Heartsinspyre Entertainment

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8/22/17

Letter to Insurance Brokers

Hello. I am just a performing artist who uses never more than 1 liter of flammable lighter fluid to fuel 2-4" reusable kevlar torch open flame props aka a fire dancer. I have no longer been able to afford the operating expense ever since the Seattle Fire Marshal's office raised the cost of permits, tripled the amount of on site equipment and personnel requirements, and also now require a $3 mil liability coverage certificate naming the city of Seattle to be provided and pre-approved by a different dept. 6 weeks prior to issuing a special event permit. I'm not Cirque du Soleil nor a Broadway musical tour here! I'm just a person, plus a safety watch friend, and occasionally an additional performer for a duet who gets hire for a 10 min quick in/out novelty act typically charging $300 for it booked around once a month. So the now hobby service offered doesn't even pay for itself while I can no longer afford the operating overhead expense after 6 years of offering it and finally building a reputation as the most experienced professional in town who's been doing it on/off for 20 years. My annual fire permit costs double what they charge a business for operating a gas station!! But if I were to attempt to raise the funds regardless the first step is procuring the general liability coverage which I'd prefer making payments towards instead of a big lump sum that I have to stress about every single year along with renewing the permit at the exact same time. This is not convenient for a starving artist freelancer/semi-self employed. I don't even come near the mark of taxable income to be required to register a business license ($12,000 state or $20 grand city) again I'm not a walking circus tent! Can you possibly provide me with a reasonable rate like a bond would cost? I understand my high risk activities but also in 20 years have not personally caused any harm to anyone other than burning my own self (if you play with fire.. then, duh!) that didn't require medical attention. I had a higher rate of accidents as a barista getting steam burns and the same likeliness of causing an explosion (empty water tank). Speaking of, I can afford to buy a latte a week maybe but I'm certainly not selling any (if only...)


Thanks! Sincerely,

  Asraiya Deyo ~ Managing Director of Heartsinspyre Entertainment