Career Planning – Getting on the “A” Team

“you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”: Jim Rohn

This sounds a lot like what my mother used to tell me: ”you will be judged by the people you run with”.

So, is there any truth to the above? How about his: the T-shirt logo: “It’s hard to soar like an eagle when you fly with Turkeys”

Ouch! I don’t know if there have been polls or studies to prove or disprove any of these ideas, but there is common sense logic to each of them. If, we accept them as having some truth, what do we need to do to avoid becoming the picture on the T-shirt?

First of all, what do they mean to you and how can we use their meaning to plan your career? First of all, recognize that you are beginning and that you are not near the ladder of success. let alone near the top – that is where the “A Team” is at the top. This article is about “Career Planning – Getting on the “A Team”

Let’s get started

I think that the quotes say – if you want to succeed, you had better make sure that you surround yourself with people who are on the path to success or have already achieved some successes.
Building a career in the music business requires careful consideration of several things that will be another blog post. So, let’s say that you have done all the research and know what you want to do as a musician and where you plan to live while you work. Let’s also assume that you are well trained and ready to start working at the mid to top level. We will also assume that you have appropriate equipment and that you have moved to a city with a strong music market. What’s next?

Number one: identify the players, which means who else is doing what you want to do? Who are they, what is their training/special skills. Who do they work with and for? Finding this information will take some time. Sources will include other musicians, trade publications and the media. Ask questions. You need to find out who the top tier of musicians are – who are the first call. Or in other words: the “A” team

Number two: identify the market – corporate events, clubs, concerts, private parties, touring? Who are the busiest musicians? Who are the most active booking agencies? What organizations/companies actively support musicians? Use the same sources as above. Plus, carefully read the local papers every day. You will find information about who played what club or party or wedding reception or big corporate benefit – very useful information.

Number three: self-analysis – how can you fit into this market? How do your skills compare? What additional skills do you have that might be useful? How hard are you willing to work? Remember (or maybe realize) that no one is going to call you for a gig just because you are a great player. The person they have been calling for the past five years is a also a great player. You must be dependable without habits that might make someone think twice about calling you. Self-analysis is sometimes difficult, so work hard at it and get a friend or two (that you can trust to tell you the truth) to help. Fix anything that you find needs fixing.

Number four: in the business world this step is usually called networking and it is very similar in the music business with one important difference. Networking in the music biz is more personal, just like performing is more personal than many business activities. Musicians hang with each other, jam, create new material. Depending on the individuals, breaking into the “music scene” can be simple or daunting. Either way, it must be done. The only way to get work is for other musicians to know that you are looking to work and (– and this is an important and) be responsible and ready for the work. Your resume is useless here, the telling moments will be when you sit in and perform with other musicians. So, plan to hang out at clubs so that you can talk to the musicians on their breaks, ask if they allow people to sit in. if they do – great! If they don’t ask them which bands do allow musicians to sit in. Ask for business cards and have professional cards to hand out. Start building a list of musicians that you meet and make a point of remembering them. Give them a boost by using social media (facebook, twitter etc) to post that you just heard so and so at such and such. You are promoting them and putting your name out there at the same time.

Number five: keep a journal of your activities. List the musicians that you meet. Organize the list any wat that works best for you – but organize the list, by instrument, by band etc. list the venues that you visit – list address, type of music. List everyone that you meet – friend them on facebook and follow them on twitter and any other social media that you use.

After a short time, you will have a list of top musicians who are “A” team players. Now, work at making them aware of you as a possible colleague. Hire them to play on your demo recording. Buy a couple hours of their time asking them what they think you need to do in order to break into the “A” team. There are many ways to network and make new friends, be creative and good luck.продвижение сайтаинтернет реклама продвижениепродвижение сайта

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