Ep. 24: Bassist Supports Family, Buys Home & Monetizes Instagram

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Born, raised and currently living in DFW TX, Jacob Smith is a local top call Acoustic and Electric Bass player.

From 2007-2011 He attended the University of North Texas and played in the prestigious One O'Clock Lab Band. From 2011-2013 he was a member of the late Bob Belden's fusion group, Animation. He recorded the album "Transparent Heart" with them, and toured America, London and Spain. He also has performed with artists including Jimi Tunnell, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jimmy Cobb, Dennis Durick, Darcy James Argue, George Colligan, Stockton Helbing, Ed Soph, Ingrid Jensen, and more. Music has been his main drive and passion since the age of 9 and continues to motivate him daily in support of his family. He has studied with John Adams, Lynn Seaton, Dominique Di Piazza and Matthew Garrison.

Jacob Smith plays Fodera Basses, Epifani Amps, Analysis Plus Cables and 1964 Audio in-ear monitors. His music is available on Bandcamp and all streaming services.

Topics discussed:

  • The proper way to approach the gig
  • What it means to be a gigging musician
  • Having a family
  • “Living life is where great music comes from”
  • The desire to be in a jazz fusion band
  • Having supporting parents
  • Watching his parents run their own business
  • Being prepared
  • “Be on time, be prepared, have a good attitude”
  • What you can do to increase your income and stand out
  • Finding ways to provide more value
  • Keeping yourself in a healthy mindset
  • How your behavior affects others
  • Asking for details before accepting a gig
  • Comparisons to other contractors
  • When you need a contract
  • Buying time with your family
  • Buying a house
  • Saving for a down payment
  • Emergency fund basics
  • Thoughts on social media
  • Monetizing Instagram
  • Being a positive force in the world
  • Dealing negative feedback
  • Believing in yourself
  • Gig boundaries

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Connect with Jacob:

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