So on the rare occasion that I actual get to sit at home and enjoy a night of absolutely nothing, the phone rings.
"Hey Mike, Frankie here."
"Oh hey man, how's it going?"
"Pretty good man. How's things?"
"Good. I'm guessing you got my contract?"
"Yea.... I got it and gave it to my manager."
"He didn't go for it huh?"
"Yea... not so much. He said that he thought your price was a little high so I thought I'd give you a call and see what we could do."
"I tell ya what Frankie. Tell your manager to come up with what he wants me to do and what he wants to pay me and I'll come up with a counter offer. That's the best I can do. I'm already cheaper than any professional guys he could hire."
"Well yea, he said that but he said the label just wouldn't go for that type of expense."
"Well, send me his offer and we go from there. Easy enough."
"Ok man, I'll talk to him and see."
"Alright Frankie. I'll talk to you soon."
As much as I would like to go out on the road with a band I'm not doing it out of faith. I'm doing it so I can go out on the road and make money, just like everyone else that does the type of job they do. As much as I'd like to go out and do what ever I want to do without consequence, I can't. I have bills to worry about just like everyone else.
There are advantages to knowing guys who actually go out on tours and do this type of work. I know what they charge and what duties they have. I know when I'm low balling my fees and in turn I know when the label wants to think I'm a novice. This also gives me a good idea whether the label thinks the band is actually worth sinking the money into them.
All in all. It doesn't really matter to me if I get the job or not. It'd be nice to get away and go on the road. I'd end up with a lot more stories to tell and it'd probably be a really good time. I'm not going to lose money or sleep over it though.
I just didn't have the heart to tell Frankie that his label isn't going to pay for a "bodyguard" no matter how cheap I became. So I'll wait til the offer comes and refuse it. Then he'll forget about it and everything runs smooth. No need to put reality in his face when he's riding his 15 minutes of fame.