Trick question! As far as I can tell, we are all natural performers.
Observe a young child. Pay attention to how uninhibited they are. Ever notice how freely they express themselves without fear of saying the wrong thing, or doing the wrong thing? Case in point, my four-year old can’t carry a tune, but hams it up like a rock star and actually asks me to capture his performances on video.
On the flip side, this same lack of inhibition sometimes leads to very loud and attention-grabbing public displays of displeasure when he doesn’t get his way.
In Part I of this post, I suggested that we owe it to ourselves and our audiences to be able to answer the question “Why should someone pay to hear me play?” I also intimated that we are all capable of answering this question, finding our niche, and becoming “irreplaceable.” Naturally, that leads us to the question of how…
How Do You Make Yourself Irreplaceable?
Think back to Econ101 and the concept of supply and demand.
I took a class in graduate school which dealt with the business side of pursuing a career in music. It was a great class, but forced many of us to confront the reality of the music industry in a way that many of us had never done before.
On one particularly memorable day, the teacher started off the class by asking us a simple but direct question that silenced the room.