Jay Jackson is a seasoned performer and as a singer has shared bills with Nancy Wilson, Poncho Sanchez and Sheila E. Jay has enjoyed a rich and varied career first working as a cook in the Navy, then as a television news reporter for 22 years which led to an accidental career as an actor where he was first cast as a tv reporter on Dexter. He’s gone on to play the hilarious Perd Hapley on Parks and Recreation, Scandal and most recently Good Girls. Jay also discusses the ups and downs of being a live talent booker on the music scene in Los Angeles.
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Mentioned in this episode:
- NPR Profile
- Myka 9
Quick “Singing Lessons”:
- When creative inspiration hits always be ready to write it down or document it right away. Don’t ignore it.
- Remain curious about everything you’re doing.
- If you’re interested in being a promoter or talent booker get to know the quality acts in your town by going to jam sessions and live shows.
- Figure out which restaurants in your city don’t currently offer live music. Approach them and suggest a they start small with a quality duo.
- If a venue isn’t going to do much to advertise they’ll need to give a room at least three to six months to grow.
- If you can find quality acts that bring in an audience you can grow a room.
- Realistically, live music should be seen as entertainment for a restaurant’s current clientele. The band is not there to save a flagging business!
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Special thanks to Jay for joining me on the podcast this week.