54 – Emilio Guarino, author of “Make It: A Guide for Recent Music Graduates”

In this episode of the podcast I speak with bassist Emilio Guarino, who is the author of a new book for recent music graduates called “Make it.” We discuss the value of business skills for all musicians, how musicians can make the most of their “day jobs,” when it’s time to pull the plug on the day job and go full time with music, and much more.

Win a Signed copy of “Make It”

One lucky listener will get the chance to win a signed copy of Emilio’s new book. For a chance to win, join the Clarineat mailing list. Don’t want to wait? Emilio’s book is also available on Amazon starting at just $3 for the digital copy. I personally got a ton of value from this book and if you are a new music grad you definitely need to pick it up. The price makes it a complete no-brainer.

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Discussion Topics

  • Why did you write “Make it” and who is it for
  • Why is the Kindle version so affordable?
  • Recording the audiobook version
  • “A rising tide raises all boats”
  • Why freelancing is like being a “musical plumber”
  • The value of negative feelings and emotions
  • Dealing with and benefiting from failure
  • Getting musical value from your “day job”
  • When is it time to “pull the plug” on the day job and go full time with music
  • You never know who you’ll meet or what people will become


About Emilio Guarino

Emilio Guarino is a bassist, producer, and author with experience that ranges from orchestral performance to contemporary electronic music, jazz, and free improvisation.

He is an alumnus of Pierre Boulez’s venerable Lucerne Festival Academy and has worked with a number of internationally celebrated composers, conductors, ensembles, and performers. Since graduating from The Hartt School in 2013, Emilio has shared a stage with Sir Simon Rattle, Alan Gilbert, Anne-Sophie Mutter, David Taylor, Matthias Pintscher, Myron Walden, Martin Kuuskmann, Renée Fleming, Ron Jackson, Glenn Kotche, The MIT Media Lab, and the GRAMMY-Award winning Norwegian string ensemble 1B1.

He currently lives in Jersey City, NJ and freelance throughout New York City.

Website: emilioguarino.com

Clarineat Podcast Production Team:

Theme music for the Clarineat Podcast is performed by Tom Puwalski (Episodes 1-49), and Michael Lowenstern (episodes 50 to present).

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