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The 10 Essentials of Being a Standout Session Musician Everyone Wants to Hire

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So you've just been hired for a recording gig with your favorite artist, and you're stoked. Congratulations! If you're new to the scene, you may want to consider some of the following tips to ensure you get called back for future jobs. You want to leave a positive, memorable impression on any producers, writers, or engineers contracted for the project, keeping in mind the potential to be added to their coveted databases of must-use session players.

Being a highly sought-after session musician requires you maintain a keen sense of professionalism, exhibit unmatched musicality, and possess strong interpersonal skills. The following 10 tips will help guide you towards becoming everyone's favorite go-to player.

How to Become a Working Online Session Musician

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Building a career in today's music industry is about finding creative solutions to old problems. Whether you're a singer/songwriter, a member of a band, or a gigging musician for hire, you have to face the issue of how to support yourself while developing your skills, fanbase, contacts, and resources. For many, this is an uneasy juggling act that requires a lot of focus, commitment, and determination. There's no shortage of competition, but there have never been more opportunities available to musicians than there are today. The question becomes how to take these opportunities and turn them into a profitable career. There's no one single answer to this question, but there are a number of trailblazers out there today earning income from rethinking how to approach their careers. Every day at AirGigs, we see musicians, vocalists, and audio engineers making solid income doing remote sessions from their own recording studios. These are folks who have learned to harness their skills and talents and market them successfully to a new audience – which are all key attributes and components that go into becoming a working online session musician.

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.