Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The life of a musician

The purpose of this post is to educate people that the life of a musician isn't easy.
It is just like any other job, it has its ups and downs.

Some people stereotype musicians as being:

  • Drunks                                                           
  • Drug Addicts
  • Cheaters
  • Liars
  • Ego Manics
  • Lazy
  • Divas
  • More
I am a singer and I play guitar.
It takes at least a year to learn the basics of rhythm guitar.
You never can master the guitar,you just keep practicing and getting better.
Singing can come naturally to some people,but most have to practice until they get good enough to sing onstage.
Usually it takes a couple of hours to learn to perform a song.
Then after you get the ability to perform you must have equipment.

A basic set up for a small bar band is gonna cost you a couple of thousand dollars for P.A.
Then you figure the cost of a guitar can be several hundred dollars.

So it is expensive to be a musician.

There are a few benefits of being a musician!

You  get to do what you love
You can be your own boss
You meet some interesting people

When you get the right crowd and the right band it can be a magical experience

If you are considering becoming a musician for a profession, I would recommend that you have another trade that you can fall back on, unless you are ready to move to a large city where you will be able to find work.

I would also recommend that you learn the art of songwriting,and perform your own music.
This way you can make extra money from your writing and you can also sell your own cds.

These days you really need to treat yourself like a brand, and promote the brand.

I would recommend you hire a professional photographer to put yourself a PR kit together, which would include a cd with 4-5 songs on it with a short bio and picture.

I wish you the best if you have any questions please feel free to leave me a message or just ask it in the comments.

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