When I moved to Raleigh, NC after leaving the military in 2016, I was in the market for work as a trumpet player. I got a call from a local bandleader (who's a friend of mine last I checked) asking if I'd be interested in subbing for a gig they had for a local church.
As you might expect, I was glad to get the work. And it turns out their band was short a trumpet player so I ended up agreeing to be a regular member.
To keep an already short story short, I quickly realized that this wasn't the gig for me. It's mainly a wedding and dance band. Playing stuff you'd have heard on Casey Casum's top 40 list every Sunday morning.
Don't get me wrong. They're a great band. One of the best in the Triangle area. I'm not sorry I took the gig, but suffice it to say I didn't last long.
The band liked me, and I liked them, but it just wasn't meant to be.
Yes, it was LOUD, but I got over that quickly. And I wasn't a fan of being on a stage watching drunk people get more drunk, fondling theirs and other people's wives, and generally indifferent to the fact that a bunch of great musicians are doing their thing.
I get it. It's the atmosphere. The band is there to create a certain environment, which we did really well.
But what got to me was the attitude of the band members themselves. They were part-time musicians with "real jobs." They would talk about musicians who had "made it" with almost disdain in their voice. Definitely more than a little bit of envy.
I decided that even though I liked them, I just couldn't be around that attitude if I was going to succeed as a MusicPreneur, even if it was just a couple of times per month.
My friends had settled. They decided that what they had was as good as it would ever be.
Playing for drunk people at weddings and festivals. In North Carolina.
I thought different. I knew there's more to being a musician than that.
Connecting with people who actually want to listen to you, not because you're the hired entertainment at a wedding or corporate party.
Sharing a message that changes people's lives via your music.
Building celebrity and authority in your niche.
Think this isn't possible for you? I hate to say it (I don't) but if that's your attitude, you're right.
But don't say it's not possible.
Just on the MusicPreneur podcast, there have been many people who have done exactly what I just described with their music.
It is possible, and the tools and resources are readily available for anyone who's willing to do the work and take their lumps along the way.