|Talent is important because the audience has come to trust me to bring in "unknowns" who will wow them.
1. All musical styles are worthy of the series! Don't be shy about it.
2. I put myself in the audience's place. Will they enjoy you? So, don't worry about my personal tastes. That's low priority. My audience comes first.
3. Entertainment value. You play to a huge (grassy) field. Can you wrestle it, or will you get lost somewhere about the middle of the front yard? There is a lot of talent out there that just doesn't put on a good show. Be a showman! This audience will love it!
4. Can I hear the lyrics? This is not a young party crowd. This audience is professional and educated. They don't care about loud. They care about mix.
5. Do you have a professional press kit? No brainer. If you're not getting call backs, take a look at your press kit. It says everything about you as a professional. Trust me, if I get a sloppy press kit, but the talent is there, I still toss it because I'm leary that the lack of professionalism will manifest itself at the series.
6. Be prompt and prepared. Even at a showcase. If you slow the evening down, you'll probably miss your Bear Creek concert sound check, too.
7. Finally, I'm a musician (albeit, one who now prefers song circles and my own couch), but I don't believe any music is bad if it gives anyone joy. I know what it feels like to be blown off or rejected. If there isn't a place for you at Bear Creek, it may just mean you've still got some polishing to do, or my audience won't appreciate what you do, so the venue may not be right, but I won't think you're not good at what you do. I think you have guts to do it at all!
- Christy Claxton