Every once in a while here at Educate and Entertain, we cut right to the chase.
For your skimming pleasure today, I present one short and sweet takeaway from each of the last twelve articles.
Links to each post are provided if you’d like to explore any of these topics in greater detail.
Diving Right In…
Here are twelve quick and hard-won tips from the last twelve articles:
#1. Treating your career like a business can mean less time for your artform (but more success)!
#2. When using social media, keep in mind that nobody’s there to buy what you’re peddling.
#3. To dramatically increase your chances of securing grant funding, have a conversation with the grantor before submitting.
#4. Just two new booking contacts each day = a database of 730 people to reach out to next year.
#5. If your email signature is nothing more than your name and contact info, you’re leaving gigs on the table.
#6. When your subject line sucks, nobody reads your email. Period.
#7. If “pushing” your message out doesn’t seem to be working, try “pulling” people in instead.
#8. Want to be a more engaging performer? Focus more on your audience, and less on what you’re doing.
#9. Spending as much as you can on quality sound is good business.
#10. If you want to know exactly what bookers are looking for, survey them. Their answers are gold.
#11. Competing for a gig with other performers? Mention the problems the booker will AVOID by hiring you.
#12. A day of school gigs can mean 494 miles driven, two meals eaten in the car, 185 students and 15-20 teachers seen, two school buildings visited, three shows, 12.5 hours away from home, two hours and ten minutes “on stage,” and $1550 earned.
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About The Blog
Since leaving a white-collar marketing job in 1992, Dave Ruch has been educating and entertaining full-time in schools, historical societies and museums, folk music and concert venues, libraries, and online via distance learning programs.
Along the way, he’s learned a great deal about supporting a family of four as a musician.
The Educate and Entertain blog provides articles, tips, encouragements, and how-to’s for regional performers (in any region) interested in making a great full-time living in the arts.