February 27, 2012
On cruise ships, us musicians have often the lightest workload (although some cruise lines are working hard to find extra things for us to do). This begs the question: “What do you do with all that free time?
Before I go on listing a couple of fun and interesting things to do, I just want to mention how important it is to make an effort to come up with something, otherwise you’ll be tempted to stay in bed all day or take the partying to unhealthy (and unprofessional) extremes. This may lead to a less than desirable mental attitude, which can hurt your performance on the bandstand. more info
February 7, 2012
When you submit a demo of your band or your solo act, it’s important to submit a well put together package that’s going to increase your chances to be considered. Here are a couple of mistakes to avoid when submitting your material.
1. Don’t submit a type of artist or band that we’re not looking for
The type of entertainers that we describe on the Jobs & Auditions page on our site are the ones that we’ll be able to find jobs for. It is thus a waste of your time and resources to submit entertainers that don’t fit any of the descriptions on our site. You can always email us with questions about this before you send out your stuff.
2. Don’t forget to include contact information
3. Don’t submit inadequate video
A lot of the video demos we receive are either not current, put together in a hurry, or of low quality. Make sure that you submit video of the exact personnel that you’re planning to bring on a ship, taylor your video exactly to the needs we’ve listed, and send us good, high-quality video. Some send us only a song or two even though we ask for 10-12 short samples. Someone that submits an out-dated package, sends the message that they’re not willing to make an extra effort to put together an up-to-date package which doesn’t speak for his/her determination to land a job.
We have an easy way for you to upload your movies to our server. Contact us for details when you’re ready to submit yours.
4. Don’t forget supporting material
A great video demo must be accompanied by an extensive repertoire list (categorized by style of music), bios, and headshots (for soloists) or band photos (for bands).
February 3, 2012
We are currently looking for the following:
- Good cover bands (4, 5 and 6-piece)
- Dance bands (4-piece), light top 40, ballroom dance music and jazz standards.
And, we’re always looking for good orchestra musicians with excellent sight-reading skills.
Please visit this page on our site to learn how to apply for these jobs.