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Response to a Facebook post from Jeremy Pelt
Jeremy Yourpeltness Pelt
Yesterday at 8:51 AM ·
Thought of the day:
I don't know about other genres of music, but I feel as though Jazz might be the only one wherein your years of service will ultimately work against you.
Don't get me wrong, I've developed thick skin over rejection over the course of more than 30 years, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't leave me confounded. On one hand, rejection because you didn't do well numbers-wise at a club, though it sucks, is understandable to an extent. On the other hand, rejection based off the fact that my pedigree deems me too "straightahead" is often hard to swallow. Particularly, if "they" haven't checked out your discography or at the very least the latest album release. I suppose, it can (and has) worked both ways
...and THAT, my friends, is the cold hard reality of this business.
Some sad shit, right?
Now buy a book!
Those of us that exist without the luxury of notable and reliable management or a prominent booking firm are left to endure the tedium of “proving” ourselves, once and again, each time we enter into the arena of solicitation for a performance venue. This entails sending a full press package with promotional materials, photos, press clippings as well as our current recording. And yes, name recognition, years of experience and seasoning have no bearing anymore, considering that many of the persons that are appointed to do the actual bookings have absolutely no clue of who we are or of our pedigree. Nor do many often even care. Some frequently address you as if you’re just starting out or as if they’re doing you a favor by even CONSIDERING you for a booking.
This is the reality for the majority.