Alright, now that we’ve discussed the importance of authenticity and attraction, let’s get into secret number two.
Secret #2- Infiltrating The Secret Societies Where Top Musicians Hang Out.
Understanding the source of attraction is the name of this game, however learning where to be attractive is just as important. The goal here is to make yourself attractive to other musicians and in order to do that you need to know where they hangout and congregate.
In other words, you’ll need to know the wide variety of places where your potential band mates might be looking for a person like you. And I’ll tell you, there are quite a lot of them, which is a good thing because although we’re interested in the quality of players that we connect with, we’ll have to sort through a quantity to let the proverbial cream rise to the top.
So these secret societies that I’m speaking of exist in two main categories:
Online and Offline.
By online, of course, I’m referring to places that exist on the internet and offline are places that exist in the “real world”.
Some real world examples would be places like music stores, performance venues, and college campuses.
All 3 of these are great places to connect with other musicians. There is great power in connecting with people in real-life settings. For one they get to meet you up close and personal, have a conversation and start to formulate their own perception of your character and personality. I mean seriously this is how things have gotten done for thousands of years before the internet was ever dreamt of. You need to take advantage of these real life situations every chance you get when trying to connect with other musicians.
However there is a major problem here. That problem being that you actually have to be in these places in order to make these connections. As we all know, being in different places means you have to dedicate time to be there.
The more time you have to spend somewhere takes away from time you could be spending elsewhere. Make sense? So what’s the solution?
Well one good solution is to not only spend the time in these places when you can but to take advantage of the online places where musicians gather as well.
So what are these places that I’m referring to?
Well they all fall under an umbrella know as Online social Networks. Depending upon your age group, you probably already take part in some of these communities. However the goal here is to be specific about who else is in the community. Or who you make a point to connect with in these communities. What I’m saying is that some of the best communities for connecting with other musicians are also occupied by non-musicians as well. So you have to look around a bit and find out who’s who.
Now a few online communities that I like to use to connect with other musicians are “the big 4”. Those of course being Myspace.com, Facebook.com, Youtube.com and Twitter.com.
Now at the time of this recording Facebook.com has recently eclipsed Myspace.com as the number one online social community according to Alexa.com. Now bigger isn’t always better, but it still stands for something. So you’re going to want to take advantage of all four of these communities at the very least.
There are several more of these communities intended for connecting with like-minded people and more seem to pop up every day. Online social networking is one of the biggest growing trends in the world today.
You need to make the decision right now to get involved while these communities are still relatively young. Like anything else that promises a big return on your investment of time, it’s better to get in early.
Now if you’re one of the people who is a bit technologically challenged, just take it slow and feel your way around these communities until you start to understand all of their features in greater detail. It’s not as scary as it sounds. All you need is a computer, web access and a working internet browser, such as Internet Explorer or Firefox.
However the Big 4 online social networks are comprised of millions of users on a daily basis and not all of them are musicians, so you’re going to want to dig a little deeper to find smaller communities that are comprised of only musicians as well.
You can find these places by doing a Google search for “Online Musician’s forums”.
There may not be as many people in these various forums, but they are all musicians, which makes them more qualified to help you accomplish your goal, obviously. More importantly there are a ton of these small communities out there. Just start looking through a few of them and smuggle yourself into the ones that you feel will be more beneficial to you.
However, there is a huge problem staring you in the face right now… Now that you’ve smuggled your way in, what are you going to do to stand out? Which leads us to secret number 3. But before we touch on this secret I’d like to address something first…
Some of you listening right now are probably saying, “Steve I already use online social networks and I have not been able to make any kind of progress connecting with musicians in a way that attracts them to my band.” Well I hear ya and guess what? That’s because you and 99% of the people using these communities are doing everything the ass backwards way.
The right way to use these communities is spelled out in great detail in the Jam Room Manifesto Course. The reality of why you aren’t having any success is going to hit you like a ton of bricks when you pick up your copy of the course and dive into the chapter about these communities. So you’re going to want to do that if you want to be in the 1% that actually has a clue about how to use online social communities the right way.
**Again the course will launch on January 15th, 2010 and I’ll only be making 200 copies available.
But for now, I have a home work assignment for you…
If you are using Social Media Sites, go ahead a tweak the message you are sending out into the world about yourself. Just be yourself. Be authentic. Make yourself approachable.
If you are not using these websites, then your assignment is to set up profiles at the “Big Four”… Facebook.com, MySpace.com, Youtube.com and Twitter.com.
Also make it a point to catch tomorrow’s secret because I’m going to reveal an important concept that know one has ever taught you before. Why? Because not many people know about it. It’s going to completely take everything you thought you knew and turn it on it’s head.
See You tomorrow!