So I went busking after getting my permit and deciding on which violin to use (went with my older secondary violin, I think it sounded fine outside). It was a good experience and I made some money but something I wasn't expecting happened and I'd like some advice for how to approach it in the future.
Less than a minute into playing at the Rockridge BART station in Berkeley someone walked up to me, closer than I'd expect, and kinda stared me down while I played. I just kept playing while being aware/cautious of him until he randomly said "Alright if you're not gonna stop, I'm gonna set up in my usual spot." Turns out he has a saxophone case on his back that I didn't notice.
So I'm kinda caught off guard and just keep playing once he leaves and forget because I don't hear him and I'm making some money. Then I hear him, and it turns out he's maybe 100 feet, facing the elevator that comes from the BART station itself, meaning not only is the sound from our instruments competing but anyone getting off of BART goes past him first.
I didn't know what to do/where else to go so I just kept playing, and people still gave me money and one person even said "thanks for drowning out the saxophone" which I thought was pretty funny. Still I'd like to avoid this, any advice on what you'd do in this situation?
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