Yesterday I talked about the 3 things to do in order to take a gig from Good to Great.
It was more about how much fun we would have on each of our tour dates, rather than making it great for the audience.
Today I want to talk about how you can keep getting gigs, and the three most important things to do to get booked back.
Assuming you get a gig at one of the venues in your town, I think it’s important for you to realize the value of the relationship you just created. You don’t want your show to be a one-off, especially if you get paid for the pleasure of playing your music for other people.
It’s a dream come true and you want to return to that dream as many times as possible. So to make sure you get booked back, I want you to understand the “Triangle of Being Booked Back”.
In my interview with Kris Kerry, booking agent of the Rialto Theater in Tucson who’s booked such acts Elvis Costello, Yes, Brandi Carlile, Randy Newman, Snow Patrol and The Decemberists, he told me that to be booked back, you need to have at least two of these three things:
- Be easy to work with
- Sound good (read: play decent music and be competent onstage)
- Draw a crowd
If you’re two of those things you’ll get a second gig. If you’re all three, you’re golden.
I want you to make sure that you’re all three of these things at all times. It comes back to that thing about being professional. It shouldn’t be too hard to be all three of these things, and if you make it a priority, then you’re already better than the other musicians in town that make us all look bad.
The first two should be easy to reach.
First, Don’t Be a Dick
Think about your gig from their point of view so you can understand how to show them What’s In It For Them.
Seriously, it shouldn’t be too hard to be nice to the person that’s helping you get a gig, so make sure you’re easy to work with. Nobody likes working with assholes or prima donnas, so make sure you’re not one of them. There’s already too many in the world!
Second, Make Sure You Sound Good
Sounding good shouldn’t be too hard either, but it might take a little more practice at rehearsal for you to be gig-ready. Record your rehearsals analyze them objective to make sure that you are actually all playing well enough together to please an audience.
Third, Draw a Crowd
Drawing a crowd won’t happen overnight, so it’s a good thing you only need two of the three to get booked back. Getting booked back is the first step towards increasing your fanbase so work on the first two as your #1 and #2 priority and the rest will fall into place.
If you keep at it, are easy to work with and sound good, sooner or later you’ll start drawing a crowd.
I’ve developed a certain process to make a good side income from gigs over the years and I’m putting all that into my first $1,000 Musician eBook: GigReady: The Essential Guide to Booking, Performing and Making Money From Gigs.
Stick around tomorrow for a special announcement and a crazy no-brainer deal if you’re looking to become a better gigging musician.