by Cameryn Moore
I read with some interest TJ’s piece last week about the death of Fringe touring, but I wasn’t particularly disturbed. Yes, of course, the Fringe touring market is getting oversaturated. That is old news.
And complaining about how crowded the Fringe tour has become is like driving and complaining about traffic. We are part of the problem. We have benefited from it, we cross our fingers and hope we will benefit from it again. Certainly we have bought into a problematic situation, completely and thoroughly. We gamble a lot of time and energy and money every year on the increasingly smaller chance that we will be one of the lucky few. When something that good starts to get known, when the possibility of touring for the summer, making decent money if your show is good, when that secret gets out, then yeah, statistically individuals are fucked.
At the very least your field, the one you thought was yours, is more crowded. The lottery odds get worse, you can’t make the same claims about how unique your project is anymore. Maybe the newcomer’s similar event or book or dance party or poetry reading will take off as well as yours did. Maybe better, for reasons you will never know.
But still I struggle with how to feel and how to move forward. I’m still working different avenues for the Smut Slam and the Sidewalk Smut concepts, hell, for all the other sexyfuntime events I want to do. I can’t always be sure how I stumbled across these ideas, and only time will tell how those get picked up and pushed on from the creative ether. I have no control over that. I just gotta keep on my own grind. And regarding the anticipated death of Fringe touring, well… I did follow TJ’s Facebook thread that spun off in response to his article. Some interesting ideas got pitched, about increasing the number of lottery slots for national and international companies, and so on. Maybe. I’d benefit from such changes, but even assuming everyone agrees that there is a problem, change happens slowly. I can’t wait.