I think it’s fair to say we all appreciate getting a gig and of course we all do the best we can to keep that gig once we have it. We will work odd and long hours. We take on all the stress that comes with very strict deadlines and intense troubleshooting. We load and unload, unpack and repack. Demand is high. At times, under this workload, it can become hard to maintain a positive attitude and when our “quality of life” starts to suffer, things can become very sour, very quickly. This is why I think that it is smart when negotiating your salary to include a work agreement. …Continue Reading
Being on tour is hard work and can do a lot of damage to your body. You might not realize that while working against the clock when loading/unloading the truck your poor posture is doing a lot of harm to you. …Continue Reading
One of the most difficult side effects of international travel is dealing with jet lag. Disturbed sleep patterns, feeling weak and feeling disorientated all stem from the disruption of your body clock from traveling through multiple time zones. …Continue Reading
whether you are getting ready for a bus tour or about to fly between every gig on a festival circuit, it is important to pack efficiently. you need to decide what you need to travel with and what you don’t need to travel with. this can be difficult when you are going to be away from home for two months, changing locations everyday. a lot of the time, even after you have carefully considered every last thing you plan on packing, you still don’t have enough room. …Continue Reading
A Carnet (pronounced kar-nay)
AKA “Merchandise Passport”, is a document created for international customs to facilitate the temporary import of goods. …Continue Reading
did you know that you need to keep track of the blank pages in your passport? if you have not filled all your passport visa pages before you might not be aware of this, but when you run out of blank passport pages you won’t be crossing many borders. …Continue Reading
Hop on the fast track to status …Continue Reading
Everyone knows that in today’s day and age we need a valid passport to travel internationally, everywhere. It is an extremely important document which needs to be safe guarded and protected while abroad. It’s your access to the world. Losing your passport can not only be a nightmare but also can create a serious situation.
Especially while traveling for tour where time is almost always of the essence.
That being said did you know you can obtain a second valid passport? …Continue Reading
It seems the airlines, with all their cutbacks and mergers accompanied by a complete lack of overall service, have created an ‘every man for his/herself’ culture, including airline employees. Who’s actually running this show? Who is actually in charge? Who’s PMing this rodeo? …Continue Reading
When low on battery power, most restrooms on planes have an outlet. …Continue Reading
We all learn, eventually, that touring life can be quite rough on the ol’ muscles, joints and of course the back. Let’s face it – a long day on your feet, flanked by a load in and load out – can do a number on the body. Not to mention the negative effects that bus bunks can contribute to our overall stiffness and mobility. Add hours of sitting in cramped airports and planes, and you’ve got yourself one weary traveler. Over time, you almost stop noticing the incredible tightness of your entire body and accept this physical limbo as your norm… almost. …Continue Reading
FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012
SEC. 403. MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.
Sec. 41724. Musical instruments. In general … …Continue Reading