The Barter System
by Victoria Vox
Once I got a call about performing at a winery for a local event. During the booking they mentioned that they couldn’t pay me monetarily, but they could pay me in wine. I love wine, so I think, “OK, I’ll be getting at least a case”. It was a three-hour long event, and at the end, they asked me if I’d like to pick out a bottle. One bottle. I was insulted and disappointed. I exercised keeping my mouth shut and agreed to book paying performances in the future (as they wanted me back). I was fuming inside. I did go back for the paying shows, but I never forgot it. Bartering can be a great way to give and receive services, however it might be a good idea to communicate what your service is worth and ask for an exchange based on value.