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What Does It Mean To Be A Musical Entrepreneur? 

What does this mean for classical musicians in 2018? We're experiencing a shift where musicians want to create and not be binded by the politics of an orchestra.  There are more talented and dedicated musicians out there than ever before. Every single musician has an equal opportunity to grab a music lover's attention.So then we beg the question in the beginning of this post, what does it mean to be a musical entrepreneur and how do you become one?

I can share some good news and say that you already have…

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Is Talent Enough? 

Is Talent Enough?

"Eric, you're talented. But, talent is not enough"

Those words have defined who I am and how I wanted to be portrayed for the last 8 years.

Nowadays it's important to know that playing the violin very well isn't enough to have a sustainable music career. 

Here are some of the things I think about as a violinist:

Building Relationships

For musicians, building relationships are something outside the practice room that we need to get comfortable knowing how to do. We practice countless hours…

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Top 10 things You Need If You're A Freelance Musician 

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…

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Gratitude in the Freelance Community 

An important thing I've noticed in music recently is that it's important to treat your colleagues the way you treat yourself. Gratitude in a competitive gig/freelance economy comes a long way if you're trying to make it. 

When you're performing in a violin section, your stand partner is going to forgive you if you miss a note in a performance. We're only humans and it happens. Yes, you and your violin playing make an impression. But gratitude will help you continue getting work as a violinist.

There will…

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What kind of musician are you? 

When you walk around each corner of Massachusetts Avenue in Boston, you can't help but run into people with guitars, violins, cellos, and keyboards on their backs and under their arms. This is the exact thought that comes to my head while sitting at the Starbucks sitting across the street from the Berklee College of Music tower moments ago.There's a bit of nostalgia just sitting here where I used to do my music theory, and study my orchestra music with my earbuds in. Life as a student was good. 

There are…

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Biggest lessons from our violin/piano tour 

        We did it!

We crowdfunded our Indiegogo campaign, and we organized the performance in a city that we had to fly to. 

While we found a lot of success from the tour, there are a few bumps along the way. Many of the things that happened to us were unexpected, unpredictable, and out of our control. Here is a list of things that my colleague and I learned that we hope you can keep in mind when you set up your tour:

When you're flying for your tour, make sure you have a Plan A, B, and C. 

Even…

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When You Get The Call, Always Be Ready 

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I remember when I was in my youth and got offered to play a run of Thoroughly Modern Millie. It was one of the first times I got asked to do a paid opportunity, let alone a musical.  

Even thought it was my first paid opportunity, I was making excuses; "The cues aren't clear", or "the part is so marked up from the previous player and I can't read it" 

Back then, I didn't realize the importance of getting called the week prior to a piece you never played before. Sometimes, you don't have the…

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The Beauty Is In The Details 

Think about the last time you went to a concert.

Did you have a good time? 

If so, why was it a good time?

What was it about the venue, the musicians on stage, the people around you that made the experience memorable?

As a performer, I'm in the practice room and in rehearsals every day working on little things so that when you, the listener, drives out to see a show, I will do my very best to make the performance special

In music and in business, paying attention to the small things is important.

Be…

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Standing Out In A Crowded Performance Scene 

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There's a lot of noise out there and there are good players everywhere with opportunities out there for the taking. I'm here to tell you that there are ways to get even more interest towards your playing, and your personal brand. 

How do you stand out in an increasingly crowded performance scene?

Here are three things that come to mind in order to stand out and help you get paid gigs. So many, in fact, that you may have some to offer to somebody! 

Be Busy, Organized, and On time

My…

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