I am confident I can hang with the big boys. I know that I may not have the track record of the pro songwriter, but I’ve been working hard at this for a long time and I know that I’ll be able to contribute, even if the pro does more of the heavy lifting. Be realistic about it. Here it doesn’t matter how much you WANT it but it’s all about how much realistically you are READY for it.
I’m willing to challenge and not just be a “Yes Man”. If you go into a pro co-write and all you do all day is say “That’s awesome”, you really aren’t helping. The pro writer can do that alone and most probably he/she doesn’t really need someone to be there just to praise them! You’ve got to be willing to challenge the pro and to behave as if it’s a level playing field. Even if you are a huge fan of the pro’s work, you can’t gush and go on and on. You have to remember that, on this day, you are a peer. Be complimentary but get to work and act just like you would with another songwriter at your level.
I know how to behave professionally. I know how the music business works. I’m ready to pay for my share of a demo if we get a great song. I’m going to be working the song just as hard as the pro will be. If you have all of those things going for you, then you’ll make a good co-writer once you get that big opportunity.