This is Seal in concert. The image was taken at his July 29, 2012 performance in Nashville, TN.
There were 851 tickets sold. The venue holds about 2500.
It didn't matter. He played his ass off.
That's one of the things that makes him a professional.
You'd think handing a similar situation like this would be obvious. But it's not...
I talk to acts all the time who think they do better in larger venues, with a large crowd. And I've seen acts insult the audience for not being more into the show.
"You need to make some noise and get into this!! You're as quiet as church mice out there!"
I get it that it's a disappointment when turnout for your gigs is light, but just to be clear, as the act on stage, you have two jobs regardless of the venue you're playing or how many people show up:
- Put on a good show.
- Give people something to get excited about.
If you can't do these things in a small venue, you'll never do them in a large one.
A ticket buyer doesn't care how many other people are there; he wants to see a good show. It's not his job to get you excited about making that happen.
If a small turnout can happen to Seal, with 20 years of radio hits behind him, it can happen to anybody. Share stories (good and bad) about your low-turnout gigs below...