This blog is going to be a "stinger" for some d.i.y musicians out there, I am completely aware that this particular post might stir the pot a little, but I just want to say three important things before we continue...
YOU NEED TO WATCH & HEAR THIS.
IT IS COMING FROM A PLACE OF LOVE & SUPPORT.
I ABSOLUTELY HAVE MADE THE SAME MISTAKES!
Okay, now that that is out of the way, let's have a little heart to heart when it comes to booking your own gig. Booking itself is something that takes years of practice, it doesn't seem like it at first, but it takes such a large amount of trial and error, listening to the ones that have been there before, being open to critique and rejection, as well as, being completely vulnerable and self aware, being able to do any of those things are tough feats for anyone, but they are what is needed before you reach out to any gig if you want to be taken seriously. Beyond all of that there is a factor of "nuance". We have to know how to approach a gig in a proper manner and take steps that make you move to the front of the line, we have to be self aware enough to not waste our time or the venue's time. We can do this though, and once you have done it a few times you can continue to refine your approach and after enough rejections you'll realize that is a time to grow and achieve, the "I'll show them" mentality is sometimes detrimental but yes, on some level you can think that way, but just think about how you are saying that. I like to say that the better way to express the "I'll show them" mentality, is to rise up instead of tear down, don't go off on a twitter rant about how shitty the venue is because they turned you down, turn it up, and take it as a challenge, shake your fist like you are in a video game, laugh it off and take it as a moment to grow and reinforce your hard work and show them what you're made of a few months from now or a year from now and so on.
Here are 3 powerful booking tips to help you on your way and I just want to say, I do scold a little in the video but I think you can get a sense of the playful nature I was talking about above, you have to have a sense of humor about this business, because it is a hard path and you better fortify for yourself with a positive attitude and humor and fun is always the fastest way to that. Don't forget to remember to enjoy the adventure of being a working musician and artist, no reason to be miserable if you are not a good fit for a venue, just move on and find a place that appreciates what you do, or grow and become the artist everyone wants, whatever you choose, do it with a smile and positive attitude, as much as you can. I want to say, I know it is tough to put yourself out there but remember, noone is trying to make you quit, you are the only that can say when the train stops so keep on rollin'!