Career Day: Musician

5/20/09

In the words of Doug H. being a musician takes three things, hard work, hard work, and more hard work. “Does anyone here love music?” Doug asked. Most of the audience replied yes, then Doug asked again, “Do you really love music? And I mean love. Not just, Oh yeah, I ‘love’ music.”

That glamorous life you have all heard about, it isn’t real. “About one in a million bands get the limousines, concerts, and money,” Doug said. If you truly enjoy making reckless, yet joyful noise on your instrument of choice then go for it. But if you really love it then you won’t just practice oh say, thirty minutes a day. Doug continued, “We’re talkin’ three to five hours a day and you practice that long because you feel like you need to.”

According to Doug H. as a musician you are never simply finished. There is always something to work on, something to improve. There are many reasons why you shouldn’t become a musician. It’s hard to pay rent et cetera. And it is extremely hard to “make it” as a fellow musician. If you are passionate about making and listening to music then all the fame, glory, and money shouldn’t matter. Some people may ask why you would “throw away” so much to be a musician, but it’s what you want and you do it because you love it.

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2 Responses to Career Day: Musician

  1. Hannah says:

    That’s probably why being a musician for a living isn’t for me… I do LOVE music, and I have an interest in perhaps playing it, but I’m not that dedicated. Who’s this Doug H.?

  2. musicwoman says:

    Doug H.,
    Thank you for this post. I’ve maintained the musician lifestyle for 38 years and founded Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. to support women musicians, globally, and men who support them. Please see my latest post and comment on it. You’re words are like balm to my brain!
    JC

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