Are you considering a career in music, or have you already committed to a career in music but are unsure of how to get off the ground? I invite you to come on this journey of discovery with me. I have not “arrived” by any stretch of the imagination. I still have a lot of life in front of me, and I hope to see career growth along every step of the way. However, I have been able to defy a lot of odds and assumptions in my professional life up to now. You don’t have to look hard to find people who are bemoaning the “death of classical music” or who are questing the value of artists in the workforce. The governor of my state of Kentucky gave his own little tirade againsts art programs in public universities recently. It’s easy to start listening to all of the voices out there and get nervous about following your passion. Now, I fully understand that passion doesn’t put food on the table, but if you are smart and creative in building your career, your passion can be the means of putting food on the table.
University music programs tend to a great job at producing stellar musicians, but they don’t seem to do as good a job at preparing their students to turn that musicianship into a profitable career. Some argue that universities need to work to fix this situation, but others argue that that is the way it is supposed to be! That’s an argument for another post, for now, most young professionals need to acknowledge early that relying strictly on the knowledge they got in college may not be enough to build their career. Learning must be something that continues through your whole life, and after years of working for musical ability and knowledge, it’s now time to learn how to make that music ability and knowledge work for you.
I hope that as I share my experiences, both good and bad, through this blog, that you will find it helpful in jump-starting your career. Always feel free to comment or contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to taking this journey with you.