Getting your band down the Road

When your starting out in the music business or any other business for that matter,  it is always hard to get the bus moving down the road when you first get started.  It takes a lot of hard work in the beginning to make things happen.  One of the things that is actually often forgotten about the most is branding.   Branding the band and the look of the band is one of the first things done before setting out.   Face it, its one of the first things that is going to sell who you are and what your about.

A  few music artist are lucky  enough to get signed to a big label , but that is not the truth for the other 99 percent of all bands.  They are trying to make a name for themselves out on the road or even down at the local pub.   So what happens is that they start with their buddy that has a camera.  I am not saying that this is not a good idea, but would you want to put all your work into a shot that looks like it was not professional.   So the next time, your out playing a gig… think about singing with that guitar from Roses and a mic from the gas station.  The same goes with your images of a band… find someone who knows how to sell you.

21st Century Goliath Band

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About Kent Smith

Kent Smith is an award-winning director/photographer who started as a photographer capturing images of some of the most prestigious people and companies in the world. He had long been a fan of cinema and decided to pursue the moving pictures to his arsenal. The first feature film that Kent directed, The Last Passport, went on to win Best Director and Best Actor at the Solstice Film Festival in Minneapolis. He decided to work around as many film projects as possible to gain knowledge of the business side as well as learn from the very best directors, writers, and producers. This path has set him on a course to work on some of the best tv shows including three seasons on Homeland, and two seasons on Outcast and two seasons on Mr. Mercedes. He has also worked on many different feature films including Max, Tusk, Racing Dreams and American Animals. He has worked with some incredible talent over the years including Claire Danes, Barack Obama, John Elway, Peyton Manning, Michael Jordan, Brendan Gleeson, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis, Evan Peters, Patrick Fugit, Lenny Kravitz, Justin Long, Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, and Haley Joel Osment. Kent has worked for Showtime, HBO, Under Armour, Shell, Electrolux, Bank of America, Pepsi, Food Lion, and many more. He is currently working on two features of his own at this time.

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