One of the best articles I’ve ever read on this subject, Peter Thorn helps explain why some people get tons of gigs, and others don’t.
I won’t get into all the do’s and don’ts as Peter does a great job of covering those, but I’ve been talking about this for years and it always amazes how some people just never seem to get it. At the end of the day, there are always several players who are good enough for whatever level a particular gig is at (and let’s face it, Peter is at a different level than I am, and I’m at a different level than someone just starting out). So if there are always more good players than there are great gigs, what are you doing to be the one who gets the gig?
For a touring band like ours, I’ve always felt that there are lots of guys good enough to play the parts, so I’m always looking for someone that I respect and want to hang with. I genuinely like the guys in my current band and I am really looking forward to an incredibly busy summer of planes, buses, vans, and bad hotels with those guys. Do we have our issues? Of course we do, who doesn’t? But at the end of the day, you are on stage for a couple of hours a night (if you’re lucky) and the rest of the time is spent just hanging out with your bandmates.
And I don’t think this just goes for band situations. I used to be a CEO in a previous life and have hired literally hundreds of people over the years. I’ve found the exact same thing there, where the quality of your work-life goes up exponentially if you are working with people whom you respect and enjoy being around. And with the high levels of unemployment out there today, you can just multiply the number of good people out there competing with you for that gig!
So have a look at the article to see how you stack up and ask yourself: Are you getting the gigs you want?