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Are you happy with your job as a professional musician?

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Hey guys! I'm a student from cyprus, i study jazz-music performance
at the university of nicosia (http://www.unic.ac.cy/) and i need your
help to finish my research paper untill that monday (14/10/09)

The question is: Are you happy with your job as a professional musician?

Please vote simply what do you belevie about it, and for sure there's no need to show your self or something,
BUT if you like to, you can help more if you share your problems about - or the good things about your job;
as a professional musician of course!

Thank you a lot!
 

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Live performance is therapy for me, keeps me sane. I like the fact that I am part of the crew that keeps the party going and I get paid to do it, bonus.


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I'd be happier if people would buy my records and support me on a tour of Europe, Asia, North, and South America! :p
 

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It's a job you only do because you love. The money isn't great (unless you're one of a very lucky few) and the hours are ****, you don't get to see your family enough, people are constantly ****ting on you and it's HARD work.

But there is absolutely nothing like the thrill of getting on stage and having an audience respond to you. One good show makes it more than worth all the above crap.

However, I have been teaching mostly as spending time with the woman is of paramount importance. But I've been putting a band together over the past 5-6ish months and we will see where it takes us. Maybe I'll change my anwser in a year when it won't help you any. Haha.
 

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I'm not a professional musician so I didn't vote so as not to affect the poll, but... I prefer to keep guitar as a hobby these days. Work has enough pressure without adding pressure from my hobbies!!!
 

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I'd be happier if people would buy my records and support me on a tour of Europe, Asia, North, and South America! :p
hmmmm yeah i know! maybe you have to provide your music thru emailing - myspace - youtube - sound click - HERE! ;) conspiracy it's the bad chapter here! makin a record for a long time, puting your expirience from a long time ago into it without responce it's very shi-ty ;\
 

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I'm not a professional musician so I didn't vote so as not to affect the poll, but... I prefer to keep guitar as a hobby these days. Work has enough pressure without adding pressure from my hobbies!!!
;\ yeah dude! i unterstand your point here! every musician today have to have severals jobs or teaching music - playing music and more! ok life isn't easy of course....we have to make clear few things before go to study!

thank you for your comment! :wink:
 

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I was actually joking. I'm actually quite happy with being a regular Joe. I'm just happy home PC recording thing happened and that I can make all the dream records I have in my head. Making music is not my job but I've, honestly, never been happier as a musician as I have been the last few years. :D
 

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I'm a little surprised that two have responded so far saying they are not professional musicians. It will be interesting to see the trend in this thread. One thing I am always surprised about is how it seems that so many on the internet who express an interest in something also evetually see the desire/need to make it their career and life!

For example, one of my hobbies is combat flight sims. It never ceases to amaze me at how many of my fellow flight simmers are either engineers, mechanics, or even real military pilots. If they aren't already, many decide to have a career in these areas based on their love for flight sims. A discussion about a flight sim can and often will develope into very techical "shop talk" about physics or engineering since that's what these guys do for a living.

Me? Hobbies are hobbies. I have zero desire to make anything I do for fun and enjoyment also what I do as work. This is probably why I'm a business major interested in an MBA and not a PhD in business, a liberal arts or a science discipline. Mixing things that I'm interested in and do for fun with a work environment and all that jazz is a no-no for me. Work is work. Play is play. :)
 

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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.
 

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I liked it as a job in the late 70's-early 80's, when it was my one and only job. I was young then though (and single, and childless...) :)
 

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yeah....family it's another one huge chapter in musician's life ;\
maybe i have to work on it too!

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p.s: please guys vote your opinion because i need to know
 

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yeah....family it's another one huge chapter in musician's life ;\
maybe i have to work on it too!

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p.s: please guys vote your opinion because i need to know
But... you've asked a question to professional musicians on a hobbyists forum. I think you've been lucky to get the handful of votes you have already!!!
 

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But... you've asked a question to professional musicians on a hobbyists forum. I think you've been lucky to get the handful of votes you have already!!!
it's non posible to have only 5 pro here man ;\ it's a music forum! isn't it?
 

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How many professional Baseball players frequent baseball forums dedicated to a specific Jersey?

You could also define professional musician a bit more. I know plently of people who consider teachers or composers, etc, etc professional musicians.
 

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How many professional Baseball players frequent baseball forums dedicated to a specific Jersey?

You could also define professional musician a bit more. I know plently of people who consider teachers or composers, etc, etc professional musicians.
pro = money
amateur = no money
 

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pro = money
amateur = no money
Which is not what the rest of the site probably thinks!!!

A professional musician is one that pays his mortgage, his car payments and his kids' university tuition from his music and doesn't have another souce of income (other than revnue from past record sales) ;)
 
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