There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t get someone asking me: “How can I get gigs?” For one reason or another there’s all sorts of confusion and mystery about getting hired, so hopefully this will help.
The long and short of it is that people hire their friends or at least people that they’ve known for a little while. There’s definitely an element of “who you know” that goes into it, but what’s even more important is what they know about YOU!
Networking and relationship building is the key to landing the gigs that you want and you have to work on building those relationships in a genuine way. The best way to develop these relationships is to put in the work. Go to the clubs where these people play. Offer to help them in any way that you can. Offer value. Give more than you expect to receive in return. At one point or another, you will start to become a familiar face, which leads to becoming an acquaintance, then a friend. By and large people are most comfortable working with their friends because their friends are most like them.
“You’re probably more likely to get a gig because you were at someone’s BBQ rather than because you’re the best drummer in town. Relationships make the world go round.” Steve Bowman (Counting Crows)
It’s always said that if you want to be a millionaire you should be hanging out with millionaires. Using that logic, if you want to be playing major clubs and doing major tours then you need to connect with people who are already doing that.
When I was starting Drummer’s Resource I didn’t have a ton of contacts in the drumming world so I had to network and create a new group of friends and colleagues if I wanted to make the site happen. How did I do this? I worked my ass off. I called, emailed, followed up, attended conferences, visited drummers at clubs, rinsed and repeated. I still do this every day and I’ve built a reputation where I am respected and known in the industry to the point where I get referred to people all the time.The same exact thing happens with getting gigs. Once you develop the relationships, friendships, and reputation the phone will start ringing…..as long as you can actually play, but that’s a whole other topic.
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