Playing live is really fun and once you start gigging regularly it actually becomes quite addictive.
Addictive in the feel good fun way, not the strung out on heroin lying on the bathroom floor kind of way.
You might find that it's hard to get a gig in your town. Maybe nobody responds to your email or you don't have an "in" anywhere.
Or maybe you've been playing live for a while but you find it hard to make enough money to make your addiction sustainable.
Again, in that feel good kind of way, not the up for days on meth kind of way.
(Btw...I have a lot of lawyer friends that are public defenders that tell me addiction stories. These are not personal experiences!)
But I digress.
What I do know about is playing live and getting gigs.
I've been playing live music since I was about 15 years old which is more than half of my entire life.
I've played Scandinavian alt-metal at tiny dive bars in Iceland.
I've even been on a weird tour that took me to a huge arena in Greenland.
But since my teenage years I've toned it down a little bit. Ever since I moved abroad, first to Spain and then to the United States I've become more of a singer/songwriter.
I've been a frontman in a folk-rock group.
I've also been a touring bass player in an alt-country-western band, a '70s folk group and a guitar player in a folk/zydeco band.
And all along I've been gigging. Playing gigs big and small.
But what I enjoy most is sharing my experiences so that people can experience the thrill of gigging themselves.
Which is why I wrote Get More Gigs: The Essential Guide to Booking, Performing and Making Money From Gigs as an Independent Musician.
It's my step by step system I've used to get more gigs than I can count from the last half of my life.
Don't know where to start getting gigs? Get More Gigs gives you a step by step approach on what to do to before you start searching, as well as a blueprint to find every venue in your area and how to get them to notice you.
Learn how to create multiple income streams during your show. Increase the amount you make from your performance and your merchandise sales, in addition to my Tip Jar Trick that gets you at least 200% more from your tips every show.
If you're just starting out it might be hard to fill 2 hour slots by yourself. If that's the case I'll teach you alternative ways to play gigs even if no venue wants you.
At the end of the book you should have a concrete path to create a side income playing live music regularly, increasing your exposure in your area as well as increasing your income.