In Part one of Making Money Singing, we looked at the various options singers might explore to locate paid singing work.
At the point where you have identified a desirable band(s) for you, it’s time to take the next steps in the process.
Perhaps you already have a clear picture of your ultimate band? Whether you do or don’t, as you begin to target bands, it becomes necessary to get answers to your most important questions about the band- so that you have the best fit for you.
First ask yourself, is this music something you really want to sing? Can you see yourself singing these songs? The band will not change their song repertoire for you.
Let’s look at some of the important questions you will want to ask a bandleader:
-Are you expected to supply a PA system and/or microphone?
-What is the location of rehearsals? What frequency, days of the week and what hours of the day? are rehearsals?
-How long has the band been together? Are they working now and how does the band get booked?
-Current amount, or projected amount of work, and the location of the jobs. Is this amount suitable for you (too much or too little)?
-Does this band specialize in one type of music?
-Who chooses the songs?
-What is the pay scale?
-Will there be choreography (Dance) in the performances?
-What is the attire (especially for women)?
-Is this a club band or an outside band
-Am I replacing a singer?
-Am I expected to play any instrument?
-Am I the only singer and will I need to sing harmony?
These are important questions to ask right from the beginning as a way to get you closer to identifying your ultimate working band.
End of Part Two.