Please stop putting yourselves forward for opportunities and entering into dialogues about potential projects if you're not available! It’s not that we don’t want to be flexible at all, but we’ve had so many musicians put themselves forward for opportunities in the past and then subsequently announce that they’re not available after all (Read More...), which, as you can imagine, really puts us at a disadvantage. It can also prevent the chance being given to someone else who is available and genuinely interested. We're using the audition process as a litmus test to establish whether or not people have actually read what they're applying for, played by the rules and are able to do the job, or whether they’ve just got nothing better to do other than applying for every opportunity under the sun (and, in some cases, forgotten that they had done).
PS: vocalists who haven't heard back. Apologies for the delay. We're still waiting on a few people to get back to us. Meanwhile, you can attribute our rules and restrictions to these guys (below).
Thanks for letting us know you can't make your audition. Unfortunately, as the ad stated 20/21 Jan originally, it would only seem fair and reasonable to honour that.
Please don't use the word "busy"!
You'll instantly lose points and go down in our estimation. "Busy" means you don't know how to manage your time/workload effectively. It implies that there is a problem and that the problem is on your side: you've taken on more than you can handle efficiently. If you use the word while putting yourself forward for auditions: alarm bells start ringing as you've already contradicted yourself. At the very least, it indicates an unfinished account, a lack of communication: you've already taken on another job without first considering how this might affect your original job, and you've failed to make this known to your original job. "Busy" is an excuse for mismanaged expectations.
At a wider level, some people pride themselves on 'being busy'. Either to make themselves look important and for others to look upon them as objects of desire. Or to politely withdraw interest by putting themselves the subject above the object.
Please do not apply if you are busy.
And another thing...
Please do ensure you read through the details of the post or any post you apply for in future. I know it seems like a hassle, but it allows us to give other people the chance who wouldn't have had the chance otherwise.
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