After nearly 10 years of making my own music as a hobby, I had accumulated a good bit of music equipment and a healthy knowledge of crafting high quality recordings. I had recently recorded my own band in a solar powered cabin on an island in northern Ontario, and it was time to start charging for my skills.
I cold emailed a local band that I had been hearing a lot about, and told them about a gig opportunity. They ended up playing the show and we met up afterwards. After a few more back and forth emails, I offered them an introductory discount - pay for one day of recording and I'll mix the songs for free - well a year later, we are finishing up a six song EP, with much more on the horizon.
I made some new friends AND I'm getting paid to do work that I am passionate about.
Take a chance and just approach the people you want to work with - help them out, in any way you can. If you genuinely care about seeing your clients projects succeed, you will guarantee yourself repeat business.
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