Well, a lot has happened since I posted last. I feel like Neo in The Matrix where he gets an enormous download of every type of fighting skill/ martial art in a matter of moments. Except I haven't assimilated the information quite so fast. I'm collecting data as fast as I can, hoping to turn it into a strategy ASAP since my show opens on Monday. I met with a person from the Fringe media team yesterday who recommended not just mass flyering random strangers, but to find shows that have a similar theme to mine and then ask the company if I can "exit flyer" their audience as people leave their show. So I've asked 2 shows who I think have something in common with my show if I can do that. It seems like a good idea. Today I visited the venue where I'm performing and met a whole bunch of the staff. Everyone is really nice and more than helpful. I get a free pass to see all the shows at my theatre and several others nearby. I saw 4 shows today and met actors and directors at a happy hour just for our venue. I'm interviewing every person I meet who's been to the Fringe before to hear how they got people to attend their shows. A lot of people have been here before and have specific things that worked. One person said to make eye contact with whoever I want to give a flyer to. Another said to forget flyering and just tweet, tweet, tweet and post a lot on FaceBook. Another woman has had success passing out flyers an hour or 2 before her show and also offering free tickets. So I did my own flyering for a little bit - it's sort of like standing there asking to be rejected. However, if I'm talking to someone in line or at a bathroom sink, that seems to work really well. I'm getting better and better at my 30 second pitch! And I've been doing some guerrilla-style poster hanging. Like the backs of bathroom stalls! And mailboxes. No place is too low for me to put up my poster! Trash cans work just fine. My thinking is that I just need people to see my show image more than once. If they see it more than once, they'll recognize it slightly the second or third time and finally they'll make a mental note to check it out or at least go online and read some reviews. Which I don't have...yet. But that's coming. The theatre I'm in is pretty nice, with good lights and a big stage. I have my tech rehearsal tomorrow - someone suggested bringing food to the tech because they work really hard and I know my lighting and sound is not so simple. I have resources - so many people who have gone before me and are more than willing to share their knowledge. It's not so harrowing after all.
On a gastronomical note, I tried haggis for the first time, which I'd heard about from several people who know their Scottish dishes. Definition: a savoury pudding containing sheep's pluck - heart, liver, lungs - minced with onion, oatmeal, suet (fat), spices and salt, mixed with stock. It was actually pretty delicious. Although mine looked and tasted more like stuffing on Thanksgiving. And I was worried about finding gluten free food there, but I haven't had any issues with wheat. There are a lot of baked goods with wheat, but I also found oatcakes which are like a thick oatmeal cracker. They are have the consistency of a cookie, but are made just with ground oats and some oil.
Headed to bed now, thanks for reading!