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THINGS THAT DON’T TAKE TALENT

Zakk Jones

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Don’t make stupid mistakes…

I don’t care how talented you are, it truly only goes so far when you have professional considerations like writing emails, booking and coordinating musicians for a high-paying event, knowing how to deal with problems efficiently (like what happens when a venue doesn’t provide sound like they said they would?), and much more. The following list is just the tip of the iceberg on things that DON’T. TAKE. TALENT. And will surely save your ass someday, because trust me, I’ve MADE the stupid mistakes and am here to make sure you don’t do the same. Now read the list, write down your own, and start being the professional musician that you’re all capable of.  

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THINGS THAT DON’T TAKE TALENT:

Responding to emails/texts/calls

Upkeep of instruments

Emergency gig bag

Paying musicians upfront when you can

Coordinating rehearsal schedules

Coordinating your own schedule

Thinking ahead

Bringing the right tools for the job

Keeping records of your income and expenses

Understanding your taxes

Doing paperwork accurately and on time

Showing respect

Writing professionally

Going to support the local scene

Having pencils and pens everywhere

Making sure you have a damn pick

Showing up EARLY is showing up on time

Speaking clearly and audibly

Knowing when to listen

Knowing when to speak

Saying YES

Saying NO

Dressing appropriately 

Remembering why you make music!

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