Today is going to be tailored specifically to all my musicians out there (sorry, everyone) however I do think that these guidelines can be applicable to other things aside from music! However in the context I’m going to be referring them in, it’s in regards to reasons for taking a gig, as a musician/artist.
When I first started out in music, I took any and every gig that became available to me. Any place that would let me play or sing, I was there going for it. Every musician has started out in this place, and eventually you get to a point where it’s not even possible to take every gig you get offered. Whether financially, not enough time, prior engagements or whatever it may be if you continue to be a musician you will have to say no to gigs. For the longest time, I didn’t really know what gigs to say no to until I watched a YouTube video that truly changed my look on gigs as a whole.
I follow a YouTuber/guitar player named Rhett Shull and he talks about three reasons for taking a gig. Those three stipulations/categories being…
- The money
- The hang
- The music
His idea is, these are three main points of judging whether you should take a gig. If two of these three things are present, then it’s a good gig to take. For example, if the money is good and the hang is good, but the music is just okay…it’s worth taking the gig. In the same manner, is the music is good and the hang is good, but the money isn’t great, he will still take the gig.
Thinking about gigs/jobs like this has changed my whole mentality specifically around gigging but also in regards to co-writing, worship leading, etc. When I was younger, I was eager to take ANY and EVERY opportunity just because I wanted to play/lead so badly. I was so hungry to just do it, I was willing to take any opportunity that was presented to me. I think that’s valuable to an extent and helps you hone your craft, but eventually to do this professionally you have to know when to make the calls of taking a gig or not taking a gig.
I truthfully believe that this method applies to so many other professions as well. In the same way that essentially you’re judging a job based off if it pays well/enough, the people you’ll be working with, and what job you’ll be doing.
Now I want to know…Everyone who chooses their gigs/jobs, does this resonate with you? What are some stipulations/check downs that you go through when choosing jobs/gigs?