GigMasters Review - If You're Thinking of Joining Read This First
"The Life of The Party" ? At First I Wasn't Sure
My name is Matthew Cutillo and I have been gigging with GigMasters, the online booking venue site since 2004. I have no affiliation with them, other than I get my bookings through them as a dues-paying member. I am not personal friends with any of the staff, although I am in contact with a couple of members of the team on a pretty regular basis.
Note: If you're interested in joining GigMasters and would like to save $$$ use my referral code M12904 & name Matthew Cutillo when you join or use this link: http://www.gigmasters.com/refer/M12904
A little background on me: I was holding a guitar at 1.5 years of age. I was banging on our family piano from earliest memory and got my first real Fisher Price microphone and sing-a-long phonograph by age 3. By 12 years of age I bounced around town playing in several metal bands on bass and guitar and singing at McKenna Jr High, Massapequa High School and then Oswego State University 1991-1994 until I went to study overseas at Georg August Goettingen Universitaet in Germany in 1994. I stayed there for 10 years, ended up traveling and gigging as a pro musician, singing and playing lead and acoustic guitar fronting numerous bands: pop, rock, punk, surf, trash, disco, hit music "Schlager", whatever, as long as we could make at least a few hundred bucks each, drink free beer and get some plockwurst and alte braune suelze stullen (fatty German specialty sausage and slimy pate' sandwiches) out of the deal, we'd play it. That is where I learned to charge real sums for musical performances.
I came back to the USA in 2004 and had no music business contacts here. I went from bar to bar looking to get booked but no one would hire me because I had my contacts overseas. Enter GigMasters. I saw their website online and considered joining. I thought, if I can get one gig I can pay the annual dues. I did just that. Almost immediately after joining I received $500 to play a 4 hour summer yard BBQ party for a kind gentleman in Connecticut. I doubled the membership fee and had a great time doing it. I got a 5 star review to start me off for future potential clients to read when considering using my services. I was off to a running start, so I thought. I will explain some things about the way the GigMasters booking apparatus works and also my opinions formed after getting over 460 officially booked gigs, the majority of them coming in since 2009. I have 9 years total membership history with GigMasters so I would call that enough time to form an opinion or two. I could have done much better sooner had I only known a few things I'll touch upon briefly in this lens.
Don't be fooled into thinking "he wrote a book on this and he's just marketing it". Nope that would be less than half of the story. This is a review of GigMasters: is it a hit or sh*t ? I say it's a home run. For me it's a hit, but you must follow a few little details if you want to have the same experience and have it work for you. You can't sit around waiting for the world to change, you have to authoritatively grab the bookings and learn to get the system to work for you. In the beginning you have to wrap your mind around some possibly new concepts; i.e. calling new clients on the telephone after they contact you asking for you to submit a bid. You definitely have to learn how to effectively communicate that bid and WHY YOU ARE THE CLIENT'S BEST CHOICE. You should then follow that up the gig response and phone call with a killer email response...get it? The list goes on and on. And the good news, it's all pretty simple and straightforward once you get the hang of it.
If I can do it, you can, too.
Again: If you're interested in joining GigMasters and you'd like to save a few bucks off the dues, I think $15 actually, use my referral code M12904 and my name, Matthew Cutillo when you join
You Can Not Just Sit on Your Hands
You Could, But Then You'll Get Bad Results..
For GigMasters to work, you have to work at it, too. You should have a nice looking press kit: i.e. pictures, sound bytes, video clips and act description / introduction. You also have to email and call prospective clients IMMEDIATELY when they contact you. Sounds like a no-brainer, but some people just don't get it. They think that having a page is enough to get booked, but in order to get a booking confirmed you must communicate your intentions & service summary effectively to a person you've never met usually over the phone, sometimes just via email. It's amazing just how many clients book me with whom I never speak until the day of their event.
You should have a flawless act or set, be it a musical act you offer or magic, or artist, balloon twister, clown, whatever. GigMasters offers a wide variety of types of entertainment. Bottom line is you need to get your act together because you will be reviewed after the fact via "Client Review" where the client gives you a star rating from 1-5 stars and a commentary, if they choose. Be on your best behavior because that feedback is permanent on your page and can not be altered except in very, very, very isolated circumstances. Show yourself from your best side and kill it. No second chances for your first impressions. A 4 hour event goes by fast... so make every moment count.
Giving Clients What They Want
Where the Money is
If you join GigMasters then you have to focus on meeting the needs of the potential client. It is my opinion, tried and tested with extensive trial and error that will teach the performer how to streamline their offerings in order to secure a booking. It is my experience that if you continually shoot to meet a prospective clients needs immediately, BEFORE booking even takes place, then you are sure to be booked and also rebooked and booked again. If you give 110% at the event itself, performing well and being impeccable in every respect possible, then you are highly likely to get a 5 star rave review. It's really not rocket science but so many people miss this from the get go and bitch about the service provider rather than looking in the mirror. We have to own our wins and losses because only the PERFORMER is at cause here. If you take a lesson from a loss and win alike, good things are to be had by you on GigMasters.
We have to grow past "what's in it for me" and think "what can I offer THEM" or better yet, simply try to perpetually outdo yourself in terms of what types of things you offer a client. If you are one of those people who thinks everyone is lucky to have you, and you're not going above or beyond, then get used to a life of mediocrity with this and anything else you do. Set the bar always higher and you will quickly be doing wonderfully with GigMasters, because it works, but only if you work at it. Even just a little bit, but your rewards will most likely be in direct proportion to your input, as with anything in life.
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Customer Experience Team
People you can laugh with & cry to...
When things get tough, i.e. rarely a client may cancel, a date gets changed due to inclement weather, time start change, you will have to contact GigMasters Customer Experience Team. They are pretty quick and helpful. You may think I'm just saying that. I speak from a lot of experience. They are always speedy and helpful, make no mistake they mean business when it comes to keeping performer and client alike happy.
Jeez it's only a review, not a trial
GigMasters is quite real and totally effective for securely and safely booking entertainment online. I have had nothing but positive experiences with GigMasters' booking service. You get out of it what you put in. Some people may say it's a farce, which is simply not true. There is a very visible trend for GigMasters to grow pretty tremendous in the next few years. I have noticed a great surge in bookings as well as performers joining.
If you are a performing artist, be it inspirational speaker, clown, magician, pop, country, or classical singer, guitarist or jazz pianist you can make real money and be "The Life of the Party" on GigMasters, but you'll actually have to streamline your approach and work a little along the way. And it's well worth it. After achieving over 460 bookings and national record in client reviews I can say with sufficient experience that there is a lot to be gained by joining GigMasters.
If you're interested in joining and you'd like to save a few bucks off the dues, I think $15 actually, use my referral code M12904 and my name, Matthew Cutillo when you join. I have also written an eBook which sells on Amazon detailing my exact approach to booking, gigging and following up after the gig called "How to Be #1 on GigMasters.com". This includes all my actual correspondence emails, crafted over 9 years of trial and error inside. I have heard nothing but positive feedback in the years since its publication. For a few bucks it's well worth it and I will answer any questions about it personally at firstname.lastname@example.org - I will coach anyone for free, anytime to help ensure that the experience is a positive one, just because ! WIN-WIN-WIN !
I also have started three new blogs about the GigMasters experience:
Rock on and Good Luck !