In case you didn't know it, there's at least 1 million people who play music in the United States alone. That means you have a lot of competition.
Even if you're not crazy enough to be in the music business, there are literally tens of thousands of people in your field that almost as amazing at their work as you are. With so much stiff competition, you need every advantage you can get. Here are the 3 most effective tips I’ve found that can set you apart:
1. Look Like You Know What You’re Doing
People hire people who look successful. Even if you're not doing as well as you think you should be, dressing, acting, talking, and behaving the way that successful people do is often is enough to open up opportunities. I know this is may seem shallow, but that means if you're overweight, or you need to buy new clothes, you need to make it a high priority. People like to work with people who look successful.
2. Help More People
The more people you know, the more opportunities there are for you to connect with people who could help you, and you can help. Constantly be focused on acquiring new friends, and meeting new people that you can help. Focus on being an asset to them, and I’ve found most people will return the favor. Even if they don’t, you’ll have a lot of fun and gain experience you couldn’t get any other way.
3. Side Skill Land Main Skills Jobs
Any extra skill, even ones that you don't find particularly valuable, can be the difference between you getting a gig or not getting a gig. I've gotten many shows because I can sing backup harmony, when the only difference between me and another keyboard player was that particular skill. Make it a priority to develop strong secondary skills- the can often be the only thing that keeps you employed.