Play Often No Matter What
by Christopher Knab ,
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Play Live Often and Donít Worry About Getting Paid For Every Gig.
You can always tell the difference between a musician who is in it for the money, and a musician who is in it for the music.
The dedicated musician canít NOT play music every chance they get.
musicians whine about the fact that they can't get club gigs that pay
anything. Well, If you think that you can make your living solely as a
musician in the first three to four years of your career, you're headed
for a breakdown and disappointment.
Think about it... almost
every legendary, gifted musician who has made a mark on our culture has
been a musician who struggled long and hard at their craft, and never
gave up. Playing live as often as possible was as natural to them as
breathing in and out.
So, eat determination for breakfast! Go
out there and play on the streets if you have to, play at schools,
fairs, festivals, do benefits to help other people and organizations.
Offer your services to non- profits, charities, church groups, and any other companies or organizations you can think of.
Hang out at clubs, look for jamming possibilities, or start your own jam sessions.
Look around your city or town, and you will see many places and venues where musicians can play.
As you establish yourself and more and more people show up at your shows, the paid gigs will increase.
Remember... play live, and then after you play live, play live again, thatís what musicians are supposed to do.
Christopher Knab is an independent music business consultant based in Seattle, Washington. He
is available for private consultations on promoting and marketing independent music, and can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Knab's book, 'Music Is Your Business'
is available from the Music Biz Academy bookstore.
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