NACA and the College Circuit
several years in the early nineties, I did college shows in the
To really do the college circuit, one has
to embrace NACA, an organization that provides colleges access to
entertainers, bands, and public speakers. Smaller schools seem to
benefit the most, as the major universities tend to book household
names. Still, there is a great deal of untapped talent out there,
so it's a win-win scenario when student run organizations, who are
trying to book events for their schools, and the unknown performers,
who are trying to be discovered, get together.
NACA hosts big conventions where school representatives
come, agents set up booths, and performers showcase. I was fortunate
enough to have a good agent sponsor me for three regional and one
national showcases. The competition to get the cherished showcase
spots is fierce, and there is a great deal of politics involved,
so claiming a regional spot, let alone a national one, is tough,
and there's a bit of pressure. (Especially if your agent is hosting
all of the expenses. Thanks Rick!)
NACA showcases are a great opportunity to network and see what everyone
else is doing. The school reps can browse around, and check out
the various acts, but it also provides the performers an opportunity
to see what is being shown out there. I met a few other jugglers,
some great musicians and a bunch of other agents.
Whenever I would book a college show, the
agent that represented me would add to the performance contract
that the client (the school) would have to provide two XL sweat
shirts for each performance. I got one, Rick the other. It was neat
to have a collection of shirts from all of the schools that we played!
Closet space is limited, so that idea does have it's drawbacks...