Band Promotion - Book Your Garage Band Some Shows or GigsWritten by Dennis Damp Jr.
So you have you press kit and demo CD and want to know what to do next to get your band a gig. Why not try an open mic night at a local club. Most clubs advertise these open mic nights in your local music papers or entertainment magazines. Open mic nights will give your band experience on stage, and club will most likely have a built in audience to perform for. Most of time all you have to do is show up with your instruments. The PA system and drums are usually supplied. Call ahead just to make sure this is case. Many of these events are hosted by local established bands and produce great networking opportunities. Make contacts with bands playing open mic night, and leave a press kit for club owner. Maybe hosting band likes your music and needs an opening act in future. Sometimes people in audience may be interested in your band, so have some business cards ready with all your contact information.
The reality of starting out as a band is that your most likely not going to get paid at first. Your not in it at first for money anyway right, your there because you want to get your music heard. Offer to be an opening act for a band you know or met at an open mic night. Email some bands in your area and see if they accept opening acts. Offer to open for free to get some much needed exposure. Many established bands love opening acts because they donít have to pay them much, and they wonít have to play as long so this makes their job easier.
Promote your band any time you get an opportunity. Hand out business cards at open mic nights, and send fliers to clubs that you will be performing at in future. Call or email clubs or venues that handle your genre of music. Once you get some shows, contact your local music newspapers with your bandís name, venue name, phone number, show time, and any other information you feel necessary. Many entertainment newspapers offer this service free of charge. Solicit your press kit to local venues. Start visiting local clubs in person with your band mates and talk with booker or entertainment director. Leave a copy of your press kit and get them to listen to your demo while your there if possible. Call a day or two after your visit, and be persistent. You may have to call a few times, because it can be difficult to get a hold of band booker. Most work late hours at their venue.
Strive or Strife?Written by Nicholas Dixon
That is question I have been asking myself since first day of this year dawned. Prosperity and adversity is experienced each day by everyone but how can we keep former in our lives?
The successful among us know and use certain traits in order for them to achieve their goals. Now some persons believe that these people were born this way when in fact they had to develop their winning traits.
Strivers have an eye for opportunity as they are quick to grasp situation as it presents itself. In other words they more easily see solution to a common need. Strifers fail to see these opportunities as they are busy complaining about life. They are ones who are usually left behind.
Strivers know how to discipline themselves in order for them to reach their goals. While strifer is out enjoying himself at bar or in front of television, striver is busy putting his latest move in motion. Yet, he stills know importance of downtime.
Strivers have a need to achieve. They are always looking forward to next move or conquest. Strifers are satisfied with mundane activities of day to day life.
Strivers have an appetite for work. They willingly put in long hard hours even if returns are not immediate. Strifers are ones who give up more easily in quest to find success. They rarely use power of persistence to their advantage.