The notes we play are only the beginning of our work.
Early in my career I received the following call for a gig:
Client: “I need a harpist to play four hours of background music at the Waldorf Astoria. It will be amazing exposure—far beyond anything you’ve ever done or will do.”
Me: “Sounds great! What are the additional details? Is there a budget?”
Client: “We will do your makeup, dress you in the newest Tom Ford design for the night, and, oh yeah, Brad Pitt may show up.”
Me: “So you’re looking for someone to play for free?”