I know that trying to land gigs, networking with the "right people," getting yourself heard, and being at the right place at the right time can be extremely overwhelming...but it's doesn't have to be that hard. If you have a systematic way of approaching gigs, rather than relying on "fate", you're in a much better position to succeed. And, it's easier than you think.
If you're not consciously working on connecting with new players and using the gigs you have to leverage other gigs, you're selling yourself short and missing out on a huge opportunity.
Social media has made this easier than ever, but it still requires a personal connection...a genuine building of relationships and an ever expanding network.