26 Nov My Tour or Long Term Program Is Over…Now What?
The hustle is real as an EXP. Applying for event after event, connecting with different account managers, and building a solid network is the key to maintaining consistent opportunities as an EXP. But how do you ensure you are lining up opportunity after opportunity and maintaining consistent income? In my latest video, I break down my tips for how to end your current program and obtain new opportunities.
Never Stop Applying
Just because you are on a current tour or program doesn’t mean you should stop seeking other opportunities. Tours and programs are oftentimes canceled at a moment’s notice or are modified with extensions or lesser duration. Your services may suddenly no longer be needed, which may result in you being out of work or losing out on another potential opportunity. Unless the dates of a current program conflict (and you have spoken with your account manager who ensured you that your current program will not be cut short or modified) you should continue to apply for potential opportunities. This will keep you in the loop and ensure you are able to line up your next tour or program once your current one ends.
Establish Open Lines of Communication
Whether or not you are happy with the team you are managing (onsite contacts or the account manager), setting expectations and establishing open lines of communication prior to beginning any tour or program is important. Doing so will allow everyone to be held accountable and have clear expectations for their roles and responsibilities. If you see something or are unhappy with anything, mention it.
Provide Proper Written Notice
Let’s face it, not every tour ends “happily ever after”. There are some which I’d like to forget or ones where I worked for agencies that I would never execute a program with in the future. If you are on a current tour facing issue after issue with no proposed solutions being offered, then it may be time to cut ties with the agency and program. My rule of thumb is at least a two-week written notice. If you are comfortable and willing to do so, then offering to train the incoming team is also a great suggestion. Following this protocol is suggested; however, it is also important to use your own discretion based on your current situation.
As a EXP, you have to always ensure that you Cover your A** (CYA) because situations will arise and changes will occur. If you haven’t already, be sure to pick up a copy of my book You Do What? And subscribe to my YouTube channel for tips to assist you in maintaining consistent opportunities as a EXP!