People often ask what it takes to be a working musician or artist in New York City.
No matter who you are, or how good you are at what you do, something very special about New York– or, I imagine, any other major arts hub– is that there is always, and will always be someone out there who is better than you. Some people find this intimidating, but for others it can be incredibly inspiring– there is always someone to learn from and an impetus to ceaselessly improve your craft.
But how can you as a musician or artist be heard above the static? How can you distinguish yourself so that you are the one that gets remembered, that gets the call for the next gig and the gig after that?
This year I’ll be exploring some of the skills and practices that I’ve observed in the best musicians, singers and artists in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville: those that I respect most– those that have managed over years to build a solid profession on being the best of the best. I’ll be interviewing some of them about their skills and sharing my own experiences and observations– and hopefully, you can share your comments as well.
For another spin on 2013, the Subdiversity blog will be joined by culture producers and curators karmeck360– (a.k.a. Morgan Karr and Lindsay Meck), contributing their own angle on the interaction between live and social media in the 21st century. More on that in days to come.