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Prior to my admission aerial academy and, particularly, aback my ancestors and accompany accomplished that I was activity to appear academy as a Music Education aloft and, subsequently, accomplish music my career, the abiding words of “be abiding you accept a absolute job to abatement aback on” were always categorical in my mind. As a musician, I am adequately abiding you accept heard agnate words from well-meaning ancestors and friends. And, if you accept not, you absolutely will at some point.
The aberration amid best bodies who are in the arcane arts, whether music, writing, acting, art, etc. and bodies who are not aural these accurate areas is that there tends to be a “spiritual calling,” if you will, to these vocations that begins actual aboriginal in one’s life, culminating into an anytime accretion affection over time. And, this is an aspect that bodies who are not complex in the arts cannot assume to understand.
However, in accepting aback to the “ace in the hole”/”fallback jobs” issue, abounding artists acquisitive to annual the wishes of their able-bodied acceptation ancestors and accompany will either appear academy and abstraction an different course, i.e., accounting, engineering, or booty jobs to amuse others in the absorption of eliminating ridicule.
Also, artists who are not assured that they can acquire a satisfactory and constant assets from their called art will generally opt for a “day job” that appears added adequate and as “secure.”
The admonition emptor of accomplishing so is that the artisan generally spends his or her time in ache with the day job that “pays the bills,” generally activity like a sell-out aback added time is generally allocated to it while sacrificing their adopted and adapted profession.
As an example, the boilerplate assuming artisan who has a day job works about eight hours (or more), again rushes home to rehearse with the bandage for about two to four hours several times per week.
This accurate artisan generally spends the time at his/her day job aloof (even hating) it while apperception how admirable this day time would be bigger spent rehearsing, planning and charting a music career. Over time, this can become arduous misery.
One of my abutting friends, who is an absurd music ambassador and who was additionally a recording artisan on RCA Records in the 1970s for several years, is in a agnate situation.
After his career with the characterization ended, he went to academy and majored in Accounting, acceptable a Certified Public Accountant with the Internal Revenue Service (I generally accredit to it as the *Inferno* Revenue Service due to its congenital adeptness to generally and agilely affair third amount burns to your coffer account).
My acquaintance has spent the accomplished 20+ years or so alive for the IRS, generally adulatory he would accept had the adventuresomeness to go fulltime in the Music industry.
Now, at age 56, he is counting bottomward the aftermost actual canicule (897 on the date of this article) until his retirement while generally accepting relayed to me through the years his affliction in accepting autonomous for falling aback on his own “ace in the hole” and acceptance it to become his frontline allowance earner.
I accept in accepting said all of this up to this point, my admonition is for musicians who acquisition it awfully and added difficult to acreage abundant advantageous gigs or to advertise abundant of their music to abutment themselves is to acquisition a “day job” that is still in the Music industry that will, at least, be a day gig that you can alive with, so to speak, while not causing you aloft abasement and, ultimately, regret. As such, please accede the afterward areas that you may acquisition beneficial:
* CD Awning Design
(I accept met a cardinal of musicians and recording artists who are additionally able artists and painters. If this describes you, why not use your art accomplishment to accommodate different and aboriginal CD awning designs for added artists?)
(If you are a artisan and songwriter, of which abounding musicians artlessly are, you could action to write, align for, or accredit some of your songs to added recording artists. It is my acquaintance that abounding musicians generally accept a abundant cardinal of songs that they never intend to use, however, acquiesce ego to abandon benign accepted business sense. Therefore, why not put these accurate songs that you are acceptable to never use alone to acceptable approaching income-earning use by acceptance added artists to get them out there for you and aftermath royalty
* Voice/Music Instructor
(Are you a gifted, acclimatized or professionally accomplished accompanist or musician? If so, analysis out breadth aerial schools or colleges to apprentice if they accept artisan address programs that will pay you to advise in their workshops? You could additionally acquaintance association colleges to appeal to become a allotment of their Continuing Education programs to advise your skill. These tend to pay actual appropriate salaries as well).
* Equipment/Electronics Craftsman
(Do you accept accessories architecture and/or electronics skills? If so, and you are additionally a musician, you are acceptable somewhat of an able in complete technology. So, why not actualize your own ancillary business while creating your own bandage of complete products?)
* Accessories Rental/Repair
(Many musicians accept a lot of balance complete or agreeable accessories that they no best use. Why not put this
equipment to abundant use with breeding a ancillary assets by renting it out? Also, if you are acceptable at acclimation music and complete equipment, this is yet addition abundant assets that musicians would acquisition useful, particularly, if your ante are lower than added adjustment shops).
* Van/Truck Transport
(If you own a van or truck, you can accomplish some acceptable money alteration accessories aback and alternating to gigs for added bands)
* Your Own Flat As An Assets Generator
(If you accept a flat that has added “bells and whistles” than abounding or best in your area, accomplish funds by alms its casework to bounded recording artists who do not accept such. And, if you can additionally engineer, you can access your ante alike more).
* Your Record Label
(Obviously, with your own music, you acceptable accept accustomed a label. So, why not about-face it into an alike greater money-maker by signing added bounded artists who are not accustomed with how to accomplish a characterization on their own, or accept no absorption in accomplishing so?)
* Jingle/Ad Writer For Bounded Businesses
(Contact bounded businesses to apprentice if they would be absorbed in your creating unique/original chime advertisements for them that they can run on their bounded radio or cable stations. Bigger yet, why not go advanced and actualize a customized (maybe, humorous) chime for a few bounded businesses, again accord it to them on CD for their review. You are acceptable to aces up a few accounts this way for sure).
* Alive Complete Engineer
(Many bands do not accept their own complete engineer. Can you run acceptable sound? If so, why not action to do so for bounded bands? You can alike allegation added if you use your own equipment. Also, you can add alike added assets if you run date lighting forth with the sound).
* Alive Video Recording
(As with the ahead mentioned Artist/Painter, I accept additionally met a few recording artists who are filmmakers and blur producers. So, why not put this aptitude to use by alms bounded musicians the adventitious to get some video footage from their gigs that they can use in the approaching or aftermath their videos?)
* Bandage Manager
(Do you run your own band? If so, why not accede managing addition bandage (or two) from your own bounded breadth for a fee?)
(If you accept bounded theatres in your area, addition assets aperture can be generated by contacting bounded producers who may acceptable the befalling to appoint your band’s agreeable casework as background/supporting music).
* Flea Markets
(Why not alpha a amusement business by acrimonious up some acclimated agreeable or complete accessories at adjustment shops, again re-selling it at a college amount for a accumulation at bounded flea markets?)
* Music Gig Photographer
(Are you acceptable with a agenda camera? Then, for a profit, use your digicam to booty alive photos of bounded musicians’
performances that they can use on their websites and in their promotional literature).
* Call Amplitude Rental
(If you own a appropriate admeasurement soundproofed call amplitude that you convenance in, or you artlessly accept a amplitude that is vacant, why not soundproof it and hire it out to added bounded musicians?)
* Accessories Cases
(Can you body customized accessories cases? If so, this could be a abundant bandage of articles as well).
* Recording Flat Player
(If you are a artistic or adapted player, accede hiring out your casework for recording artists who cannot comedy or who are not as able-bodied trained).
* Flat Engineer
(As with the Alive Complete Architect above, if you are an aberrant engineer, action your casework to bounded bands in
order to advice them get the best aural product).
* Flat Producer
(The flat producer, generally changeable with the flat engineer, is added of a activity administrator who makes abiding that all elements of the recording action are met and in a appropriate manner).Tags: ace in the hole, career killers, spiritual calling