Break into the Scene

A musician's guide to making connections, creating opportunities, and launching a career

Book Cover: Break into the Scene
Editions:Paperback: $ 12.99 USD
ISBN: 1537703978
Size: 5.25 x 8.00 in
Pages: 176

Are you passionate about music, but unsure how to turn it into a career?

Are you stuck thinking there are such few options for musicians?

Are you ready to start your career, but clueless what steps to take?

Having a career you love is everyone’s goal, but getting a career started as a musician can be challenging. Whether your dream is to become a full-time musician, teacher, or you just want to earn a little extra money on the side, this book will help you get there.

Seth shares how he went from broke valet driver to successful freelance musician and contractor. Through real-life stories, humor, and actionable tips, he shows the way for anyone looking to break into the music scene.

In this book, you will learn:

  • How to create your own opportunities
  • How to break the mental barriers that are holding you back
  • How to build an amazing network of connections
  • How to find mentors
  • Exactly what to say when you reach out to anyone

Your dream career is waiting for you. If you are ready to take the first steps to launch your music career, then this book is for you.

Reviews:Paul Bryan, Dean of Students and Faculty at Curtis Institute of Music wrote:

“Break Into the Scene gets right to the point - a successful musician is more than a top-notch performer. Seth's book is an efficient, entertaining guide to all of the tools necessary to create your musical career.”

Angela Beeching, author of 'Beyond Talent' wrote:

“Break into the Scene is a terrific, straight-talking, and down to earth guide for freelance success. Loaded with practical advice and examples, the book uncovers the mind traps and misperceptions that prevent musicians from succeeding—and Seth offers real-life solutions!”

-Jeffrey Lang, Associate-Principal Horn, The Philadelphia Orchestra wrote:

"I was a hardcore freelancer for many years and Seth’s advice for getting into the business is priceless. It’s not being in the right place at the right time, It’s being somewhere all the time. Every musician needs to know exactly what works in the freelance world and Seth’s plain truths will get you gigs!”

Rob Knopper, MET Orchestra percussionist and founder of auditionhacker wrote:

“As someone who has struggled with an irrational fear of networking and gigging, I’m so relieved that Seth has taken on the impressive feat of dissecting the art of music freelancing into an inspiring set of mindsets, mantras, and steps that anyone can take. If you’re interesting in freelancing as a musician, this book is the first place you should start.”

Michael Krajewski, Music Director of The Philly Pops and Principal Pops Conductor of the Houston, Atlanta and Jacksonville SymphoniesMichael Krajewski, Music Director of The Philly Pops and Principal Pops Conductor of the Houston, Atlanta and Jacksonville Symphonies wrote:

“This book is a treasure trove of valuable and practical advice for all aspiring musicians.”

Eric Reed, American Brass Quintet and The Juilliard School faculty member wrote:

"With his new book, Seth hits directly at the important matters for everyone, whether you're breaking into the scene or already in it. We must be especially positive, proactive, aware of our behavior and most of all, easy to work with. Not surprisingly, Seth is all of these things. Bravo!"

Denise Tryon, 4th Horn, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Adjunct Horn Professor at Peabody Conservatory wrote:

"Break Into The Scene is an easily understood assessment of how to create and market yourself giving you a great chance at breaking into the freelance scene!"

Charlie Hoehn, author of Play it Away and Recession-Proof Graduate, entrepreneur, and speaker wrote:

"If you're a musician who's struggling to get your career off the ground, do yourself a favor and read this book."

David Kadavy, author of Design for Hackers and host of the Love Your Work podcast wrote:

"This book is game-changer for any creative freelancer."

Frank Giordano, President and CEO of The Philly POPS wrote:

"If I were going to recommend one book to anyone getting started in the music business, this is it."