So I had two pretty promising auditions over the past couple of months which I did not get. However, in each case, the producer of each project took the time to write a really nice email thanking me for my audition, complimenting me, and wishing me luck while saying they will keep me in mind for the future. Whenever I audition, I write a follow-up email afterwards checking in and thanking the band...I figure it kinda helps "close the deal" and for me personally, it keeps those people in my network for the future. So it was cool to hear back. Here was one email I got recently: "I'm so sorry it took us so long to get back to you. The truth is we were agonizing over our inability to decide between yourself and the other candidate. But, in the end, we did have to make a decision. [Recording Artist] really loved your freshness and originality, as well as your creative instincts. In the final instance, we chose the other candidate because he had a very long career behind him in this field, and we felt that he could be a solid backbone to a very young band. You are a very talented girl, and we are heartbroken that we couldn't just accept both of you. We wish you great luck in whatever you do, and will always recommend you to other musicians seeking partners." I'm starting to feel a lot more positive about finding good people to work with. I just keep reminding myself that when people tell me I'm not there yet, it's just an opportunity for growth and an incentive to keep pushing. I've basically started treating this (playing bass) like a second job and to my surprise, it's really motivated me to be "on my best behavior" and to get out there and see what's happening. Of course it's fun, but it's also been really good for me to be very self-disciplined and to set goals for myself. Anyway, just doing my part in diffusing the angst in the Band Management thread, given how often I've contributed!