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Ayns



UK

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Oct 10th, 2017 03:42 PM        

My former bass player from a couple of years ago contacted me out of the blue to offer me a one-off gig next month. The fee was almost 10x what I usually make from normal cover band gigs, so I checked the diary, realised we were booked that night and politely turned it down. <br /> <br /> Tell me I done good?<br /> <br /> ;-)



walshb

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Oct 10th, 2017 04:45 PM        

Doesn't your present band provide sick days? Personal days?! Time off for good behavior!?



Hammond101

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Oct 10th, 2017 05:22 PM        

You did good. You did the right thing.



Rob Jai



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Oct 10th, 2017 05:44 PM        

Yup - you did the right thing. Even if the gig already scheduled was a free one, honoring a previous commitment shows integrity. Turning down a golden opportunity is hard to take sometimes but in a case like this you acted in a professional manner and that's what gives you a solid reputation and what gets you hired again in the future.



Juice Nichols

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Oct 11th, 2017 07:58 AM        

So there's no chance to change dates on the first gig? No chance to have a stand-in for you?<br /> <br /> You did the right thing if you can't accommodate the conflict. If you play music for a living then it would be tough to turn down, but I understand why you did.



Ayns



UK

England's Sloppiest Guitarist
Oct 11th, 2017 09:03 AM        

Thanks guys. <br /> <br /> Sometimes you just have to "do the right thing". ;-)<br /> <br /> Slim chance of getting the original gig date changed, no chance they'd do the gig without me. I've only missed one gig with this band in 10 years, and when I asked how it went they said "Never again"



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Oct 11th, 2017 10:46 AM        

If the pay is 10x more, could you cancel the first gig, pay your mates their rate and still come out ahead?<br /> :-p



jazzguy



Philly, B-3 Capital

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Oct 11th, 2017 10:54 AM        

I'd have tried to find a way to make it work while satisfying all parties.<br /> <br /> if not then go ahead w/the orig gig.<br /> but no fault to you at all, you did what you felt was right.



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Oct 11th, 2017 12:15 PM        

Commitment and loyalty are WAY better than any $$.<br /> <br /> You done good.



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