As many people as are on talkbass, I am floored by the number of people who think that playing in bands or as a studio bassist are the only two ways to make money. So I figured I'd start a thread talking about different ways for musicians to make a living. Perhaps this will help people who think they have to make it in an original rock band or play wedding gigs their whole life (although those are both viable options). Here are a couple off the top of my head: 1. Performance - Original or cover band gigs can be at bars, parties, weddings, corporate events, etc. There are also jobs doing orchestral work or something like a play. I suppose busking could be considered as well. 2. Session work - Somebody pays you to go in and lay down bass tracks. I would also consider substituting gigs to be session work. 3. Education - can range from private lessons to public schooling, classical to rock guitar. 4. Composing - I am into video game composing and working on a mobile project right now. What made me start this thread was all the musicians that are on the same game development forum as me and how I have never heard anybody mention it as a legitimate pursuit on Talkbass. Of course, in addition to video game there is also composing for TV, Movies, radio, advertisements, just about anything with speakers. 5. Orchestrating/Conducting/Arranging - an art that I wish I knew more about. Somebody feel free to correct me or add info on this. This would be somebody who takes the songs, arranges them to the format desired for the specific gig, creates and distributes the material, and may also be tasked with organizing the members. This is assuming direct involvement with creating the music on paper, computer, or instrument. For now I am leaving out technical arts such as live sound, recording, luthiery/repair, etc. If anybody can contribute any or help give ideas of jobs within any of the above categories, please feel free to contribute. I have done a couple to get things going, but am by no means an expert.