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Break into the Scene: A Musician’s Guide to Making Connections, Creating Opportunities, and Launching a Career Paperback – October 3, 2016
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"Break Into the Scene gets right to the point - a successful musician is more than a top-notch performer. Seth's book is an efficient, entertaining guide to all of the tools necessary to create your musical career."
-Paul Bryan, Dean of Students and Faculty at Curtis Institute of Music
-Angela Beeching, author of Beyond Talent
"I was a hardcore freelancer for many years and Seth's advice for getting into the business is
priceless. It's not being in the right place at the right time, It's being somewhere all the time. Every musician needs to know exactly what works in the freelance world and Seth's plain truths will get you gigs!"
-Jeffrey Lang, Associate-Principal Horn, The Philadelphia Orchestra
"As someone who has struggled with an irrational fear of networking and gigging, I'm so relieved that Seth has taken on the impressive feat of dissecting the art of music freelancing into an inspiring set of mindsets, mantras, and steps that anyone can take. If you're interesting in freelancing as a musician, this book is the first place you should start."
-Rob Knopper, MET Orchestra percussionist and founder of auditionhacker
"With this new book, Seth hits directly at the important matters for everyone, whether you're breaking into the scene, or already in it. We must be especially positive, proactive, aware of our behavior, and most of all, easy to work with. Not surprisingly, Seth is all of these things. Bravo!"
-Eric Reed, American Brass Quintet and The Juilliard School faculty member
About the Author
Seth Hanes is a musician, digital marketing consultant, speaker, and founder of musiciansguidetohustling.com, which is regularly visited by musicians all over the world. He maintains a busy career as a performer and teacher around the Philadelphia area. As a digital marketing consultant, Seth has worked with everything from multi-million dollar organizations, book publishers, and musicians from ensembles like the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. In addition to his professional activities, he enjoys reading, learning to play the banjo, and spending time at the dog park with his dog, who is coincidentally named Banjo. Seth can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Say hello on any social media platform at @sethhanes
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Seth has the ability to see the overall picture while also being able to offer specific and actionable advice which so many books lack. The very practical information in this book obviously comes from someone who has successfully executed the ideas himself rather than by someone who has spent their entire career teaching others how to do something they've never put into practice themselves.
I have 20 years in the music business and can say that the ideas in this book will absolutely translate into more and better work for any musician. Thanks to Seth for providing the music world with such a wonderful resource!
This is the kind of book that I wish existed back when I was starting out in the music world. Bravo to Seth for putting this out, and definitely get your copy!
Seth's book is a straight-to-the-point, no-nonsense guide written to help young musicians who have no idea what to do once they step out of the practice room and try to find gigs in the treacherous waters of the freelance musician world.
Beyond simply telling the reader what to do, Seth provides actionable steps and reasons to empower the reader to get started.
As I long time freelancer, I found myself nodding my head in agreement with pretty much everything Seth discusses.
Most importantly, however, is the fact that after 25 years, I still do many of the things that he discusses in his book on a regular basis WITH SUCCESS. I even found a few topics that were directly related to tasks that were buried at the bottom of my to-do list.
After reading Seth's book, I decided to elevate and finally completed them!
I also loved the story about the "one 11th grader" among hundreds of high-school, collegiate and graduate students that Seth has spoken to, during his "Always Follow Up" discussion who actually responded to his request to send a simple follow up after one of his seminars.
By following Seth's guide and taking simple and specific actions, a person trying to "Break into the Scene" or even "Stay on the Scene" will have a tremendous advantage over 99.9% of his/her peers who will never go further than their initial head nod of agreement.
Don't be among the 99.9%...follow the steps that Seth recommends.
Or do nothing...and leave more opportunities for me.
I have the Kindle edition AND the paperback and I have to say that the paperback is worth the extra money. Unlike most books these days, Break into The Scene features a gorgeous cover with a slightly rubberized texture, and quality pure white pages throughout. You'll want to make notes in this book as you're reading as well!
Highly recommended reading to all musicians interested in breaking out of the mold, and into the scene!
Not only was I provided with tools to help me as a freelance musician which I could immediately use, I also got many of my questions that I didn't have an outlet to ask about my profession answered. I improved my relationships with my network, almost instantly got gigs (got a $400 gig and a possible residency within 24 hours of reading), and got out of burnout after reading.
Seth answered all of my questions while reading, and was (and still is!) really invested in those who read the book.
I highly recommend reading, regardless if you're new at this or have been doing it for years. It profoundly affected the way that I approach my job as a freelancer.