Working in the audio/music business can bring many situations, both good and bad. One moment you can be flying high from having been booked on a great gig to feeling way down because something didn’t pan out as planned.
Sometimes you can be doing everything right but it still falls apart on the finishing line, like what happened to this woman who shared her story on Reddit, which now, unfortunately, is deleted.
This woman was booked on a tour as a backing musician, it was for one of her favourite artists and they loved her and wanted her to join the tour.
She signed all the papers and was excited and ready to go on the road.
However, she gets a phone call and it’s the management. They are calling to say that unfortunately, she will not be going on the tour after all and that they have found a replacement.
Of course, she is arguing that she has already signed the contract but, of course, there a clause saying that if there’s any security or threat against the act they are allowed to terminate the contract. In this case, the “threat” was towards the image of the band…
Instead, they hired a male, and not any random male person around, but her friend who had also applied for this position.
She, as anyone would be, was broken by this.
This is, hopefully, a rear incident and something none of us have to experience in our careers.
How do you deal with situations like these?
Doesn’t matter if it’s a big, or small opportunity lost, it can still hurt and can put you in a difficult situation, economically speaking.
I have been there and sometimes it still happens that sessions get cancelled or rescheduled for a later date. Once I was even scheduled to go to Spain for two weeks of live-sound work only to have it cancelled a week or two before, and as you can imagine, I was pissed.
In these situations it’s important, I think, to give yourself time to be angry and upset about it before accepting it and moving on.
The good thing with experiencing these situations is that you can learn from them, for example, you can start taking a deposit before every session so if the artist cancels, you are not left completely broke.
It can also make you realise that you can’t put all your eggs in one basket, which I have done myself, thinking, “Oh, this project will come and I think they will pay me this, etc.” Before everything is clear, as in, dates and rates are decided, and I would actually go as far as saying until you press record, everything can happen which can leave you either empty handed or pocket “filled” with money.
Therefore, it’s a good idea to have a few other projects in the pipeline so if one gets cancelled you are not back at square one.
Is this something you have experienced in your career? How did you deal with it? Let me know in the comments below!