What’s up! I’m back with another episode on ship life. In this episode, I’m going to be covering how to be a musician on ships. So you’ve got questions I’ve got answers. Most cruise lines have an agency that send musicians out. There are other cruise lines where you can apply directly to them. My recommendation is: Get an agent. The agent usually takes their cut, but they take care of everything for you. So, if you’re interested I’ve included a couple large agencies down in the description below that you can check out their website. If you’re interested in applying, that’s up to you. So, what does it take to be a musician on a ship? So, first thing I want to cover is the type of position you can get on the ships. There are a multitude of different types of positions, but, generally speaking, There’s solo musicians, duos, trios (not as common) quartets, party bands, and then there are orchestra musicians Which is like the house band kind of thing. I personally have experience in a Jazz Quartet, which was more of a lounge band kind of thing I was also in a duo where I played guitar and I sang along with a buddy of mine, Lacey, who also sang. And I did a little bit of solo work as well. So, the first thing you want to do is create a demo video of yourself or your group with at least 10 songs and a minimum of 30 seconds each song. Production value doesnt have to be phenomenal but it does help. It’s not the number one thing, but it certainly helps the person who’s deciding stick around a little bit longer and listen to what you have to offer. Make sure you also have a solid repertoire. If you’re a party band, you have to make sure you’re playing the appropriate party band tunes. Remember, your demographic is like 60 years old and up. So, they’re probably going to want to hear a lot of stuff that’s from the 80s and earlier. And for a party band, you’re probably going to want a repertoire of at least 250 to 500 songs. For a jazz band, stick with the standards. Any experience jazz band or jazz musician knows exactly what I mean by this. And you can easily have a repertoire of 3-500 songs But honestly you can get away with 1-200 Because, hey, it’s jazz. Solo musicians, duos, trios… It really just depends on what type of act you’re going for but, again, just remember your demographic that you’re playing for. Remember, the person who’s watching your video is looking at the type of music that you are selecting, and looking at whether or not you or your group are the type of artists that guests would actually enjoy. If you have other promotional material like photos and things like that, that helps as well, but the number one thing is, “Can you play?” and “What’s your repertoire?” So, that’s a video and a list of what you can play. Once you have that out of the way, You’re pretty much all good to go but keep in mind, when you’re making your video, the person who’s watching it, is imagining you performing for the audience So, don’t perform it like in a garage or something where you’re you’re all looking at music stands or looking at each other You want it to be like the actual experience. So anyway, those are some general tips on how to become a musician on a ship. If you’re looking to get into the house band or or become an orchestra musician, generally there’s an audition process involved where you have to perform on a video You have to be able to read music really well and that’s going to show on the audition tape. Anyway, if you have any comments or questions, you can leave them in the comment section below. If you like this video and you want to show your support, Go and hit that “like”button. If you haven’t subscribed already and you’re interested in seeing more videos just like this go and hit that “subscribe” button Make sure you hit the little bell for notifications everytime I upload a new video but until next time, I’ll see you guys later. peace.