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Don’t Get Caught Talking the Talk!

It doesn’t take long playing music to have heard it all– the A&R people coming to the next gig, the big national tour, the record deal right over the horizon. The fact is, sometimes those things happen and (often) they don’t. Name-dropping, telling people about opportunities that haven’t yet materialized, or about all of the gigs to come damages your credibility– and your credibility is some of the most valuable currency there is when it comes to having others take you, your word, and your music seriously.

I’ll be the first to admit that I sometimes catch myself “talking the talk”. It’s tough to avoid in an industry based so strongly on people’s perception of status. But when I do catch myself, I feel awkward, as if I’m wearing a mask. It’s critical to take a step back and realize that gratuitous, unfounded talk is not only cheap, but also cheapens you and your image. Whether or not the possibilities on the horizon come to fruition, hopefully, you’re enjoying the gig for what it is now and putting in the hard work required to take your music to the next level.
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