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Be a Professional Busker

Contrary to popular opinion, a busker can make a decent second income if you've got the talent and an outgoing personality.

Busking is street entertainment, so remember you have to actually entertain people. To be a professional busker learn popular songs and involve your audience, getting them to sing along and join in.

Try incorporating a gimmick into your act to encourage participation - perhaps a short song about the town or resort, that everyone can join in with.

It's possible to make a good living out of busking in the summer if you can find an area populated by tourists and/or young people and do a regular performance. After a few days you'll begin to build a regular following.

You could ask a friend to circulate among the gathered throng accepting donations while you entertain.

It is a good idea to contact your local council and enquire about a busking licence. In some popular areas a licence must be purchased in order to perform. Some even hold auditions!