Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: The FTL, Florida
Re: are you happy with your job as a musician?
I think the flight sim analogy is a tad different. A flying jet is physics in motion. I like flight sims and have an engineering background (somewhat). I sometimes tend to envision changes in speed and direction by thinking of an airplane (or other object) in flight. I think something similar can be said for cars. Lots of science and physics there. Hell, I think lots of car guys know a good deal of physics without even realizing it!
Getting somewhat back on-topic, yeah, guitar is a hobby for me but I like to approach it professionally. If I show up to play a show, I take it seriously and try to put on a good show. And I've been paid once or twice too. LOL! Also (and it might sound dumb) but I've always approaced my own skill level on the instrument in terms of, say, if I could pass a Frank Zappa audition. (Hypothetically speaking, of course. This would be a little difficult to accomplish now.) I don't think I'm at that level yet but that's more a personal growth thing anyway.
Ultimately, I play for my own personal enjoyment. There was a time where it became like a job and I ended up disliking it so much I stopped playing entirely for 3-4 years.