Let’s face it, it is not easy to make it as a musician. Sure it is every musician’s dream to make the big time. To go on world tours. To be a rock star. To sell a million copies of an album. Not trying to bust your dreams, but not that many make it.
It takes more than just being a very good musician. It also takes being at the right place at the right time. You could be an excellent guitarist and never quite make it because you were never at exactly the right place.
Hey, maybe some of you will make the big time, but it still could be 5, 10 years down the line. In the mean time are you happy living in you parents basement waiting for your big break until you’re 45 cause you don’t have a real job? Maybe you’re OK with that and your parents don’t mind having a 45 year old child living with them. If that is the case, more power to you.
But, if you’re not OK being jobless, living with your parents until you die, You might be happy to know there are ways of making money as a professional musician without making the big time.
One of the ways you can do this playing for weddings. I know, probably not what you wanted to here. Wedding music may not quite be your alley, but a good musician is a good musician. A good musician is versatile and can play many different types of music. Including the softer more romantic music.
Doesn’t mean you have to completely ditch your acid rock or heavy metal. Just means you need to add some new songs to your collection. Remember this is to help you make a living as a musician, or at least get by until you make the big time.
Yes, if you are playing weddings you do have to be selective about what you play. Not just any selection of music will do the trick. If you have ever seen the Wedding Singer before with Adam Sandler, you know this is true. Love Stinks is not what the people are going to want to hear on their wedding day. For that matter neither is Eruption. Just like Adam Sandler if you are playing that type of music you are libel to get decked by the bride’s father.
Ok, maybe you just cannot get used to the idea of playing the romantic wedding type music. Maybe, just maybe you can make a compromise and be a DJ at a wedding. You can also make some decent money as a DJ.
Now you probably thinking Ok, I think I can do this. It is not exactly what I want to do, but I can make a few bucks while I am waiting to get where I want to be.
It still isn’t going to real easy it is still going to take some work on your part. You need to get know as the type of musician or DJ people want at there wedding. They don’t want just anyone; they want someone that is experienced, someone that can really make their wedding day special. How do you go about getting this type of recognition?
Diana (a professional Wedding Planner) tells exactly how to do this, She says “Having someone who’s knows the local DJs of band will help
make sure that you get the right person for you wedding, especially if you
are planning a destination wedding a distance from where you live.”
That’s right you need to get in with the wedding planners. They are the ones that people come to when they are planning their wedding and they are ones that are going to get you the business.
Just a little food for thought, Being a wedding singer or DJ may not be where you want go, but it just may help you get there.