Performing can be scary. Networking can be scary, too. But those two essential areas will help you become a better musician, and also help you get a gig!
One thing I will focus on today is getting out and watching other performers. It is important that, if you are interested in performing commercially, you watch other performers. You have to observe their behaviors, what type of environment they’re in, and how it is being received by the audience. If the musicians are not acting appropriately with the setting, you’ll know. If they aren’t a strong vocalist, you’ll know. If the ensemble messes up throughout their set, you know they needed more practice. As you are actively listening, watching, and engaging, make mental or physical note (preferably on your phone because a pen and paper might look weird!) of what they’re doing right, and what they’re doing wrong. Apply that to your performance practice. I bet you’ll notice a difference!
We all can’t afford to pay for shows every time we decide to watch someone perform. Here’s a poster for a segment I will be continuing on my blog.
As you can see, I’ve listed areas in Nashville that provide free entertainment every night. Research (or refer back to my blog!) for reviews of performances at these local venues. Not only will you be supporting the artists performing, but also the local businesses in our area.
While you’re at these events, make sure you are networking with those who also seem engaged in the performance. They may be a record executive, or be a friend-of-a-friend of someone who you could work with in the future.
If you enjoy what you hear on stage, don’t be afraid to talk to the musicians during their breaks. Isn’t it always nice to hear a compliment about your performance? It would be a great way to meet other musicians, too, who you may need in the future. Make sure you are genuine, though, many people can tell when you’re just in it for the connections. If you are sincere, you will probably have a very positive outcome.
I hope you enjoyed a few how-to’s if you are interested in live performance! Check back for more posts related to music reviews and events!