the bandleader you get those perks sorted out. That is sdomething to consider.
If you are a proper guest entertainer you will work less and make even more money. That means that you do proper shows in the theater, not like the lounge act or showband. I do know of one lounge singer who did eventually build up material for a proper show and is now a full time theater performer with his own show.
As for pollen I don't know. That would be one of the weirder questions I have gotten. I suppose it would be worse during certain seasons, but it is no worse than anywhere else.
Sadly, no, I don't get a commission for referring anyone to ships, rather I provide this information for free to encourage others to work abroad and live a life that many talk about but never do. All I ask is that you tell your friends about this site on Facebook or Twitter and spread the word to anyone who might be looking for travel jobs to come to this website.
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