Leah Martine interviewed Bill Scharborough
What is you occupation?
How did you get started?
Playing in a rock band age 16
What services do you offer?
Piano tuning and repair, piano purchase consultation, professional accompanist, church musician
What are clients you are typically looking for?
All the above services provided promptly, fairly priced, and satisfactorily.
What skills are required to do the job?
Good customer skills,follow up, marketing, knowledge, and experience
What do you like about the business?
Flexible hours,working for myself, unlimiter opportunity.
What do you find most challenging?
Staying current with technology
What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the business in the last 5 years?
Fewer new piano sales customers, more repeat customers with piano reconditioning,
What are your plans for next year?
To continue my business plan in a manner similar to the last five years
What opportunities do you see in Indiana?
The need for music services will continue in most areas such as performers on many different instruments, recording personel, piano tuners, agents, school music teachers, private music teachers, church musicians, instrument repair techs.
Any advice to people considering going into the music and entertainment business?
Take time to study all the different areas to get a feel for areas which interest you. Become proficient with the technology in those areas, intern with companies that have those services. Form a networking group to help you evaluate your strengths and give feedbackto help you on your journey.
Any thing else you'd like to add?
Understand that personal responsibility for building your career path includes perseverence, study, goal setting and evaluation of progress, working to improve one's skills, finding mentors, and not giving in to negative influences that abound in the marketplace. Accept that there will be failures along the way but realizing the difference between those who succeed and those who do not is being willing to fail again and again to you finally get it right.