Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Northern California
Working with professionals (in any art form)
I had a guitar teacher who led Miles Davis' jazz band and his best advice to me was to treat music like a job in order to get good. I was younger back then and didn't get the concept of 1% percent inspiration 99% percent perspiration, but he believed it was a method of working and not talent or some instant moment of desire because those come in waves and also wane and thus cannot be relied on to fuel anything meaningful on the long term.
In another field I know a head chef who ran a large kitchen and he didn't care how talented his staff was coming in, but was more interested in people showing up, working, and wanting to learn new things. To become a pro in his eyes, it wasn't culinary school but getting an order and doing it over and over with increasing skill and efficiency. You worked into becoming a pro and he felt all fields are that way or should be that way.
I have a volunteer job where I work with a paid musical director and though he's like a lot of other musicians, the one thing I see from this guy who pays his rent with music is that there's that little extra ability to make things cohesive. I have only seen this in professional musicians. We can all get a song together or a gig, but to see this day to day, month to month, and year to year to string it together is a joy to watch and from seeing so many flaky amateurs, just amazing to see when a pro works so effortlessly and produces something with their instrument.
Music, or any field for that matter, could be done as a hobby but what separates the boys from the men, to borrow a term, is if a product/song/idea can be fully implemented.
How many of you out there have had experience with a professional and did they seem different from you than non-professionals (from the local barista, to musician, to artist, to carpenter, or whatever?)
Last edited by 63Blazer; 03-13-2014 at 01:44 PM.