What to do when you are called for a gig?
If you are available, the first thing you should do is get all the details for the show. This will include the name of the venue, setlist, how long you are required to play, Load-in time, dress code, etc. If you are in the fortunate spot where this will paying gig, you will want to know what you are making as well. It’s always a good idea to get all these details right away if they are available. I will note though, do not ask right up front how much am I making. Though this is a very important detail, especially if you are solely doing it for a living, in my opinion, it sounds very amateur to bring this up right away.
After you have all the details, I always look at the setlist and figure out what I am familiar with and what I am not familiar with. I will then make a playlist using Google Play or Spotify. You will want to have one of these streaming providers; it makes everything so much easier.
You want to prepare as much as possible. I suggest making charts, listening to the songs religiously, and playing along with the songs. As far as charting goes everyone has their own way of doing it. I suggest experimenting and see what works best for you. The main point you want to be prepared.
AT THE SHOW
You want to show up on time to the load in, with the right gear and have a very positive upbeat attitude. People generally don’t want to work with negative people, and you want to make a really good first impression. If this is a new band you are working with, make sure you are aware on stage and looking for cues from the other band members. Also never be afraid to ask any questions you may have. A big thing to remember you are hired to do a job. You are not there to get loaded or there for a love connection. Putting on a good show and making the people that are hiring you happy should be your main priority. Last but not least HAVE FUN. Music is supposed to be fun so make the best of it.
I can pretty much guarantee you if you follow these steps you will get a call back next time they need help.