Six Reasons Employers Should Hire Touring Musicians

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2. You're Making Life More Tolerable

This morning, I read an article about a chef who killed and boiled his wife over four days, then pulverized her skull. The world is an awful place filled with tragedy and horribleness. It always has been and it always will be. But you know what? It's OK, because we have honest and pure things like food, the ocean, that pug that rides a skateboard and art to help us remember that everything isn't soul-crushingly terrible. While you're certainly not erasing any of the evils of the world, supporting the people who make art and helping it flourish makes This Toilet Earth reek a little less of sadness.

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1. It Makes You Look Cool

What if, like, the band gets famous or something? Then you get to talk about how you helped make it all possible. You're the big hero of the day, aren't you? You can finally get close to obtaining that feeling of importance you were searching for when you ascended to your mighty throne of management. Maybe some day they'll paint a stupid mural of you and the successful musician shaking hands like Elvis and Richard Nixon.

Whatever, man, just stop making life so awful for us losers who are trying to have a good time by sleeping in decrepit vans. It is hard enough out here.

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17 comments
forthemusicians
forthemusicians

Why would you say that 95% of people who do anything completely suck at it? If that were accurate, the World would be in complete Chaos. It's definitely not Perfect but to say 95% essentially implying Mediocrity is King throughout the World, is obviously not accurate. By that Raionale, nothing beneficial would ever be accomplished in any field by anyone ever. Strange thing to say, to say the least. 


Laura Dee
Laura Dee

Try putting "stay at home mom" on a resume and see where that gets ya. (Fyi, It gets you a horrible job watching other people's kids instead of your own. Ugh. No one else will hire a woman who's been out of the workforce for a length of time.)

LEAH Osborne
LEAH Osborne

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Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

but in the interview just ask them "what do you think of jay-z?" and if they give any answer other than "he sucks." point your finger at the door and say "get the f@ck out of my office."

JackieOhNo
JackieOhNo

Wow. Was this written by a child? Because that was the weakest argument I have ever read. I need to be able to depend on my employees to be in town more than a few weeks, sporadically. 

Johnathan
Johnathan

What about when they ask for the month off so they can go on tour?

matthewrz2013
matthewrz2013

I rather higher some who is less delusional, has great former experience at the job position, a decent education, clean criminal record, has realistic goals and expectations and appears to know their stuff. Just because you're in a band, doesn't mean you should get royal treatment. Musicians are just a dime a dozen in this day of age.. 

George Whittington
George Whittington

I watched a documentary about 'Big Star' last night. Why is there no documentary about 'Pavlov's Dog'?

George Whittington
George Whittington

Your assuming local musicians haven't gone through the same tribulations or worse.

Brandon Herges
Brandon Herges

You know, those are actually pretty good points. Former tourers take note: I'd bet if you spun this right in the resume as far as your duties, then elaborated in the cover letter about those duties, what RFT just said, the general communication skills that are involved in booking/performing, etc, you'd be a winner

darrylgilland
darrylgilland

@JackieOhNo Then you sound like a jackass to work for, sorry. There are such things as time-off requests for a reason.

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