I give credit to my friend and fellow musician here on the Island, Andy Pitts, for this blog post today based on a recent conversation.
#5 You have so many gigs that your day job is suffering.
#4 People actually know you from the 1 or 2 bands you play in... not from the 5 -8 restaurants you used to make your money from playing "mood music."
#3 You bring one instrument to your gigs. You don't have to drive around with a 5-piece rhythm section in your car because...WHO KNOWS what instrument will be needed because, well... WHO KNOWS who is actually showing up for the gig.
#2 The Restaurant owner pays you and then lets you go home after you've played for 30 minutes because it is 40 degrees outside and you are trying to create a mood on your acoustic while dealing with frostbite.
#1 You are not asked to play every Irish drinking song you know in the St. Patty's Day Parade on a float for 3 hours!