Yeah, having tremendous social skills doesn't necessarily mean being a "nice guy". It means being able to work people, without blowing a gasket.Many people won't understand what I'm about to write, but if you've been a new upstart during the past ten years you'll know what is about. It helps to have a mean streak. Some of the older (lost) generations know about this, read Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath" or "East of Eden".
Thanks for mentioning Social Skills!I'm just an amateur but from what I've seen of the industry, I'd think a professional musician needs to have tremendous social skills and the patience of a saint.