The Gigging Musician Podcast

The Olympics and Live Music

August 13, 2021 Jared Judge
The Gigging Musician Podcast
The Olympics and Live Music
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The Gigging Musician Podcast
The Olympics and Live Music
Aug 13, 2021
Jared Judge

In this episode, Jared congratulates a few musicians on achieving the Gigging Musician’s version of Olympic medals.

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In this episode, Jared congratulates a few musicians on achieving the Gigging Musician’s version of Olympic medals.

What's up gigging musicians, it's Jared. And today I wanted to celebrate success. So obviously, we were just coming out of Olympic season here in the US. And you know what, there are a lot of similarities between Olympic athletes and musicians. And if I were an Olympic athlete, which I would never be, I don't have the body for it. I don't know my sport, I would definitely be a downhill super g slalom skier. So not really a Summer Olympics guy more of a winter olympics guy. But I don't take skiing or athletics as seriously as the Olympic athletes do. But the cool thing about Olympic athletes is that they compete at such a high level, it's, it's a lot of mindset, you know, they believe in their success. And they visualize their success, they can see it happening. In fact, you know, I, when I watched the Winter Olympics, and every Olympic sport is kind of similar. But I noticed that for the skiers, they always take a trip out to the course before the actual competition, and what they're doing, they use their hand and kind of visualize the terrain of the course. So they're visualizing what moves do they need to do, and visualizing what the result is of them taking those moves, which I just think is so cool. And because they have the right mindset, they know that it's achievable. And they can see a path to achieving it. You know, these, these men and women are really achieving great things, setting new records and winning the medals, you know, gold, silver, bronze, that kind of thing. And so I think there are a lot of parallels with music. You know, the obvious one is like musical achievement, musical technical achievement, how good at your instrument, do you get, and a lot of us particularly classically trained musicians, jazz musicians, go to school for that, you know, get a degree in it. But we all kind of take lessons from from our instructors, because we want to achieve great things. Same for songwriters, you know, you're always trying to improve at your craft to be the best possible songwriter that you can. But for me, the sport that I love to compete in, is booking well paying gigs, which is the whole premise of this gigging musician podcast. Because I think that that's the That, to me is the best way that I can contribute towards live music and art being a sustainable thing is by booking, well paying gigs for myself and others. And so what is the metal for booking well paying gigs? Well, right now, there really isn't one. There's just no organization that does that, particularly private event gigs. Those gigs, like they pay a lot better than the public events scene. But there are not that many organizations that celebrate that, particularly within music. Whereas if you look at the other vendors who are a part of the private event gigs like wedding planners and stuff, there are organizations that celebrate those people like the National Association of Catering Events where they do awards that you can win for being a spectacular salesperson or being the best caterer, etc. But none really for music. But that's why I'm actually really excited to share with you that my company book live, we have launched what we call the 100-Gig Award. And we've had several people win it in the past. But I particularly want to congratulate James gross of the shirts and skins band, which is a cover band based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, on achieving the 100-Gig Award. We award that award to musicians who have put 100 gigs, particularly well paying ones that use a contract and are fully booked through our software platform BookLive Pro that automates all of the band leading because we want to celebrate musicians who take what they do seriously, particularly those who want to book and play well paid gigs. And so James Gross has won the 100-Gig Award. That to me is our bronze medal. Because we also have had musicians who have won the 250 gig award, which is more the silver medal and you can win one and then win the next one and keep going higher and higher. And so that's where Pendra Snyder Pendra Lee Snyder of Viva La Strings, has won the 250-Gig Aword pretty recently. And on and on because the goal is to keep booking well paying gigs and celebrate the musicians who take what they do. See easily. And if you're somebody on this podcast who is looking to take what you do more seriously than I urge you to try out BookLive Pro, to become eligible for our 100 gig award and our 250-Gig Award, and maybe be the first to achieve our 500 gig award. I'd love to help you out with that. And that's kind of the whole point of this podcast is to help musicians become better at you know, the the booking and the planning of, of these well paying gigs. So that's all I got for you today. Thanks for tuning in. I hope this motivates some of you to take what you do seriously, because it's worth celebrating. And I think the work you're doing is is fantastic. Keep going. Never give up. And yeah, take a break from music every now and again to watch some, some sports because that's that's always fun too, and not something that I typically have had time for. But it's worth doing. It's very motivating. So, thanks for listening. I'll see you on the next episode of The Gigging Musician Podcast.