Robonzo & Sami at Farroria Viticcio, Greve | Anniversary 2019 | 3 years after the publishing of the original Unstarving Musician's Guide Podcast | The Unstarving Musician's Guide to Getting Paid GigsThis episode is a two chapter reading of The Unstarving Musician’s Guide to Getting Paid Gigs. These chapters were the first two podcast episodes I ever recorded.

(I’m reflecting on the original podcast for the book while visiting Greve, Italy. My wife and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary.)

Also in this episode, I respond to listener emails that discuss finding the right musicians to work with, teaching music for the right reasons, and one regular listeners take on the podcast.

About the Book

The book is based on my personal experience and time I’ve spent talking to other musicians. I wrote it to help other musicians do what I did for so many years.

While living and working aa musician in the Dallas/Fort Worth and San Francisco Bay Area markets, I enjoyed the ability to gig at will when, where, and with whom I wanted. I’ve mostly worked in cover bands as a part time musician, but I’ve also worked with many original artists. The principles presented in The Unstarving Musician’s Guide to Getting Paid Gigs are transferrable to original artists, songwriters, full-time musicians, actors, visual artists, etc.

The Unstarving Musician’s Guide to Getting Paid Gigs was available as a stand alone podcast. Now it will be available here in a series of episodes dedicated to the book.

Unstarving Musician's Guide to Getting Paid Gigs (book cover) – How to Get Booked and Paid What You're Worth, Over and Over Again! by Roberto R Hernandez (aka Robonzo)These recordings and those of the 10 chapters that followed were my very first foray in to podcasting. I did them from one of our first abodes in Panama, in a space that had subpar acoustics. How did I make it sound as good as it did? I reconstructed a fort from my childhood. A tent really. The resulting sound was good. I do, however, find amusement in the sound of my narration voice. It’s a little dramatic.

I hope you enjoy this reading of chapters 1 and 2 of The Unstarving Musician’s Guide to Getting Paid Gigs.

Episode Highlights

The episode begins with listener emails.

  • Rick asks for suggestions that will get him the opportunity to play with people that don’t have a lot of baggage
  • Rick also comments on my email about teaching online and teaching for the right reasons
  • Dave comments on my interview with Notelle and my penchant for the take-away

Chapter one of this podcast version for the book is the Forward and Introduction. The highlights and sections include…

  • My life outside of music
  • Who should read this book (or listen to this podcast episode)
  • A perspective on my music scene, past and present

Chapter two is all about getting paid. It covers the following topics.

  • Finding the right venues
  • Determining what you’re worth
  • Negotiating

3 Key Points

  1. If you’re facing challenges getting the gigs you want, I’m confident that you’ll find this book to be a good read.
  2. It helps to be really good (and entertaining); but being a good band is only part of the formula.
  3. Getting paid what you’re worth is an exercise in two things: asking for a booking at the right price, and knowing your market.

Tweetable Quotes

  • “It’s never too late to embrace and nurture the gifts that life gives us.” –Robonzo
  • “If you don’t have relationships with other bands and musicians in your area, start making friends.” –Robonzo
  • “If your band doesn’t draw a crowd, venues are not going to rebook you based on your stellar musicianship.” –Robonzo

I hope you enjoyed this podcast audio version of chapters one and two. Please visit to learn more about the book and how to buy your copy.

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