So… yesterday I was approved and retained to mix a project produced by Grεtchen Wιlson. Last year I had the privilege of working on one produced by Dr Drε (character hiding those names because this is intended for you guys, not for the internet at large).
For anyone working in the pro/semi-pro scene now, or aspiring to open a studio down the road, if I can offer any advice for getting onboard with name acts like that its this: You will have to prioritize the time investment you spend building relationships. There are limited hours in a day. When you accept work, regardless of whether its for music, film, or video game audio, base that decision on your clients social circles and sphere of influence first before the caliber of their artistic skill.
As of last year, I began to realize that the less talented artists who have real, tangible, verifiable connections with anyone influential need to be kept at a ridiculously high priority level. Not that you would ever neglect the people who don’t. But …I had a hunch about this a few years ago, and now I hope (at least) that the high payoff for that is starting to show. Adequate skill + good character fitness + great connections is greater than extraordinary skill + good character fitness + mediocre (or no) connections.
I also realized something very important the other day when reflecting on this. The quality of loyalty is the one common thread between the opportunities I received as a bi-product of those relationships vs the ones I didn’t. It won’t guarantee you make it to the top, but it at least buys you the chance to move to the next level when someone you’ve been faithful to decides you’ve earned it.
To some of you, this is like ‘duhhhh’. And it should be. But the reality is that when you’re tasked with making career moves, in the moment, its very easy to get your priorities confused when what you’ve trained yourself to primarily focused on is your equity, income, and bottom line. And when your natural strength is not your people skills.
Thanks for listening… and happy 2019 to everyone here!