To drink or not to drink

Jaime at Oktoberfest drinking beerSo I spent the last 3 months getting ready to get on stage. Countless hours of exercise even more hours of practice and sacrificing a good time out with the boys just to make sure my chops are solid and I look great on stage. Well, more like look aight. For me, it’s not that easy to maintain discipline and avoid giving in to temptation. So now that it’s time to hit the stage, I hit the bottle to let loose a bit … or is it to calm my nerves? I have used every excuse to take a shot or two after so many days of being good, as if it is some sort of reward, only to regret it the following day.

The control freak doesn’t drink

Drinking Alcohol Before The ShowWhen does drinking become more than just a quick one to kill the tension? By the time you find yourself unable to play your parts correctly, or remember lyrics, it’s too late. Too many shots or beers and you have lost control. Where is the professionalism? Where is the discipline used to get show ready? Just because you’re a musician doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the job seriously. In fact, that will draw the line between professionals and amateurs, no matter how old you are or how long you have been in the business.

Getting your act together

Drinking alcohol is fine in moderation. It CAN be used as a reward. However, the job comes first. Making practice a top priority, and most of all your health – mental and physical – will get you where you want to be. And if that goal entails being on stage, you don’t want to be that sloppy performer who potential managers, record labels, etc. won’t take seriously. So get your act together, literally and figuratively, so you don’t get washed up before you even reached any level of success.