Today I went a bit nuts. I just started writing down random tips for the aspiring musician and engineer. There’s no pink fluff in this one, just plain and dry cut to the chase… In my opinion of course.
1. When you’re starting out, take any gigs you can. Do it for free if you have to. This business is mainly built on having connections and when you’re starting out you don’t really have any.
2. On a similar note, most of my gigs have come from just knowing people, or knowing someone who knows someone.
3. I’ve also got a lot of gigs from simply running this website. Lesson to be learned: get your name out there anyway you can. Start a blog (a good one, not a crappy ass one where you just say “today I had a tuna sandwich”), take gigs for magazines or other websites, hang around on forums (but don’t be an ass).
4. While doing free gigs when starting out might be a good idea, eventually you’ll come to the point where you want to get payed. Don’t ask too little! It’s one of the mistakes I did in the beginning. Maybe – MAYBE – I got more gigs from it but I’m fairly confident in that a) I didn’t make more money from it, and b) to some it might have come across as I was just simply a rookie. In other words, I devalued myself. [more]