Why You Should Pursue a Career as a Musician

The world is constantly telling us why we shouldn’t follow our dreams or attempt to turn our passions into livelihoods. Here are a few reasons why you should.

You’ll develop all kinds of skills

Like most forms of art and entertainment, playing music is sometimes dismissed as not being “practical” or “utilitarian” enough. Naturally, most of the people who think this are people who don’t actually know all the things that go into being a professional musician.

It’s no big revelation to tell you that taking something seriously and practicing every day is a surefire recipe for getting better at it. The more you play, the more you hone your skills as a musician. But what if I told you that’s not the only skill you’ll be developing? Not just living as a musician but working as one will require you to learn versatility, time management, public speaking, and networking, among other things. It’s just as much a job as any other.

You don’t have to be a rock star

Often there’s a misconception that the only reason to pursue a music career is to become a famous rock star. Of course, we can’t all be Adam Levine or Beyoncé. And not all musicians necessarily want that. You don’t have to be a rock star to make a comfortable living in music. In truth, there are many more opportunities on the local and behind-the-scenes level than some people realize.

If I’m a bar or club owner, for instance, I know that live music is a good way to double or even triple my weekend business. If I’m an event planner, you can be sure I’m always on the lookout for musicians for hire near me who can play parties, reunions, fundraisers, and conferences. If I run a news station or produce commercials, I don’t assume all those themes and jingles will compose themselves. And if I am that big rock star, I need session musicians to work with me in the recording studio and live players to back me up on tour. Any of these roles could be yours.

Love the music and it will love you

It’s a cliché but it’s true: do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. There are far too many people in this world pursuing careers that don’t fulfill them on any level. That path leads to burnout, stagnancy, and discontent. Following a passion for music doesn’t mean your job will always be easy and enjoyable or that it will take the exact form you fantasized about the first time you picked up an instrument, but it does mean staying true to yourself.

Success can’t be measured in dollars or fame. It can, however, be measured in personal satisfaction. As long as you’re doing something you enjoy and you’re bringing in a livable income, what else really matters? Only you can decide what is and isn’t right for you.

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