Amanda Palmer, a musician who has been called the “DIY Queen”, and whose rise through the Indie music industry has inspired countless musicians has this to say about busking in her book “The Art of Asking”:
I highly recommend street performing over attending a conservatory to any musician, especially if they’re going into rock and roll: it wears your ego down to stubbly little nubs and give you performance balls of steel.
Street performers occupy performance spaces that don’t come with permission or validation from anyone. If you can navigate the fear, the vulnerability, and the self doubt that comes with putting yourself on display (in some cases more literally than others) then you’ll be rewarded with the magic of finding your audience – your people – in the midst of strangers. Through years of busking I’ve found that following 3 cardinal rules kept me not only performing longer, but making true connections and garnering more tips and income.