Since I began this blog just under a year ago, I have gotten countless emails around one topic that virtually every musician has struggled with, but I am unfortunately completely clueless about myself… It’s everyone’s favorite thing: AUDITIONS I remember my first audition for an orchestra like it was yesterday… The spring semester of my […]
Have you ever noticed that there are a handful of people in your city that seem to get called for EVERY gig? If you’ve ever observed this, you have probably thought something along the lines of: Why does that person get called for every gig? Who do they know that gets them all these gigs? Am […]
I’m so thrilled to be sharing this interview with you.
In this interview we Chuck and I discussed:
-The first gigs the Canadian Brass ever did
-How the Canadian Brass played hundreds of concerts in their first few years
-What characteristics they look for when recruiting new members
-What Chuck would do if he were starting his career today
-and tons more!
Last Monday morning started off just like any other day.
I woke up around 8am, walked the dog, had breakfast, and since I now work from home, I sat down on the couch with my computer to start the day.
After about two hours of the same ol’ same ol’, an email popped up in my inbox that made me drop everything I was doing.
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It’s that time of the year again! School is starting back up and I want to help all you music students out there make this the year that you really get your freelancing career off the ground. There’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to start doing some gigging in your local music scene this […]
Most music students are pretty clueless about freelancing.
Trust me, I know because I was one of them not so long ago.
Today I want to help you get past some of the mental blocks and cut through some misconceptions so that you can start using your time more wisely and getting more work.
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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to do an interview with the former tubist of Boston Brass, Andrew Hitz. In addition to being the former tubist with Boston Brass, Andrew is an educator, author, entreprenuer, and wears many other hats as you’ll find out. What I think is the most fascinatingthing about this interview […]
It’s been a couple of weeks but I’m back and ready to answer a question on a hotly debated topic. Should musicians ever work for free? I got an email from a reader the other day with a great question about this: Unpaid gigs. Mainly, in my experience, these have come in the form of community orchestras. What’s […]
If there’s one thing that every successful musician knows (other than being a great player), it’s that one of the most valuable things you can do for your career is get to know other successful musicians.
But here’s the question: How do you meet them?
Most of us starting out are probably thinking something along the lines of…
“Why would they want to know me…what can I offer them?”
“I don’t think I’m good enough”
“They don’t want more competition”
Or here’s my favorite:
“I don’t know what to say”
If any of that sounds, familiar you’re in the right place.
Have you ever gotten really excited about freelancing and then never actually done anything to get started?
Maybe you read a really inspiring blog post or business book…
Perhaps you went to a music festival or a masterclass that talked about business that got you really pumped up…
Or maybe you just have some friends that seem to get tons of gigs and you wish that were you…
Whatever the case may be, there is always one thing that always trips people up: Getting started.
Has this ever happened to you?
I know it has happened to me a lot.
I mean, seriously, I remember in my days at Temple just blankly staring at my inbox waiting for emails from contractors to magically appear.
I wanted nothing more than get started and get myself out there getting gigs, but I had no idea where to start or what to say to people.
So what can you do?