This book is for anyone who has decided they would like to be a solo performer of some kind; a One Man Band, a DJ, a stand up comic, a magician, etc. It covers how to define your act, target your audience, target your venues; set up your stage, sound system and lights. Get the gig, advertise and promote the gig. How to become a producer; create events, fund raisers, and profitable shows, and more! More
The Solo Performer
This book is intended to be a road map for the aspiring solo musician or performer. There is an established method for creating your act and landing jobs, and it is fairly simple; just as it’s simple to get where you’re driving to if you have a map. In the performing arts, there is a great deal of serious competition and numerous land mines along the way, so the more clearly your path is mapped out, and the better you understand the map, the better your chances of success. I will not only teach you how to read a map, I will teach you to draw your own map so you will be able to chart your own course. The map will be your best friend! It is also my hope that this publication will be useful as a reference book, not just something to read once and then put on a shelf.
There are procedures in common with all of the performing arts, and in this publication I will mostly address things that affect solo musicians. However, nearly all of these items also affect stand up comics, magicians, D.J.‘s, Karaoke hosts, Open Mike hosts; duos, trios, and bands. I will address each of those individually in this work.
Most of the information in this writing is of a “common sense” variety only if you have experience in marketing, advertising, promotion, public speaking, and event planning. The good news is, by the time you finish this book, you’ll know exactly what all that means and how to use it to advance your career.
You will learn how to define your act, define your material, target your audience, perform your material like a pro, and most importantly, get jobs! You will learn about booking agents, press releases, demonstration videos and CD‘s; also promotional techniques and advertising. You will learn how to create your own events- for profit or community oriented fundraisers. You will learn how to negotiate for your gigs, how to “dial in” a room for your sound system, how to use a few stage lights effectively, and how to keep your audience’s attention. Learn how to record your own background music for your performances, what equipment to use for the best results in the studio and on stage, and how to get invited back for more performances.
This is the book I wish I had to get started with! I would have had a lot fewer headaches and a lot more gigs! If you are serious about a career in music or the performing arts, this book will give you a head start on the competition!
The Solo Performer
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Defining Your Act- Who are you? What do you do? How do you look? Can you survive the lifestyle? Are you the right personality type to be an entertainer?
Chapter 2. Building Your Repertoire- What kind of music do you play? Who is your target audience? Define and polish your repertoire.
Chapter 3. Equipment- your musical instruments, sequencers, microphones, mixers and amplifiers, speakers, signal processors, lighting and controllers.
Chapter 4. Setting Up Your Performance Area- “Owning” the stage. Setting up your sound system and lights.
Chapter 5. Lighting- making your own controllers and light cans; using spots and floods.
Chapter 6. Lining up the Gigs- Find gigs, create gigs; host Open Mike, host karaoke. Define and target your venues. Playing with other people.
Chapter 7. Playing the gig- Your performance; Giving it Your Best. Having Fun!
Chapter 8. Advertising and Promotion- press releases, posters, flyers.
Chapter 9. Making Demonstration CD’s and DVD’s
Chapter 10. Writing Songs- Writing, performing, and selling your songs. Do’s and don’ts.
Chapter 11. Money- Your pay, expenses, contracts, taxes, insurance, booking agent fees, etc.