Dutch_Apples
UG's Career Advisor
Join date: Oct 2004
1,354 IQ
#1
I got a little bored with reading threads about begineer band difficulties and terrible set-lists, so I figured I would post something a little different for you guys. Recently I've been on a good stretch of career building & advice. Last year I bought this book called "How to Be Your Own Booking Agent" by Jeri Goldstein. It's a great book for the price and although most of the stuff is for semi to professional musicians, begineers can benefit from it as well. There are several assessment sheets that you are supposed to fill out to show you where you are mentally and in reality with your career and mindset. I'm going to post some things from these sheets and add a few ideas of my own. I'll also fill it out myself so you guys get an idea. Reply with your information so others can get ideas.

1. Do you work on your music skills more than 40 hours a week?
Yes

2. In what areas would you like to improve your skills?
More work experience (comes with time), Better Arrangements, Recording skills

3. Has your band built a fan base?
Inapplicable

4. Who do you ask for professional advice?
TB: one of the most knowledgable sound engineers I know, Entertainment lawyers/managers I meet, a few co-workers, and a few regional musicians.

5. Do you have local media recognition? How often?
Yes, once every 3-4 months.

6. Do you have a network of other local performers with whom you communicate?
Yes, on a scale 1-10, 1 being the weakest, I would say 8.5.

7. Can you pack a small performance venue (50-150 people)?
Inapplicable

8. What are 3 professional goals you have for the next year?
a. Relocate to a city
b. Gain a job with a decent music company
c. Have a song published

9. Are finances preventing you from acheiving those goals?
Yes

10. What do you use to promote yourself?
Myspace, SonicBids, local music publications, and www.sound-click.com
I was once heavily prominent on these forums from 2004-2007, let's see how long I can stay now that I'm back.
ark
Gotta Love That Sound
Join date: Jan 2002
502 IQ
#2
1. Do you work on your music skills more than 40 hours a week?
Yes

2. In what areas would you like to improve your skills?
more promotion and networking

3. Has your band built a fan base?
yes, all ages fan base is pretty good, 18+/bar crowd needs to grow to more than just friends who wanna drink and have fun....but what else are bar shows good for??

4. Who do you ask for professional advice?
engineers and producers we've worked with (plus all their friends and projects etc)

5. Do you have local media recognition? How often?
close to all of our shows are put on by promoters, and more often than not, they are in the local papers.

6. Do you have a network of other local performers with whom you communicate?
yes, i also promote for friends from other cities when they stop by, and have booked tours mainly in western canada.

7. Can you pack a small performance venue (50-150 people)?
depends, all ages shows yes!, bar shows are iffy cuase the majority of hte people there dont know or care about us...

8. What are 3 professional goals you have for the next year?
a. get our EP mastered, pressed and ready for radio play
b. tour some more!
c. tour even more and sell lotso merch!

9. Are finances preventing you from acheiving those goals?
yess, so are jobs, school, and women.......................................

10. What do you use to promote yourself?
myspace, word of mouth, postering, radio.


woo, that was fun...kind of makes you sit down and think about your goals and what you have achieved. Good thread, im interested to connect with other musicians in the game.
http://www.theweekendkids.com

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Dutch_Apples
UG's Career Advisor
Join date: Oct 2004
1,354 IQ
#4
Playing guitar is just one aspect of that, by music skills, I mean any time that you spend either gigging, writing, studying, practicing, etc.
I was once heavily prominent on these forums from 2004-2007, let's see how long I can stay now that I'm back.
ark
Gotta Love That Sound
Join date: Jan 2002
502 IQ
#5
indeed, i run my band basically full time. Thats why im poor..................

when we were recording, i spent sometimes 16 hours at the studio per day, and then touring....id say thats 24 7 for the time on the road.
http://www.theweekendkids.com

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Join date: Aug 2006
2,803 IQ
#6
1. Do you work on your music skills more than 40 hours a week?
No, I have a life.

2. In what areas would you like to improve your skills?
Recording Skills, Song Writing

3. Has your band built a fan base?
A very small one, but yes.

4. Who do you ask for professional advice?
Some local musicians who have played in some bands that got fairly big.

5. Do you have local media recognition? How often?
no

6. Do you have a network of other local performers with whom you communicate?
Yep

7. Can you pack a small performance venue (50-150 people)?
no

8. What are 3 professional goals you have for the next year?
1.Record a good sounding album
2.Write some better songs
3.Be an overall tighter band

9. Are finances preventing you from acheiving those goals?
number 1.

10. What do you use to promote yourself?
Myspace
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Black Star
UG Fanatic
Join date: Dec 2005
376 IQ
#7
1. Do you work on your music skills more than 40 hours a week?
Yes, but not all of it is playing guitar

2. In what areas would you like to improve your skills?
Recording and writing lyrics

3. Has your band built a fan base?
N/A

4. Who do you ask for professional advice?
Larry Hartke, music store owners.

5. Do you have local media recognition? How often?
No

6. Do you have a network of other local performers with whom you communicate?
Somewhat

7. Can you pack a small performance venue (50-150 people)?
N/A

8. What are 3 professional goals you have for the next year?
a. Record a demo
b. Play a few gigs
c. Get noticed by a label

9. Are finances preventing you from acheiving those goals?
No

10. What do you use to promote yourself?
Myspace
My guitar modification blog.
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Forcemaster
Registered User
Join date: Dec 2005
874 IQ
#8
1. Do you work on your music skills more than 40 hours a week?
Depends what is meant by music skills, but i'd say no.

2. In what areas would you like to improve your skills?
Arrangements, How other instruments can be used to maximum effect, ability to play other instruments

3. Has your band built a fan base?
Yes

4. Who do you ask for professional advice?
My father, a working musician/drummer (:P) who gigs three nights a week at high paying functions and weddings

5. Do you have local media recognition? How often?
Every few months

6. Do you have a network of other local performers with whom you communicate?
Yes, within the county we have good contacts with most bands

7. Can you pack a small performance venue (50-150 people)?
Most likely, possibly would require other support bands

8. What are 3 professional goals you have for the next year?
a.) Acquire a 6 string bass to expand knoweledge
b.) Go on a PROFITABLE tour
c.) Get signed with the label we currently have interest from

9. Are finances preventing you from acheiving those goals?
Yes

10. What do you use to promote yourself?
Myspace, Purevolume, radio/newspaper interviews
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