I was just visiting my (I blush to admit) neglected sonicbids account. Yeah, I’m writing, recording and gigging locally. BUT- I plan to stretch out to a wider region for gigging.
A statistic that was tossed up by Panos on the site stated that “on average, it takes 9-10 submissions to get a gig“. Yikes! It never occurred to me that artists would receive only a 10% positive return on submissions, but yeah, that does make sense. HOWEVER – it leaves me in a quandary…
I’d really like to make my first “mini-tours” as efficient as possible in terms of dates and gas mileage. So my question is:
Given the anticipated rate of positive outcomes (bookings), is it better to submit my EPK to a lot more opportunities and then back out if I have to because of overlapping commitments? –OR- should I submit only when it looks like I can ABSOLUTELY make it to the gig? I’m not trying to shotgun here, but if I submit to a distant venue and it does come through then I may be looking at some serious monetary output for gas and food in order to make that one gig happen.
How do you road-weary, experienced troubadores deal with this scheduling snafu? I’d love to hear from you, thanks! ~Tom~