Hi Justin...I'm a huge fan of your work and style, and have been for a long time now - why, just 12 years ago I was fired from my first job at a soccer field concessions stand for listening to Ima Robot's first LP on the boom box. Ironically enough, I have come to you here so many years later to ask some career advice. I have been playing bass most of my life. I'm 25 years old, and live about 30 miles north of Seattle. For the last 4 years I have spent most of my musical time with a band my friends and I started - gigging regulary, recording even more often, we even tried our hand at touring (and it wasn't a complete failure) - but the nature of that group has changed, and I find myself become something much more like a free agent. Without much of a clue as to what I should be doing about that, in order to ensure that I continue growth as a musician and hopeful professional. I have a good job that affords my living. I have all the gear I would ever need for a basic club gig. I have a Bass Player mag subscription, and let's not forget...a TB account. I have skills: electric and upright bass training, diverse music taste, multi-instrumentalism, songwriting, singing...heck, I even dress nice and my face isn't totaly hideous. But I'm not entirely sure that I know how to get a quality gig! A few problems present themselves: - Don't most well-established acts already have bass players? How do I get other guys kicked out of the bass chair? What are the karmic repercussions of such an act? - Seattle, as with many cities, is a bit oversaturated with talent and entertainment acts...if I can't get out to a club every night to monitor the pulse of the Pacific Northwest music scene, how will I ever know what I'm really looking for? - Would you think it an issue that I live 30 miles north of the "action" ...even if it meant my rent jumping up 600%? - Should I just go to LA or NY like everyone else? Perhaps this is too broad of a concern, but maybe you could point me towards step one on pimping myself. I also apologize if there is an identical thread on this forum, but tbh I only saw gear questions like 8 pages deep. Regardless, I thank you for any consideration!