If you're trying to build a strong reputation as a musician, enough is not enough.
I talked about this idea in my article How to be a Full-Time Musician: Part 2, but I think the idea bears repeating here.
Simply put, if you have the dirty habit of doing just enough work to get by on a gig, you'll never achieve greatness.
Yes, absolute statements like this are generally to be avoided, but I've yet to encounter a truly great musician who doesn't consistenly go above and beyond in all that they do.
The players who do the work are the players who get the work.
If you consistently exceed the expectations of the musicians you work with, you'll no doubt develop the reputation of a great musician. Word will travel, and opportunities will present themselves.
Here are some ideas for putting this idea into practice:
That list should get you started.
Question: What are some other ways you've found to exceed the expectations of the musicians you work with? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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