For all you guys and gals who juggle playing with more than one project, how do you manage and prioritize things? Seems like the best players often seem to have many fingers in many musical pies at once. I believe that they're in demand because they're good, and they're good partly because they pursue new directions and opportunities with zeal. If I can't be sought after by every band in town, at least I can take the pursuit of new directions part into my own hands -- even if my schedule is pretty darned full as it is. I'll list a few issues/experiences I've encountered. Comment on these or share your own. Assuming you have a "A" project that gets priority, what guidelines do you use to establish booking priority? Do you tell the A project that any date not booked x number of days out is subject to being taken by another project? Or do you tell the "B" project that you may be forced to cancel at the last minute if something comes up with A? Animosity from members of a B project who take your other priorities as almost a personal insult. How do you approach potential side projects? "Hey, I've got a busy gig schedule, but I would love to work with you as best I can..." First time you have to pass on a gig with a "B" project, you get the "yeah, you're the player we want but we gotta go with someone who can be there" speech and it's over. Or the phone just never rings again from those folks. Thoughts?