What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Constantly! I love learning new songs and practicing to get them performance-ready. Also working with my looping device which allows me to layer multiple guitar and vocal 'tracks' together in a live situation. It's great fun! I also like to stay on top of innovations in equipment and technology that can enhance my sound and performance, particularly new guitars and updated looping devices.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Chance, really. I've played guitar and sang since I was a teenager. In my early 20's, I heard a guy playing at a bar who, sadly, was not very good. In a moment of boldness, I stated that I could do better - which was within earshot of the bar manager. He 'hired' me to play for free a few days later. That led to me replacing that other guy and a regular paid gig. I've been doing it ever since! First, as a side job, playing occasional gigs. And now, music is my living, and I'm constantly humbled and amazed that I have the opportunity to do what I do!
What types of customers have you worked with?
Most of my work is bar and restaurant gigs. 3 or 4 hour shows on weekends, weeknights, and happy hours. But I also play plenty of house parties, weddings, corporate functions, and other private events, and also host Open Mic Nights.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I recently landed a gig playing at Gila River Arena (formerly Jobing.com Arena), playing music before and after Arizona Coyote's hockey games at their Coyote's Terrace Lounge. I had the opportunity to play at three games toward the end of this season, and I'm looking forward to more for next hockey season. Go 'Yotes!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
That while many performers - myself included - know literally hundreds of songs, your favorite might not be one of them! But I will definitely learn anything I can with some advance notice.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
They should know that I've spent more than half my life honing my craft, and I never stop learning.