10 Ways to Get More Gigs as a Cellist


When you are an instrumentalist, one of the hardest parts of building your act is getting more gigs, especially if you are starting out.  Once you have a client base, you will be able to provide feedback and reviews to potential customers, but the trick is getting customers first!  Here at www.EntertainersWorldwide.com we have put together our top 10 ways to get more gigs as a Cellist, however these ideas would work for other instrumentalists too…

Keep reading to get more gigs!

  1. Check out your local wedding fayres. Many musicians including cellists offer to perform at various parts throughout the day and this will attract plenty of attention since couples looking for live wedding ceremony music or drinks reception entertainment will actually get to hear you play.  Wedding fayres aren’t free, however if you do your research you can easily reach a few hundred brides in one day.  Wedding fayres are hard work as you need to talk to many couples and offer your presence for the whole event.
  2. If you want more local work, why not leaflet drop at local businesses, especially where potential brides might visit such as florists and bridal shops. We are not saying limit your customers to weddings, however cellists are very popular for this type of occasion.   Saying that, there is nothing wrong with posting an advertisement in your local coffee shop!
  3. Have you considered collaborating with other local musicians to get your name out there? If you know of a violinist or perhaps a group of musicians, you can offer string duo, string trio or even string quartets as part of your services.  Of course you will need to practice together for a while beforehand and also make sure that every single musician is available on certain dates for bookings.  Collaborating not only benefits you, but the people you collaborate with too!
  4. Set up your own website featuring plenty of information such as photo galleries and audio / video samples. We are going to be launching a fantastic new service for acts to get their own website designed along with other printable materials very soon.  Keep checking back to our blog for updates on this!
  5. Make sure you utilize social media such as Facebook and Twitter to get more followers. If you update these regularly, you will gain more fans.
  6. Offer to perform at local charity events to get noticed. Sometimes this may mean a free performance or two, however you will be seen by many guests who will hopefully book you in the future.  You could also ask the charity if you could bring leaflets or business cards to offer guests for a bit more exposure.
  7. Set up your very own profile on our Entertainment Directory. This is a very easy step to take, and once you are listed, your profile will be visible to all of our website users.  Our website is growing monthly, and the largest entertainment directory in the World, this is going to give you plenty of exposure.  There is a small fee for listing, however you can be guaranteed that you do not have to pay any commission on your bookings.  Every job you get through our website is 100% your profit!
  8. For a small additional cost, you can upgrade your profile to a featured profile which appears at the top of our search results, on your category’s page and also our homepage!
  9. Use your profile on EntertainersWorldwide.com in the best possible way by making sure that you include as much information as possible, including video and audio samples of your performances. We have found that our entertainers who have more complete profiles gain more customers, as they can view your performance style before booking.
  10. Check out our jobs, gigs and auditions section on our website. This page is where potential customers place adverts looking for specific act types.  This can be one of the quickest ways to get jobs relating to your genre or instrument.

We hope you have enjoyed out top 10 ways to get more gigs as a cellist!  One of the most important things to us, as an entertainment directory is that we place potential bookers in touch with performers.  Getting you more jobs is our aim, so if you haven’t already, sign up to our website at www.EntertainersWorldwide.com and get your act’s profile filled in to the max!

Picture Credit:  Lizzy May, Cellist from EntertainersWorldwide.com

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