Now that The Pizza Bats have overcome certain hurdles that come with moving to NYC with no money and no housing and no jobs, I'm getting more out of my research and out of hearing other people's stories. I'm able to relate better to people who have overcome uncertainty in the name of doing what they want to with their lives.
Randy Poe, the current President at Leiber Stoller Songs Inc. and the author of Stalking the Red Headed Stranger, has a similar story to The Pizza Bats'. When he moved to New York, he only had enough to pay his friend one month of rent, so he took the first job which came along. He handed out fliers to tourists in high traffic areas. One day he got called in to talk to management, where they told him they'd been watching him, and that he was one of the few people who actually handed out the fliers and didn't throw them in the trashcan in the middle of the day. They promoted him to be one of the guys who spied on the people to see if they actually did their job. They also gave him a raise.
Poe states after this story that there are some key lessons he learned from the fliering job which also apply to song plugging. Song plugging, although a somewhat antiquated term, is still done today especially in the mainstream pop world and in the Nashville country music scene, and is a term which refers to the act of pairing songs written by songwriters with performers whose attitudes or tones are a good fit. It directly correlates with my interest in songwriting since often a writer will pitch to a publisher directly for an artist that they represent.
"First of all, to do your job right, you've got to be where the people are that you're trying to reach. Secondly, most of those people are going to reject you because they don't want what you're trying to give them. Thirdly, it's a great feeling when somebody actually reaches our their hand and accepts what you're offering. Fourthly, you can't get depressed if they take a quick glance at what you've handed them and then throw it away. And fifthly, if you turn out to be really good at your job, you'll end up in management and get paid more money -- to not do the very things you were so good at in the first place."
It's a great pleasure to hear the lessons learned from a person who's worked to do what he loves with his life, especially when my interests are so closely related. I look forward to much rejection and to the rare exceptions which turn into valuable relationships.