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Are you - Pro/semi-pro/student/amateur?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Correlli, Jan 22, 2006.

  1. Professional

    10 vote(s)
  2. Semi-professional

    32 vote(s)
  3. Full-time Student

    17 vote(s)
  4. Amateur

    46 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Correlli


    Apr 2, 2004
    New Zealand
    This is a statistic which I would really like to know. What precentage of TBer's consider themselves amateur, full-time student, semi-pro, or professional?

    Professional = 100% income comes from the music industry.
    Semi-pro = part of your income comes from both the music industry and another (non music industry) job.
    Student = full-time student in the music industry.
    Amateur = Music is mainly a hobby. No regular income.

    I've allowed for multiple choices.

    I am an amateur. I do play gigs and teach, but there's no regular income.
  2. LajoieT

    LajoieT I won't let your shadow be my shade...

    Oct 7, 2003
    Western Massachusetts
    I'm a carrot...

  3. You're a looney.

    This year I start my Bachelor of Music degree, and I've also had an offer to teach a friend of mine's daughter on the side. Said friend is a guitarist in the band I'm in, too, so I voted student and amateur.
  4. 4x4Given


    Jul 2, 2005
    Austin, TX
    BTW, it's spelled AMATEUR. ;)
  5. Correlli


    Apr 2, 2004
    New Zealand
    So it is. Apologies :)

    That's why I'm an amateur. LOL!
  6. LajoieT

    LajoieT I won't let your shadow be my shade...

    Oct 7, 2003
    Western Massachusetts
    Oh, I see we've met...:D

    This is a Looney also:

  7. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Amateur. Music is a complete hobby for me. Not that that makes it any less important.

    People should know (in case they don't) that amateur doesn't necessarily mean without professional skill- that's just one definition. Pursuing an activity as a pastime, or "does not play for play" are the definitions of amateur as a noun, which is I'm sure what Kiwi Kid means.
  8. Pruitt


    Jun 30, 2005
    Danbury, CT
    Music is a hobby for me also. It's a hobby I've had a lot of fun pursuing for the last 26 years off and on. Hoping for at least another 26 years. lol... :)
  9. Correlli


    Apr 2, 2004
    New Zealand

    I always try to approach music in a professional manner.

    I sometime call myself the professional amateur. :)
  10. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    a good part of my income comes from gigs.

    but its not my main job.

    semi for me
  11. ninnlangel

    ninnlangel Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2005
    France, Switzerland
    I voted both pro and student. I have had periods in my life where 100% of my income was through music, and now I'm back in school doing my bachelors in jazz performance.
  12. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    Semi pro. I have a "regular job" and make extra money gigging on weekends.
  13. BillytheBassist


    Aug 18, 2005
    <<< AMATEUR.
  14. Jeff Moote

    Jeff Moote Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2001
    Beamsville, ON, Canada
    I voted semi-pro and amateur, since sometimes I have a regular gig, and sometimes I don't. I have made money playing before, but often I play for enjoyment - though taking it seriously, of course.
  15. CamMcIntyre


    Jun 6, 2000
    Student and Semi Pro. I have a day job-yet i also gig on occasion. I'm also in a conservatory right now.

    That's all
  16. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    I have a bunch of bass gear, but I don't play it. What does that make me....besides stupid?? :D

  17. Snarf


    Jan 23, 2005
    Glen Cove, NY
    Full-time student now, going to be semi-pro gigging with my band soon, hope to get enough contacts and become good enough on upright to gig full time.
  18. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    semi pro. Have been for the past 15 years.
  19. JoshB

    JoshB A great man is always willing to be little. -RWE Supporting Member

    I only put pro because I'm a sound engineer for a living which means I technically make a living from the music industry, just not as a bass player. Hopefully one day, but until then, I'll sit behind a board and turn knobs and slide faders for a living. ;)
  20. HMZ

    HMZ Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2003
    I play one to three gigs a month and make some money but its mostly for fun so I put amateur.