When you gig so frequently, you learn and make mistakes on the job. It's perfectly normal, but you want to avoid making mistakes as much as possible. Even if it's a simple wedding, or you're asked to fill in for someone the day before, you need to always be ready.
Here are the top 10 things every freelance musician needs to have a successful gig:
Your Equipment is Ready To Go
Going to a gig or a rehearsal with your instrument sounding bad will not give people the best impression of you. Make it a daily habit to check if your equipment is in good shape so that you continue sounding awesome.
Have A Sturdy Music Stand
During wedding season, you're most likely going to be playing outside and possibly a windy area. Make sure to find yourself a sturdy stand for outdoor gigs and events so that you don't run the risk of having your music fall off while the bride is walking down the aisle. That's a no-no.
Keep an Extra Set of Strings Handy
This one's a given, but always worth mentioning nonetheless.
Sheet Music/Know the music
Again, really obvious, but make sure you or someone else at your gig has the music.
Knowing who the contractor and coordinators are for the event will help make your life easier. It's also not a bad idea to get their email or phone number just in case something happens.
Know where you're going? Good, double check to make sure you arrive in plenty of time.
Don't be the last one showing up for the gig. The rule of thumb is that if you're on time, you're late. Always arrive a little before the call time. It gives a bad impression if you're late. Always communicate with the coordinator your ETA. Oh, and make sure you have enough gas in the car.
You never know who you're going to meet so it's always a good idea to have business cards, make the investment to get high-quality cards, that will leave an impression.
People never forget first impressions. Make sure people perceive you as a professional. In addition, It's also important to make friendly conversation so that people know you're human.
Have a good time!
I can assure you that by achieving these 9 steps, then you'll have a smooth gig experience.