Traveling to a foreign country for an event

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Jason Cathcart

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I know some of you guys have traveled to foreign countries for clients in the past. How did you work out the travel? I'm talking to a potential client about a gig in sunny Cuba for the end of March. In 17 years this is the first time someone has asked me to go further than I can drive in a day.
 

jodi

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Cuba sounds wonderful! I'm pretty sure no U.S. DJs have had THAT particular opportunity :)

You'll figure it out, I'm sure.
Enjoy, make it worth your time, and help them have a great celebration!
 

DJSTEVEZ

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So you're going to get Fidel to go Gangam Style? "Heeeeeeeeeeey Sexy FEE-DEL"

You better get me some Cohibas whiel you're down there, lol.

MUCHO GUSTO SENOR CATHCART!

You know Louie is burning green with envy, right? Love ya Lou!
 

UNDJ

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I got an inquiry a few years back to do an event that was 3 states away. It would've been an 8-hour drive each way but instead I decided I would fly there and rent a van and all the gear in the city the event was in, figuring this would save me time. So I got estimates on airfare, hotel, and the gear rental, plus added in my normal rate plus a few hundred for taking a couple days of my time to devote to it and just the extra "stuff" involved.


The prospect politely turned me down and that was fine. But that's how I would figure it all out if I were in your shoes. Like others have said, you gotta make it worth your while.
 

bill_smith

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First, I'm not entirely sure that travel to Cuba is allowed.

http://gocaribbean.about.com/b/2009/01/14/will-obama-open-up-cuba-for-tourists.htm


I think I would clarify that with your client. travel and getting stuck in a country we have diplomatic relations can be a biatch, I cannot imagine what that would be like in a communist country that is hostile to Americans.

I can think of a lot of issues....passort, visa, access and available gear for a gig.
 

jodi

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First, I'm not entirely sure that travel to Cuba is allowed.
Well - Jason is not from the United States of America, (right?) so I was guessing (below's quote) that it must be an OPTION for him to even consider?
Cuba sounds wonderful! I'm pretty sure no U.S. DJs have had THAT particular opportunity
I got an inquiry a few years back to do an event that was 3 states away. [deleted stuff] Like others have said, you gotta make it worth your while.
A few years back, I did a gig in Chicago. From Central Ohio, that's about 6 hours each way. It was very flattering, but I still charged what I thought was enough to "make it worth my time" including expenses. Well ... it ended up not being enough. Seriously, I was gone for basically two days and exhausted. Now, when we're asked to go more than about 1 - 1/2 ... I happily refer other DJs :)
 

Scott Hanna

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Well - Jason is not from the United States of America, (right?) so I was guessing (below's quote) that it must be an OPTION for him to even consider?




A few years back, I did a gig in Chicago. From Central Ohio, that's about 6 hours each way. It was very flattering, but I still charged what I thought was enough to "make it worth my time" including expenses. Well ... it ended up not being enough. Seriously, I was gone for basically two days and exhausted. Now, when we're asked to go more than about 1 - 1/2 ... I happily refer other DJs :)
That's funny. I made the same mistake. Just from Northeast Ohio to Chicago.
 

Jason Cathcart

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First, I'm not entirely sure that travel to Cuba is allowed.

http://gocaribbean.about.com/b/2009/01/14/will-obama-open-up-cuba-for-tourists.htm


I think I would clarify that with your client. travel and getting stuck in a country we have diplomatic relations can be a biatch, I cannot imagine what that would be like in a communist country that is hostile to Americans.

I can think of a lot of issues....passort, visa, access and available gear for a gig.
Luckily Cuba loves Canadians ;) They advertise Cuban vacations on local TV here.

We'll see how it pans out - if it even does pan out. Lawd knows I could use a vacation ;). If it could be paid for with one night of work, that'd totally be worth it.

I have a buddy who travels as a DJ all the time, but he's pushing his own production and the record label sets all that up. Opportunities to travel and play for guys like me are rare.
 

bill_smith

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I had quite forgotten that you live north of the US. I'm glad that Cuba has a normal relationship with Canada.

My slant was for your personal safety, which above all, is the most important thing.
 

MBM

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I would arrange to use all rented gear, except for my laptop and music, would not risk shipping my gear there.
 

Bill_Goode

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As someone who has worked out of the country before (a month in Hyderabad, India), you may need to brush up on a few things:

- Is a Cuban VISA required to perform in their nation? If so, you will need to obtain that before going.
- Will you need shots? Most likely, just a tetanus booster will do.
- How prepared will you need to be? Most of the island is stuck in the 1950s and before, so you may need to plan on toiletries, sanitizer, and making sure you take along what you take for granted, as it may not be available as expected.
- Cell service: It is still very sketchy, it it exists at all. You may be tied to a network cable and spotty internet service. If you can connect to a cell tower, it may be a costly bill that will await your return.
- Medical needs: Just please do not have any!!

Entertaining in another country is a blast, but be prepared to be self-sufficient.

Goode luck!! :)~
 

DJSTEVEZ

DJ Emeritus
I'm talking to a potential client about a gig in sunny Cuba for the end of March.
I don't want to tell ya what to do or anything :rolleyes:, but you may want to check out the "sound ordinance" laws down there. You don't want to be the lone gringo stuck in some Cuban prison for rocking the house at a half a db louder than what's legal, know what I'm saying? "Thee gringo ees un successful beezness man, he pay to make theese go away, si?" I'm pretty sure law enforcement down there in an entrepreneurial occupation. In fact, if it were me, I'd consult Cap for a contract that should anything happen to you down there (i.e. health issues, legal entanglements, etc.) it's all the client's financial responsibility. Si cabrone?

Overheard in one of Jason'd nightmares: "Hey Meeser DJ, tonight's your night behind the whole in dee wall".
 
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NickyB

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I've gone from central MD to Northwestern NJ for a gig and I too underpriced it when all expenses were taken into account. It was a lesson learned. I avoid Northern VA like the plague. Traffic there is horrible. I left home at 9:30 am one Saturday morning for a 1-6 pm gig in Reston,VA. I arrived at the facility at 12:35 pm which left me 25 min to get in, set up and change clothes. I kicked my pricing way up to perform there and haven't been back to Northern VA since.
 

Jason Cathcart

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Well I haven't heard back from them, so I guess it's safe to assume that I'm not heading to Cuba.

Thanks for the chuckles though!
 
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