Why employers should hire touring musicians

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4. You've Already Hired People Who Suck

A recent statistic published by me in this article is that 95 percent of everyone who does anything completely sucks at it. Whether they are just in the wrong field or their brains are made of sewer sludge is of no matter -- most people just suck at everything they do. The worst thing that can happen when you hire someone who tours is that you get another brain-dead jerk who forgets to call and tell you they can't come in today. And you've already hired a bunch of them anyway, so why discriminate?

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3. Touring Musicians Are Resourceful

The hardened road dogs of the world know what it takes to keep things going: surprisingly little. These are the people who have rigged up their mufflers with shoelaces, found toilet paper where there is none, talked their way out of being arrested by cops in New Jersey and avoided being stabbed by transients in eastern Washington. They're the people who have managed to walk away with money in their pockets after playing a show they set up on that same day -- and they've done it all while living off of light beer and gas-station hot dogs.

When you hire a touring musician, you have an oracle of scumbag ingenuity within arm's reach.

See also: Six People to Avoid When Forming a Band

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