If your asking yourself this question please read. Just waned to put this out there.
I didn’t want to sound like a bitter failure because I have had a little success. Releases on small record labels. Mine-stream radio play, Local radio play and interviewees, Gigs and small festivals. I even put on club nights. In a way I am a little annoyed I did’t make it big as anyone would be and I could chase it more but if I could do it again I would study something with a future.
This is the harsh truth that they don’t want to tell you. Most people say they want to study music because they want to do what they love. But in reality you will only do what you love for a very short time because as soon as you finish studying it will fade quickly. This rest of your life will be in a rubbish, low paid unrelated job. But if being a manager at Tesco is what you love then do it.
In reality all the other people that I knew from my year and the year above and bellow now have minimum wage jobs. Some have 20k a year jobs. Very, very few had success like mine and only one had something a little cool. But even that cool thing was not really anything. This is out of about 60 people.
You might have an idea of fame and you might be good at school but are you that good. Once you leave school all the people who where the best in there year will now be in your class at college. These are the people who now have crap jobs.
I though I was good a guitar until I got to college. I was though a good composer and producer mainly because I was completely obsessed. Buy that’s still not enough you need so much more. Here is something to think about…. Most people couldn’t compete with me at college and I still can’t make any real money form music.. Your competition is crazy and some don’t get it together more than saying they will come to band practices and never turning up.
Some people are crazy motivated, really good with people and have talent and still don’t make it. I have a few friends right now, still in the game working at it with more talent than I had and still not getting that far.
Also some people in the music industry are dicks. They have fame, money and power. They also know what people will do just to be around them. Get used to feeling like you not worth anything when you talk to them… or well try to talk to them.
Remember if I go for a job now any of my musical success mean nothing at all. Think there are like what 70 people a year graduating just in my town. Do you really think there are jobs for us all.. in music related jobs? I probably have the skills to work in a professional studio but will never get a job in one.
Here is the deal. I’m 25 back at college and feeling like a bit of a idiot because of it but I’m happy. I don’t know what your situation is but going back to school after a point becomes very hard. The reason I’m happy is because now in Engineering I have a future other than 20k a year.. its like 60-80k a year. Compared to Engineering music was a piss take but now I have a seance of accomplishment.
What you want when you are older will change, trust me. You don’t want to have a moment in life where you relies you have trapped yourself into only getting minimum wage for the rest of you life, It doesn’t feel good and I know.. I had that moment. It dosn’t feel good trying to convince yourself that becoming a manger at (wherever) is a ok future. Money isn’t everything but financial stability is important. Lukly I fell into something and was given the finances to study again.
I feel like a 16-18 year old wont understand this so I will elaborate. How long before your parents tell you to move out or ask you to pay real amounts as rent? They love you but there will be a point…. Your be surprised how meany people have kids and at what age…. accidents happen. Working a full-time job with what ever responsibilitys is hard. Think you can put together 9000 for college fees on minimum wage? lol think you have money to go out? Try to do music at the same time? Promote yourself at the same time? Study full time at the same time? put together money for a demo and video? Be ready for and play gigs? Write songs? Buy instruments and equipment? Have fun? Trust me just studying a good subject in the first place is easier than trying to combine one or two of them with 9am till 5pm at work. Hope you don’t enjoy sleep.
In the end I don’t think any moment will feel as good as the day I signed my first contract but it wasn’t worth what I had to do to get a real life after and what I had to do as I was still chasing the dream. Yes there was some money but nothing more than you could spend on a few good nights out. But if you want just ignore this then read online about how you could be a piano teacher too!!!