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Getting Pro 'Gigs'

Julie JD
October 11, 2011

So you think because you're becoming a rock star, that means you don't need a resume to apply for jobs. WRONG! You totally need one. But it's not like you're everyday resume like you're applying to A&W. This is a special resume that is industry specific. It's called a curriculum vitae or c.v. This lists your relevant experience for the music industry. You need this for when you apply for grants (cough cough) or when you see a job posting at a recording studio.

First you always start with your name. Put your stage name first (if any) and then underneath your real name. Then all your contact information: phone number, email address, website, address.
In a regular resume you start with your objective, in this business no one cares, they just want you to get right to the point. So you start with your education. In this case it would be musical education. If you took some lessons, put them down. If you took a music program in college, put it in there. You could even mention if you attend regular seminars to keep yourself up to date on the latest. Put down in bullets the dates when you took the classes, what kind they were and where/with whom. For example 2001-2003 clarinet lessons, Bill Rolfe.

Now it's time for your performing experience. Here you need to list everything you've done. And I mean everything. Since you're just starting out I would even list the performance you did when you were in high school. Hell, I even have a singing performance I did in France when I was a teenager. List as much as you can. With this list you put the date of the performance, what you did in the performance, the place, and the city. For example June 1, 2009 Festival of Friends, singer of Audioified, Gage Park, Hamilton. Even if you've been in several bands, I'd put it in.

Then you have artist experience. This section is for the various types of experience you had that would still be relevant but may not be educational or performing. For example, putting together shows, if you produced, recorded or performed on an album, or if you're working on a project like composing music for a play or instructing a choir.

Finally last but not least you put your awards. This is where you would put the Juno awards you won. But for now, if you won a writing contest, or got a certificate of acknowledgement from an institution this is where it goes. Anything that you got recognized with for your musical talent. Write the year, what the award was and what for. For example: December 2005, Certificate of Recognition from the Province of Ontario, representing the province and country as a member of the Burlington Teen Tour Band. It may sound lame but it will help you, and also make you feel accomplished seeing all your experience listed on some paper.

- Julie JD -