I’ve been really enjoying these videos of John Miller. Mr. Miller (not to be confused with the eminent bassoonist) does much of the contracting of the musicians who play in Broadway shows. In these videos, he is addressing a group of his fellow bass players, but everything he has to say is highly applicable to woodwind players and anyone else who wants to make money playing their instrument(s).
He talks about what kind of musicians he likes to hire, what is expected of a professional musician on the New York City scene, and lots more.
I thought the last three videos were especially relevant to doublers, as Mr. Miller and a friend talk about the benefits and pitfalls of doubling professionally on string bass and electric bass.
Inspiring stuff, that may make you ask yourself a few hard questions about your readiness to take on the high-profile gigs.