Whether you’ve been recording music for twenty years or twenty minutes, there’s something you should know.
You WILL get frustrated.
Sometimes you’d rather have a root canal than spend another hour on that mix that just isn’t coming together.
It’s easy to think that there’s something wrong with you, that you don’t have what it takes.
Before you give into your frustration and sell all your gear on Craigslist, check out this great email I got from a long-time customer (and pianist) Ron:
“I wanted to reinforce what you have been saying for a long time. I recently got hired by a professional repertory theater as pianist for one of their musicals. It runs for 8 months, 125 shows…What really made an impact on me was the amount of work that goes in to making a production like this work. Most of the actors I’m working with have worked on Broadway and in a lot of movies, and yet they all work extremely hard to get the desired result. We have been doing 12-hour rehearsal blocks, 6 days a week for the last two weeks. It amazing what you can get done with that amount of time focused on a project.
So for me the myth of ‘it must come easy because you are famous’ idea is thrown out the window. A huge portion of their success is hard work and perseverance. I realize that if my mixing/engineering abilities are going to get anywhere its going to take a lot of focused work. All the support and services that you offer definitely help me keep that focus.”
Spot on, homey.
This reminds me of a question I answered on this week’s podcast.
A reader wasn’t happy with his mixes, and he was asking what gear he needed to be like the pros.
‘Tisn’t that easy, amigo.
But good things come to those who wait.
Keep at it. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
You’ll keep getting better.
Which reminds me…here’s a great place to get a fresh new song to mix each month PLUS some killer training on top of that:
Oh…and happy Mardis Gras!