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What does it take to be a busker?

With the annual Halifax International Busker Festival kicking off this week on the waterfront, CBC wanted to know, what does it take to be a busker?

CBC News sent a reporter down to the Halifax waterfront to find out

Victor Rubilar, a busking favourite, juggling five soccer balls. (CBC)

With the annual Halifax International Busker Festival kicking off this week on the waterfront, CBC wanted to know, what does it take to be a busker?

Reporter Kenzie Broddy was sent downtown to find out.

Weather is everything

If it rains, you can't perform. If it's cold, you're not going to have many people show up to watch you perform. You want sunshine, and plenty of it.

Sleep, practice, eat, practice

These guys don't master their performance overnight. In fact many of the performers are spending hours per day, behind the scenes getting all their moves to perfection.

It's taken most of them years of endless hours of practice to make it to this level.

If a soccer ball is coming at your face, move

Those were the words of Victor Rubilar, a busking favourite. It's always a good idea to remember, even though these guys are pros, sometimes mistakes happen.

Buskers make a living off of tips

Buskers make the majority of their money busking. They rely on audience tips to make up a large part of their living.

The busker festival runs from July 31 to Aug. 5. For a full listing of all of the busker events, visit www.buskers.ca.

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