This list was prepared one day at CBS during an impromptu discussion to find ways for oboist, Alan Vogel, to become a recording musician. The date was sometime in the early 1980’s. After realizing what he must do to succeed as a recording artists, he seemed to lose interest…
The Ten Commandments for Certain Success as a Recording Musician
- You assume everyone is trying to take your job.
- You act mildly seductive to all composers and contractors.
- You demand to be the center of attention (questions, jokes, excessive noise, showing up one minute before the downbeat, etc.).
- You evaluate what everyone can do for you and rate their importance to you.
- You adopt a cunning, scheming, calculating attitude at all times, but never show it.
- You assume all jobs are yours and act very offended when you are not called.
- You pretend to be concerned about the welfare of your colleagues (on the same instrument of course) in order to expose their weaknesses.
- You laugh loudly at all contractors and composers’ jokes.
- You pretend you are desperately in need of every job even if you have a million dollars in the bank.
- You have no independent social life; all your friends are in the music business.