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Does anyone do this for a *profession*

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Progressive, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. Just wondering; it appears that most people who are passionate about music (in my area at least) don't actually take that path as a true career. They'd much rather get a stready job and do music on the side. I, for one, am unsure.. I prefer pure musician.

    Is this your life passion, or just a side job? (playing in a professional band/session musician)
  2. preferences and realities are totally different beasts.
  3. AlembicPlayer

    AlembicPlayer Im not wearing shorts

    Aug 15, 2004
    Pacific Northwet, USA
    old joke -

    3 men in a bar
    1st guy says - " I make 250K a year..I'm a lawyer"
    the 2nd guy says - : I make 500K a year, I'm a doctor.

    the third guys says - I make 6K a year.

    the other two guys say in unison...- " what kind of strings do you use?"

    badum bump .. :)
  4. Hm. Interesting. xP
  5. It is though. Be real for a second. Given the opportunity, don't you think the majority of people here, who ARE passionate about playing, wouldn't KILL to have music be their source of income? I'm sure they would. BUT, if the majority were to bank on that being their only vocation, a great many would starve. Many of us also wanted homes, families, etc. Hence their more monetarily-gainful professions.
  6. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I'm not sure I would.....:meh:

    So OK music is great if you can do what you want to - but I have been in bands that made money and it was always a case of then playing what other people wanted you to play and this can get pretty boring...

    Also - as an "expert" who is highly regarded, I am treated with respect where I work - but I've played wedding gigs where we were treated with less respect than the people who came to clean the toilets!! I'm pretty sure I'd be unable to keep my mouth shut for many gigs like that!! ;)

    All in all, I think I'm happier playing the music I like, as a kind of "hobby" and earning money from a job where I get respect. :)
  7. Bruce, I agree, but my reply was in keeping with the spirit of the thread as it was,imo, with a "I think I'll just do music for a living on my own terms because it's just that easy" rose-colored-glasses mentality. I'm not being catty mind you.
  8. fr0me0


    Dec 7, 2004
    Winnipeg Canada
    if the oppertunity presented itself I'd jump on it. I"m not banking on it happening though
  9. I never said it would be easy; I don't want to become rich, as a dream and all that. Heck, if I were to make *millions* in a musical career (unlikely) I'd give the majority of it away and own a small apartment or small house; I need not have large cars and estates. Not everyone wants a family or big house to support. ;)
  10. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    I own a home (a nice one, too!) and have a family. I have 3 cars, all quite nice (including my Corvette :D). I am a full time musician.
  11. Go pacman! =D
  12. Bassic83


    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    Yeah, but you're special! ;) And some people here don't know who you work for! :D
  13. I side with Neil Peart on this. There are others things I'd rather do than play music that I wasn't totally behind. I have other interests, and I'd prefer to keep music as my sort of refuge.
  14. AlembicPlayer

    AlembicPlayer Im not wearing shorts

    Aug 15, 2004
    Pacific Northwet, USA

    that's a good one..
    then there's the quote from Les Claypool -
    "In the early days all I hoped was to make a living out of what I did best. But, since there's no real market for masturbation I had to fall back on my bass playing abilities."

  15. Pac, I appreciate your sentiments, but of course you knew I meant there were exceptions. You being one of them. :D
  16. Akami

    Akami Four on the floor Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2005
    It's been about 5 years since I was playing as my mainstay, which I did for 15 years, but I'm in the middle of getting ready to do it again.

    Right now we're the house band at a hot springs resort which unfortunately only means 4 nights a month. The owner wanted us to do Fri/Sat but since I'm also the main snowmobile guide and in charge of trails, not to mention lots of counter work and customer support, I really didn't want to do all that and two nights.

    Assuming we get going again it'll be back to 2-6 nights a week with 3-4 being my favorite! :hyper:
  17. LajoieT

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

    Oct 7, 2003
    Western Massachusetts
    I don't:crying:
  18. Well, at least *one* person is supportive of the idea of following one's passion instead of sitting in a silly "respectable" job. Who ever wanted respect, anyway? :)
  19. Pruitt


    Jun 30, 2005
    Danbury, CT
    I don't think anyone's being "unsupportive". I think they're being realistic. There's a difference. ;)
  20. jetsetvet

    jetsetvet Inactive

    Mar 24, 2005
    I would rather be a pro musician, but I never felt confident enough in my ability to make a decent living at it. So I am a garage band weekend warrior bass player.


    I would rather be a SCUBA guide in a tropical location, but I knew there was no real money to be earned doing that. (Maybe in retirement, but I have no plan for a formal retirement)

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