Thursday, February 24, 2011
One of the hardest things to due in this industry is to help people that don't want to help themselves. I serve as musical director in several different settings and I'm also in a position to regularly recommend musicians for a number of things. The most common issue I'm having is a lack of professionalism. A lot of musicians will say that they want to move to the next level or do something bigger but the truth is they are just talking. When some guys get an opportunity at something really big, they end of blowing it because they are trying to come into a bigger situation still using a small time mind set. It goes without saying that you have to be able to play but even the best players take time to prepare before whatever show. If you have the charts or music before hand, take time and study. If rehearsal starts at 2pm, you should be there at 1pm or no later than 1:30pm so that at 2pm you will be in place, tuned up and ready to play. It is also important to exhibit a great attitude. Don't be the guy that is always complaining. If you have issues with a job then just don't take it. You shouldn't agree to do something then turn around and complain about it. It really destroys the mood for everyone else and makes you look ignorant. Your communication should always be prompt. Make sure you have an email address, phone and passport. I know these things seem like a no brainer but you would be surprised at how many musicians don't have these things in order yet they tell me that they want to go to the next level. This is all in love. When everyone in a particular situation operates at the highest professional level, it makes for a great time and yields even greater results. It will also guarantee that you get called again and again. So how do you make it to that next level or that BIG gig? Just be a professional all the time. The best way to learn this is to surround yourself with professionals. See you at the next BIG show.
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