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It’s Your Reputation

November 20, 2012

A reputation is not something one develops overnight, in fact to establish a good, reliable and trustworthy reputation in the music business one must often dedicate years of time into building connections, impressing the right people and ignoring the woes of worrying about what the wrong people think. Although nothing guarantees you can build a good reputation and leave a musical legacy here’s a few tips that will no doubt help the up and comers in beginning to establish themselves in the music business.

NEVER STAND AROUND
This is NOT a 9-5 government construction contract… in fact depending on your role you will not be going home or to the next town until the show is torn down/loaded out etc… so if you find yourself standing around looking bored show some initiative and find someone you can help or something to do.

ALWAYS ASK WHAT ELSE CAN BE DONE
Similar to the point above when you’ve completed your set task(s) ask whomever is in charge what else you can do to help. Showing initiative and going the extra mile will always pay itself off with dividends.

DON’T BE SCARED TO TELL THE TRUTH
This is different than lying. A lot of people in the business feel they need to either walk on glass, or sugarcoat conversations for fear of offending some industry professional when in reality 9 of 10 industry professionals would rather your (well-thought-out) honesty as opposed to having more smoke blown up their asses.

NEVER LET THEM SMELL YOUR FEAR
Getting into a new industry is a nerve-racking experience to say the least and when you fumble many people will be there salivating with teeth showing just ready to tear you apart. No matter how nervous you are, tackling whatever task you have with confidence will set you apart from your peers. And don’t be afraid to ask if you don’t know what to do! It’s much easier to ask a question then to have to redo a task that was done wrong.

ALWAYS BE MINDFUL OF WHAT YOU SAY OUT LOUD
Not to contradict my honesty point above but one must be mindful of who is around when they are sharing their opinions. There is a big difference between telling a band what they need to work on when they’ve asked your opinion vs. shit talking a band when they are on stage and having their agent/manager hear.

ALWAYS BE TRANSPARENT WITH MONEY
Too much of this industry was founded on white lies and subtle ways to hide profit from artists. Despite the status quo being set, I am a firm believer that one must ALWAYS be transparent when discussing money and payouts.

At the end of the day, your reputation is only as good as your name and only you have the power to ensure whether that will be synonymous with hard-working, trustworthy or shit.

-Josh


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