It has been just two years since I stood outside Steve’s music room in 100F heat hunched over his patio photographing mallets in the blazing hot sun. I had no idea that a year later we would be launching a music poster line with J.W. Pepper and introducing our creations to the music industry. But, all of this didn’t come about without planning.
My initial plan was to create new graphics for Steven’s website that would be “PIN” worthy on Pinterest. I planned ahead of time to bring matte boards of various colors, I planned to create negative space in the photographs for text, and I was prepared when I arrived. The results was beautiful images which incorporated Steven’s “Raybineisms” (words of wisdom) and when we were ready to approach national music industry distributors with our motivational posters I was prepared and called J.W. Pepper
- Are you chronically late for rehearsals and performances;
- Do you forget to pack essential musical equipment when you perform;
- Do you bring the necessary music to engagements and do you practice your parts in advance of the performance;
- Do you bring the appropriate clothing for shows; Do you return all phone calls, texts, messages and emails promptly;
- Are your instruments in proper playing conditions at all times; If you’re a band leader, do you pay your musicians in a timely manner?
If you answered “yes” to one or more of these scenarios, you are not sufficiently prepared for your obligations as a contemporary musician. Think ahead and anticipate what is expected of you as a professional musician. Above all, be prepared; be prompt and plan ahead for all musical situations.
How has a lack of planning affected your life?
Did you lose a gig? Where you asked to leave a team, or band group because of your chronic procrastination or preparation for the gig?
If you know of a good way to stay prepared leave a comment below. Share your expertise and experience so others may not have the same fate.