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Old 02-04-2013, 01:53 AM   #1
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Chances of making it as a musician?

I've got 2 years left of high school. And while I do have some time left to think about it, I honestly have no idea what I want to do with my life. I definitely want something in music, but I have no idea what. I'd like to try to get into being a musician, but I know it probably wouldn't be easy, and the chances of making it would be slim. My second choice is becoming a high school music/choir teacher. So what are the chances of making it as a musician?
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:56 AM   #2
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:56 AM   #3
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:59 AM   #4
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your chances of being a musician are 100%, actually. but your chances of 'making it' are nil.
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:06 AM   #5
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get a music degree then
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:08 AM   #6
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become a teacher, the music industry is 95 per cent fake and shit
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:08 AM   #7
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Depends on what field of music. If you want to play in a band, the chances are so low it's not even worth it. However, careers like music therapy or music production offer much higher odds of success.
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:12 AM   #8
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Don't ever give up on your dream...you never know what could happen. Don't think about the odds, because there's always a chance you can make it. Go to college, start working but still play music to your heart's content. One day...BAM sex, drugs, rock and ****en roll!!!
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:15 AM   #9
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You'll have to sell yourself out.

And I'm not kidding.
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:18 AM   #10
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Play a lot of local shows with your band
Take pictures and record your own album.
If you don't make it, you still have an awesome box of your gig days.
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:19 AM   #11
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You'll get out as much effort as you put it. If you're lucky you'll get more than you put in, And if you're not you suck balls(literally, That'll be the only way to make money. sucking balls.)

But really, you're not gonna get 'discovered'
You've gotta put effort into writing good music and enjoy it at the same time, You've gotta work on getting gigs, and You've gotta work on making as many friends as you can.




I didn't actually read the op, So this could all be completely irrelevant...
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:25 AM   #12
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:00 AM   #13
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become a teacher, the music industry is 95 per cent fake and shit

who da hell is this guy and why is he banned

I leave you with this mystery, pit, do not disappoint me
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:08 AM   #14
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Work towards the path of becoming a music teacher, it is something I am considering changing my major in as well. It will give you something to fall back on, in a field you love, if your dream as a musician is slow or fails. Also assuming your parents/relatives/teachers are hammering you on what to do in life (still have a lot of time) you have something to tell them that will actually help you towards what you really want to do, be a musician.

Also you get excused to buy random instruments, so when you come home with the national instrument of a random third world country to learn how to play, you won't get as many weird looks lol.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:10 AM   #15
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0% chance...in a few years you'll completely change your mind about everything anyways. Keep music as a hobby.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:31 AM   #16
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Work towards the path of becoming a music teacher, it is something I am considering changing my major in as well. It will give you something to fall back on, in a field you love, if your dream as a musician is slow or fails. Also assuming your parents/relatives/teachers are hammering you on what to do in life (still have a lot of time) you have something to tell them that will actually help you towards what you really want to do, be a musician.

Also you get excused to buy random instruments, so when you come home with the national instrument of a random third world country to learn how to play, you won't get as many weird looks lol.

Went the exact opposite way. I wanted to teach music at first and music school made me want to go to a different field. I rarely play my instrument for enjoyment nowadays; have to learn my ii-V licks, learn tunes/read charts, and learn all the other technical requirements for the semester. Just going to finish the diploma (so I have something at least) and going to a better school for academics, since the best program my school has IS the one I'm in right now.

EDIT: If you really want to become a "pro" guitar player, you'll most likely have to compete with guys who can play and read their butts off.

PS I'm not discouraging you, I'm just telling you that you NEED absolute dedication to your instrument (and everything else) to become a working musician.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:33 AM   #17
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Fairly reasonable I guess. I want to teach and then also have a local gigging band. That's what my guitar teacher does. Gigs and teaches and nothing else. Earns a comfortable living too.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:33 AM   #18
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who da hell is this guy and why is he banned

I leave you with this mystery, pit, do not disappoint me

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Old 02-04-2013, 03:41 AM   #19
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Depends what "making it" means. If you want it as your main source of income, you should probably give up that dream. Personally, I'd be pretty happy with playing shows semi-regularly and just having people want to listen

If you really like music, you should get into something that involves music, but isn't playing in a band. I think being a school band teacher would be pretty cool. You'll probably meet other people who like music, and possibly find a few people to play in a band with.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:43 AM   #20
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nowhere near as unattainable as some seem to think, imo.

You can make enough money to live on by playing gigs.

If you're good enough you can get a contract with a cruise ship, which means you'll get to see the world and have most of you expenses paid, which makes up for the mediocre pay.

I'm shooting for a cruise ship gig myself but you have to know a metric ****tonne of tunes, 300 by memory in as many styles as possible. Reading is probably a requirement.
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