I'm going to tell you something today that might sting a little. And it probably will make some pro musicians out there kinda mad... But it's ok. This episode will help demystify some of the process of getting gigs as an aspiring pro musician. And if you're a pro musician and are feeling angry about me saying "Getting gigs isn't hard," I'll explain to you why you're wrong.
There are many things in our music careers that can take time and effort in order to achieve or address. But today, we're going to talk about something you can do that is the opposite.
Let's talk about how to find more time to focus on music today. And what's great about this exercise is that it works for virtually anything that you'd like have more time to do, but can't seem to find the time for.
One VERY common challenge that most of us have faced, or will face at some point is this:
How can I start charging people for my musicianship when there are tons of other musicians in my scene willing to do it for free?
Today we'll discuss 3 principles that will help you move from playing for free to playing for pay!
Today we'll discuss 3 different seemingly-unrelated happenings in my life, that all point to the same concept that will help YOU continue forward in your music career. Plus: what does chugging coleslaw in a high school cafeteria have to do with getting gigs?
Does becoming a professional musician change our behavior- specifically in musical/professional situations? Or do we have to change our behavior in order to become pro musicians? Kind of a chicken or the egg type of question, I know. Well, I actually think we change our behavior first.
The reason that the most successful pro musicians all seem to carry themselves in a certain way is not because they graduated some class, achieved some level of success and then decided "OK, now I'll start...
After having a major touring gig as a musician, you'd think I would've figured out how to take the shortcut to more gigs at the same level. But what I discovered, even after succeeding once already, was that it was much harder than I expected.
So what about you? How can you anticipate what it will take to "make it" as a pro musician? And what can you do when things don't quite turn out as planned? Let's talk about it.
I got fired from my dream gig when I was 23. It completely ruined my life for a while, but looking back on it, I learned some HUGE lessons about becoming (and staying) a pro musician. The cliffs notes version of the lessons are:
Also- I'm pumped to announce that ProMusician.org is finally live! Check it out and let me know what you think!
As a musician, you've probably heard it countless times: "If you want to get gigs and become a professional musician, you HAVE to network with other musicians."
But I've always hated the idea of networking because I can't stand the idea of going into a room of strangers and trying to convince them that they should hire me... AND I'm not very good at it.
So today I want to talk about the kind of networking that I DO enjoy, and I bet it's something you'll enjoy too- and you're probably...
Almost every musician that I know has at some point expressed to me that they are anxious about money. Specifically- making the leap from their day job to trying to make a full-time living from music. How do you make that leap? And can you make that leap in a way that doesn't feel like a leap?
The hardest part about making real headway in your music career is often just figuring out what to do next- and even how to get started. In today's episode we'll talk about some practical steps you can take right now to figure out what your next steps are- and how to achieve balance in the process...
I had a conversation with a friend recently who feels that he's ready to start getting paid for his drumming. I had a few questions for him that I thought he needed to consider before making that move- and I thought you might benefit from considering these same questions.
Today we'll talk about something I've never covered on the podcast: anxiety. Now I've honestly never felt anxiety directly regarding playing the drums, but I have dealt with anxiety around many other aspects of being a professional musician. So today, I'll share some practical steps I've learned to take to help me deal with anxious feelings.
Benjamin writes in: What do I do if I'm stuck in a small town next to a city where all the major studio producers are in bed with the drummers that are just mediocre, so I can't get the sessions to get into these big studios ( bureaucracy and politics)?
Today Bryan writes: I play for 2 different bands...one is a genre that I know fairly well. The other is a genre I really don't know well. How do I play in a band to a genre I don't know well, professionally? Should I leave that band until I'm a lot more familiar with the genre?