Are open mics WORTH it?

Or so says THIS article by Jeremy Young from Soundfly.

Here are the negatives about open mics, according to Jeremy:

  1. The “audience” won’t be inclined to value your performance
  2. You’ll only be networking with beginners or open-mic lifers
  3. Your on-stage practice time would be better spent at a coffee-shop gig where you’re the sole focus
  4. You hardly ever get valuable feedback from songwriters or audience members at an open mic

I tend to agree with these points, BUT…

There’s one benefit to open mics that’s often overlooked.

If an open mic is hosted at a venue that also books live music for other nights of the week, it can be a great way to introduce yourself. I’ve gotten decent paying gigs from playing open mics, impressing the bartender, or making a connection with another performer, and so forth.

But yeah, open mics can suck. They can also be a lot of fun. I think it’s about tempering your expectations. They’re definitely NOT a reliable on-ramp to a music career, but when used sparingly, open mics can open doors.

What do you think? Have you gotten anywhere playing open mics?

Waste of time, or a good building block for your music? Lemme know in the comments.

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