Sequel to the last episode, the general public need be made aware of significance of the professionals of music. Squashing the longstanding ideology that doing music is not a profession, only a hobby will take a lot on the part of professionals themselves. I recall a little scene between a mother hen and hawk. The hawk tried hard to take one of the chicks but the mother hen used all her wit and might to fend it off; such the result of determination to protect one’s space – niche.
To change the orientation and earn the respect of the populace two things need be practiced day in day out; everyone associated with music professionally have to – hone their skills and blow their horn.
• Hone your skills
Skill levels have got be upped. Learning and unlearning must be engaged. Exposure to new materials, if need to travel far or spend to get this then so be it (internet has made this a lot easier), attend seminars, concerts etc, seeing how things are done in other climes but hold still to your originality. Hours need be dedicated to rehearsals, perfecting all that require perfections. Treat every gig as your last, give your best. Try out new genres, mix up your style, avoid being stereotypic, there must be a glaring difference when a professional handles music from just anybody.
• Blow your horn
This may start with being proud of your work, previous posts reiterated the nobility of music profession. Blow your horn, if you don’t, who will? Educate the general public, create awareness about what you do, let all and sundry know about it. Porchmusic box website is designed to address this. Support your own (other professionals), support their “hustle” as we say, win for one is a win for all in the long run.
Music professionals have to protect their area of expertise. Everyone can sing, but we are not all pros at it. Everyone with hands can beat a drum, but not all have got the “wow effect” on it. So, hone your skills and blow your horn.
Author- TEMITAYO SHOLUADE