Im almost 30 years old.
Ive been playing guitar for 15 years (teaching it the last 8 years), been playing bass for the last 3 years, been making beats a little over a year. Ive played a lot shows, recorded a couple of albums. Needless to say, I've dedicated a lot of my time to music.
Since Im on the door step of turning 30, Ive been doing a lot of reflecting. besides teaching music, I haven't made much of a living or had enough success to fully live off of music. I still live at home (I live in california and rent is ridiculously high for a studio or one bedroom apartment for a single person), I have a BA in communications, a part-time market research job in which I'm about to be promoted to a lead position. I usually have anywhere from 20-30 music students (through a music school so I get a cut of the tuition). I have been getting better at writing and producing and have a friend that is willing to send my beats out for me. So its not all bad but my music career could be better.
All of my friends are making $50-100K a year, saving up for retirement, houses, future families. They occasionally go to cool places for vacation, go out to dinner/for drinks. Overall they live a "normal" lifestyle. They seem happy but not at the same time. With this, I'm starting to feel like the weird friend whos 30 and still lives at home so he can make a living off of music.
I've been debating on dropping music (and possibly my market research jon) to pursue a career that pays more so that I can live on my own and not feel like a weirdo. But at the same time, I want don't want the "normal" lifestyle. The whole 9-6 job scares me as I have anxiety but also you basically count down the days till you retire and then you die. I dont want a family as I have no desire to have kids and/or get married. I dont want to buy a house as I would like the freedom to pick up and move anywhere Id like without the hassle of selling a home. I like going to dinner with friends but I dont go out anymore. I dont like most of the things most people like. I love art, music, movies, books, etc. I do like traveling and thats why I want to be able to be successful enough to travel and collaborate making music with other people in different parts of the world.
I dont care If I make a ton of money if I do music. I want enough to rent an apartment/house, afford gear if I need any (I already have a lot of nice gear so mostly anything I buy is not out of necessity), your typical living expenses, go for t... keep reading on reddit ➡