some places need a permit. I was a "professional busker" for a year. every single weekday, I was in Melbourne, busking. having some form of amplification helps, as in the city trams and everything easily overpower you. take your time to find what locations work for you, and at what times. don't be afraid to play the 'quiet' areas, as you can still make quite alot of cash.
mix it up. play different styles.
tell the drunks and the homeless to **** off. if you get told by police to move, move. (in Melbourne the busking scene is actually quite large, so the city council actually employs a few staff whose sole job is to make sure buskers are complying with their permit, such as volumes, or amplification past certain times)
don't set up within audible distance of another musician, and if setting up near a street artist, ask them if they don't mind.
also, get used to finding lots of foreign currency in your guitar case/hat. people are arseholes.
sell CDs. you make a shit load of money. (if you're good that is)
play different songs. the regulars who pass through the area you play every morning at 11am get used to your songs and stop throwing money.
we were about 3 weeks in. it was about 2030, on a weekend, so for recruit training, we were pretty relaxed. I had some personal questions to ask the duty corporal so I just sorta stepped out into the barracks hallway. I finished asking my questions, and I was told "1, you're not up against the wall, 2, you're not standing at attention, and 3, you have a general weirdness about you"
the rest of my platoon burst out laughing. I copped a bit of flak for it, but I suppose it could of been worse, we could of had to do a ton of re-training...
for those who don't know, the re-training at basic (good old kapooka, bless your soul) is usually stupid **** around stuff they get you doing in stupid timeframes or you get worse punishments, so like getting into PT gear in 30 seconds flat, and when you don't, then changed into ceremonial dress so they all get creased in 2 minutes 30 seconds. mainly because they aren't allowed to hit recruits any more.....
TL;DR - joined the army, said stupid shit, got laughed at.
im off to the Royal Australian Army in 3 weeks. im going into RAEME (royal australian mechanical and electric engineers) corp. im entering as a vehicle mechanic, looking forward to it!! once ive finished basic I gotta get a guitar.
I graduated from high school a couple months ago and was planning on getting a (probably minimum wage) job in order to earn enough money for schooling in the future. I want to pay my own way (by working for a year or two) simply because I don't believe in getting into debt and my mother already has other kids' schooling to pay for.
The problem is, I've applied at over 50 places (not an exaggeration) and even put an ad out on craigslist and haven't gotten a single call back. Nothing. After tens of hours filling out applications and answering the same tedious questions over and over again, I get no response? From anybody? Feels bad man.
So now I have no idea what to do. I can't even think of anymore places to apply. What do, pit?
Inb4 sell meth, prostitution, etc.
good luck. we came within 5 hours of the bank taking our house because dad couldnt get a job. he's done management, labour, the whole shit show. he applied for OVER 800. im still looking. join the military.
try these few, may not be to everyones tastes though.
maylene and the sons of disaster "Step up (im on it)" is a good track, like george thorogood but heavier.
Clutch ZZ top (ok, older, but they just released an album called 'la fatura' and it has some great tracks on it) the living end lynryd skynyrd (once again, older, but their latest two albums are pretty awesome (gods and guns) and (last of a dyin' breed), also the track "floyd" features John 5 on guitar)