I have been making a living in show business for 33 years. I have dealt with a vast number of clients in all manner of businesses who have booked me to perform or produce a wide variety of shows.
In all those years, with all those clients, I have never had the sort of trouble I have when dealing in the Catholic market. Clients for Theater of the Word often cannot be trusted.
With Upstage Productions, the chances of a client giving us some sort of trouble are probably about 5%. With the Theater of the Word it's more like 33%. Honestly, I'd estimate that fully a third of our clients in the Catholic market cannot be trusted, either to honor a written contract or to negotiate a contract in good faith. I have been treated like crap by a number of people either at dioceses, parishes, schools, conferences or "apostolates".
They nickle and dime us, they book us and cancel at the last minute, they end up cheating us in one way or another. It's ridiculous.