Most of the merchants along Venice Beach support and appreciate us. The merchants are having a difficult time making money because of the recession. About 30% of the merchants blame the street performers for the drop in business; but they're just looking for a scapegoat.
A lot of the street performers use Venice Beach to display their talent. Venice is a potential stepping stone to the big time in the entertainment field. We're out here in search of fame and some of us are finding success.