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.
To help you get started, here are four surefire strategies you can use to get in touch with ANY freelancer, no matter where they are in their careers.
1. Ask them to get together and play some duets, charts, or excerpts with you.
This is a great way to get acquainted with another freelancer.
It’s casual, fun, and most importantly, it will give them a chance to hear you play.
Most people will want to have met and played with you before they recommend you for a gig.
Take this as seriously as you would any lesson or gig you’re playing because this is your chance to make a really great impression.
2. Grab a coffee or beer with them.
In case you can’t find a time to play together, don’t let that stop you from meeting them.
Being able to sit down and chat with them is also a great opportunity to ask for advice if you’re new on the scene.
Trust me. They understand.
Everyone was new and seeking help at some point, and honestly, most people will be happy to offer advice.
Try to meet with them wherever is the easiest and most convenient for them, and always offer to pay.
They will appreciate that you value their time and experience.
3. Take a lesson from them.
This is a really great approach if you’re looking to meet one of the private or college level teachers that doubles as a major freelancer in the area.
If you’re uncomfortable asking them to meet up and play, just ask them for a lesson.
Again… remember that any time you’re playing for other people on the freelance scene, treat it like an audition.
4. Pass them a gig.
This is hands down the best way get in good with the local freelancers.
It’s often too easy for us to think that we’ve got nothing to offer other freelancers, but don’t forget that they are hustling too!
If you find yourself in a position where you have to turn down a gig, make sure to recommend your colleagues around town in your place.
This will put you on the express train for connecting with the other pros around town.
They need the gig too and will be thrilled to have the work.
(see the PDF you got when you signed up for my email list for the word-for-word email script you can use to turn down a gig and pass it on to someone else. If you haven’t signed up for my email list, CLICK HERE, and I’ll send you the exact email scripts to use)
Alright folks, now it’s your turn.
What has worked for you?
There are lots of people reading this post that would love your input as well.
Leave your best advice in the comments below!