When you work in a bar long enough you tend to meet just about every person that comes in on a regular basis. In some way you know each person that comes in. Usually they're just clones of the people that came in 5 minutes before. Every one fits in their own little niche.
Then there's the person that comes up and starts talking to you and asking questions. Then asks questions that are a little more personal than you like. Then you realize, you know this person but you thought this person was a guy.
"Wait.. wait.. hold on, Frankie?"
"Yea man, who'd you think?"
"Honestly man, I thought you were a chic."
Frankie's mouth dropped open, "What?!"
"Man, look at you. Your hairs all done up, your skinny as shit and what's up with all this make up crap on your face?"
"Well, the record went well. The label's PR guy said that if we did a few changes with ourselves that we'd get better exposure and more sales."
"Yea but come on..."
"Hey Mike, I'm still me just with a different cover. You always said don't judge a book..."
"by it's cover. Yea, yea, that was me, not so much me anymore. The job doesn't really offer much for that anymore."
"Yea I guess. You ever thought of getting out of this?"
"It's crossed my mind a couple times."
"Well, we're going to be going out on a big tour soon. Ever thought about being security for a band?"
"It's been offered a couple times but no one wants to pay me what it's worth."
"I bet we could."
"Well, check it out and let me know. I'll figure out what I need and email you the contract."
"Contract? We don't need a contract, we won't screw ya."
"Frankie, in this business there's always a contract."
Voice from inside the bar, "Francis!! Come on, I got your drink."
"Alright Mike, I gotta go. Let me know what's up and I'll get back to you about it."
Contracts are a great thing to have when it comes to personal security. You lay down your price and the responsibilities and then go from there. Offer - Counteroffer and so on.
When it comes to traveling and going on tour I don't trust anyone. I get a contract that way I don't get left behind somewhere. I'm gonna watch my ass first and then yours after you decide you want me to.
I'm definitely not putting on make up and doing my hair in a special way for you though.