Why employers should hire touring musicians

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Tour is a dazzling and magical experience where time freezes in a moment of swirled joy, stress and wonder. But with every enlightening experience comes a brutal return to reality. Namely, when you return home and realize you have no idea how to do things that normal people do, like eat human food and pay rent.

Sure, there's that eternally stocked Little Caesar's dumpster and your friend who still wears raver pants who has always said you could crash with him for free, but shouldn't there be an easier, less potentially diseased way?

There should be. The solution is that more businesses should go out of their way to employ TOURING musicians. Here are six logical, serious and carefully thought-out reasons to hire one of these brave idealists.

(Note: For those of you grubby tour goons out there reading this list and nodding in agreement, remember that you're an ambassador for all this stuff. Don't screw it up for the rest of us.)

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6. Touring Musicians Are Reliable

Have you ever woken up at 4 a.m. and driven ten hours just to make it to a place on time where you get paid $125 divided among you and your four friends? Probably not, because that's an insane ripoff. But touring musicians have, because they realize it enables them to continue making art. Touring musicians realize an incredibly vital life lesson that most arrogant and snide youth seem to overlook: In order to do the things you like, you have to do a bunch of things that you don't like. This is a valuable trait in an employee.

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5. Touring Musicians Are Loyal

When you tour, you're on your own. You function as a small gang of overgrown kindergarteners with access to alcohol. In every new city you're forced to place your trust in strangers or friends of friends, in the hope that you'll have a place to sleep and that no one will steal the only possessions you will own for the next number of weeks. From there, you either make lifelong friends for whom you will always provide a place to stay and food to eat in your home city, or you have a new story to tell about urinating in someone's laundry machine because they were an asshole.

In the real world, touring musicians function in a similar manner. They recognize that having a boss who allows you to leave for weeks at a time and still come back is a rare gift. It's something to be cherished and nurtured. No one wants to mess that up.

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