After my last band became defunct, I found myself filling in with another band who recently lost their fill-in bass player. (long story short, they had a bassist but he quit last September, so they had this cat from Virginia filling in, but he had to quit do to a job promotion) I'm not an official member, and I really dig it. I don't get all of the normal band headaches of making decisions and booking shows; I just have to learn the material, show up at the gigs, and collect my paycheck at the end of the night. They have two more shows coming up, and then they don't play until next fall, which means I don't have any gigs for the second half of the summer. But I also recieved offers to fill in for other missing bass players in bands. My point is, I've been seriously thinking of taking the freelancing route for a little bit. Whenever one of my bands didn't have a gig on a weekend, I always thought, "Man, I wish I were playing this Saturday", but with freelancing, chances are, I will be playing. There are a few problems though. One is, it's mostly gig work. Central PA doesn't have a bustling recording scene, though there may be some recording gigs out there. I don't know if guys would really like the idea of hiring someone to record. (I would probaly charge 10 bucks an hour for sessions) The other problem is, I wouldn't want to cause bad blood because I couldn't commit to certain gigs. Bass players seem to be in low abundance around here and I wouldn't want to cost a band a gig because I couldn't commit. I was wondering if anyone could give me their opinion on freelancing. What has your experience been? How did you operate it? What are the pros and cons? Thanks in advance.