By Christopher Knab
Why do I ask? Well, I can’t even count the number of phone calls, emails, and Facebook messages I get asking me to help a new artist or band “be a star”. I never have been able to understand the mindset behind that question.
Why should I, or ANY music business professional work for you for free just because you think you are so special, but have no track record of success?
Would you really ask your dentist to work on your teeth for free?
Would you ask your lawyer to work for free?
Would you ask any physician to work with you for free?
Would you ask a publicist to do your media work for free?
My point is this: What makes me or ANY OTHER music business professional different from any other professionals?
I think part of the reason I get this question is because newer acts are so caught up in their own ‘self’, that when they write a song, or perform in front of a small crowd and get a polite response…at that exact moment they give birth to a premature EGO! They fantasise that “if this small group of people like me then all I need is some connection to the music business who will recognise my unrealised dream”, and will be willing to stop whatever they’re doing to make them a star.
Well…NO THEY WON’T!!
Why? Because we are actually busy trying to make a living ourselves. We, like you, actually have bills to pay, like a mortgage or rent, utilities, car payments and car upkeep costs, doctor and dentist bills, credit card debt (maybe) and probably have kids in school and tuition to add to all our other commitments.
So, in that way…we are really not unlike yourself!
Please think about this. Never ask ANY music business professional to help you with your career for free. It is an insult and down-right RUDE to do so.