It might sound a bit unfair (it probably is, given that we are musicians, not models) but, if you are a performer, you cannot escape the visual aspect of it all. You need a good image on and off the stage, and for that, you need a photographer.
Have you ever heard about the elevator pitch? It is the notion of being able to sell an idea to a producer you stumbled upon in the elevator, using only the time it takes for you both to reach the floor you are going to: about 30 seconds, probably less. Well, the music bio wants to achieve the same level of effectiveness in written form. How to achieve that? Let's hear Millicent in today's episode of Success Beyond the Score.
A press kit might sound a bit daunting, as if it was something exclusive to huge artists, or something that requires a lot of time, money and effort. That's not the case at all! It doesn't have to be a massive document or a fancy animated presentation: you make sure your kit has the essentials that your promoters and clients need, and you will see how it boosts your career and gets you new contacts.
Are you interested in performing in the Commonwealth Games 2022 that will be held in Birmingham and the West Midlands, UK ? Yes? No? Maybe? Well, while you decide have a listen to episode 14 of Success Beyond The Score on iTunes or if you prefer Sound Cloud (below) to find out more about performing in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham 2022.
How do you make sure you are going to forward with your music while taking care of everything else? Millicent has three tips to help you out.
You might remember episode 7 of the podcast: "Is It Time To Leave The Band And Go Solo?". In that occasion, Millicent pondered the pros and cons of taking such a step, and in the following episodes, she pointed at the main difficulties that musicians face when working in groups and how to successfully overcome them. Now, after all the considerations, the initial questions is relevant again.
Copyright is a subject that makes most people hesitate. It looks complicated, it looks bothersome, and sure, it is always better if you count with a lawyer who really knows about the acts and institutions backing it up, just to make sure you've got all your bases covered. However, the basics are not that hard, and knowing them will make a big difference.