NETWORKING

Networking

There’s an old saying; “Out of sight, out of mind”. Well, this is one of the truest things ever written and it so applies to the music business as well.

If you want to work, you need to go out to the clubs, venues, jam sessions, whatever,.. and “BE SEEN”! You need to engage in conversation with potential employers and you need to be seen playing your drums so they know that you’re qualified.

Younger players still in school; if you want that specific chair or jazz band seat you have to
work hard, yes. But also make sure that you’re on a first name basis with the band leader, drum captain, and any private instructors or helpers, because they will often be assisting with the auditioning process.


Top 5 Drummer Networking Mistakes:
1. Not being prepared
2. Not having business cards (pro players)
3. Not letting them know in some way that you’re qualified for the job
4. Not acting professional enough
5. Not following up on potential leads or opportunities

GOING THE EXTRA MILE

Many drummers simply show up, set up their drums, play the gig and go home. Take pride in your work and “go the extra mile”. Carry the bass player’s rig in for him, make a set list for the band, or show up 15 minutes earlier to help out. School band students can help the teacher in the band room or offer their services for a special concert or field event.

Anyone can just show up and play their drums, but those that put in a little extra are more valued as a “team player”. This often increases your job stability and overall reputation in the industry and sometimes even means extra compensation. The main thing is that you feel better about yourself for giving more in this world and that’s reason enough to make the change!