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How to Get Hired as a Session Musician

The Wrecking Crew, a group of 1960s studio musicians made famous by producer Phil Spector (via musicradar.com)

A couple of weeks ago, we explored what it takes to be a session musician and how to stand out as a player in the professional world. Dedicated and talented session musicians can make up to $100,000 a year – and sometimes even more, if they’re really in demand. But how do you get hired for that first gig that leads to all the other opportunities? How much should you charge? Would it benefit you to join a musicians’ union? Here’s everything you need to know about breaking into the session musician business:

Do You Have What it Takes to be a Session Musician?

The Wrecking Crew, a group of 1960s studio musicians made famous by producer Phil Spector (via Star Tribune)

If you’re looking for a career in music that allows you to play new songs every day, meet and work with some of the most gifted people in the industry, not have to deal with obnoxious paparazzi, and can actually pay really well, then pursuing a career as a session musician may be the right move for you. However, being a session player isn’t necessarily something that every musician is cut out to do – it requires a lot of hard work and dedication, and that one amazing solo you’ve practiced for eternity isn’t going to get you many gigs.