Ask Damian Erskine: Gigging half-heartedly?
Q: Have you ever felt, for any reason, like NOT doing a gig and if so, for what reasons?
A: Of course!! More important than the reasons why (there have been SO many), though are the ways in which it is possible to alter ones perspective so that it is not as dreadful.
I have been lucky enough to have kept my head above water for four years now after quitting all day jobs and JUST playing music. That also means that I have to take work I might not want to simply because I need the money. Even when I did work during the day, I would take most every gig I could for both money and just to play. If you ever feel like you’d rather do ANYTHING than play this gig tonight… consider this.
1. Even the most basic or crappy gig can be a chance to work on something. Sick of the blues and have to play a blues gig tonight? Try to only use 2 strings the whole time. Or try to use your thumb and index (plucking style, not slapping) instead of index and middle (but make it sound the same!) If you wish there was a challenge to the gig, make one for yourself! Play all night on ONE string!
2. Every-time I have a gig I just can’t believe I still have to take, I always say to myself that this DEFINITELY beats working a “real” job. Also, this “crappy gig” is going to pay my cell-phone bill this month, groceries, etc. I always joke that my mortgage is paid for $100 at a time (and it’s true!)
3. Honestly, if playing music with people is the worst thing to happen to you today, it’s a good day! Suck it up, Princess!! ;)
Truthfully, the way you feel about what you do is entirely up to you! Change your perspective of the moment and you can wind up really having some fun!!
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