#1
I plan to make a living from music. Do you think making enough money to live off of by means of music is unrealistic? By this I mean doing paid pub gigs, functions, weddings etc? Would it be difficult to do?
#3
depends where you live, if you live in a big city it may be easier to find gigs,
but it is probably possible
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#4
Going into a tough industry without a proper business plan, you might wanna get used to shopping at Lidl. Though i'd imagine you'd have a lot of spare time doing that kind of job, so you can give lessons and stuff to make more money on the side. It's not the worst idea ever.
#5
it would be hard to start out with no income

it is unrealistic to think you could make a living off of musical income alone to start out with. but after you established yourself in your area and if you booked gigs then it is an entirely realistic idea, and yes it would be difficult
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#6
It's certainly possible, but I think:
1) It's best if you have some sort of backup plan, and
2) Always think twice before devoting your entire life to something. I still don't know what kind of life I want to lead. It takes a lot of confidence to dedicate yourself to something, especially a life in music.

Will you enjoy playing pubs and weddings? Will you be able to sustain your creativity?
#8
I wasn't expecting to quit my job (if I had one) and go straight off tomorrow and just go for it. It's a long term goal. I'm gunna do open mic nights and stuff in pubs and try get a few paid slots. Then build up from there. I'll always have a job as well in case things go tits up. But I would like to be able to work maybe 2 or 3 days a week and be able to make enough money from gigs and stuff to be financially comfortable


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#9
It's not impossible to make comfortable money in music, but your revenue stream is too narrow. You are not going to get by doing that. Being a musician is being a business entity. If that's your only service, you are not going to make much unless you are exceptional in a world of highly specialized musicians.

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#10
I wouldn't try to make my living off music unless I knew I had a talent that was better than everybody else's out there. The music business is a risky one, always have a Plan B. (A.k.a. don't quit your job, play on the side.)
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#11
Ah damn it, I'm an idealist, I say go for it if you're sure it's what you want.
Even if it'll be hard I'm positive that you can do it if you keep your goal in mind and never give up, you'll find a way sooner or later.
#12
Don't do it until you get the leprechaun's pot of gold. Only then will you be lucky enough to make it without being signed.

On a serious note, if you're good enough, go for it, but don't expect too much income from it. If you really wanna be on a good path with music, I would look into becoming a studio musician. If they take you, you'd probably be better off than just looking for gigs that would probably only pay a couple hundreds bucks a show with no guarantee of playing there again.
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#13
it'll be VERY difficult, todays mass market has no room for talent (justin bieber and the such) only marketability
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#14
nope, I don't think you can do it TS.
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#15
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#16
Definetly can be done, and I would encourage it. But, it will be hard. But its been done by a lot of people.
#17
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Why? Because I have ambition and want to actually use my guitar playing for something useful? You're a knob and therefore deserve

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Why? Because I have ambition and want to actually use my guitar playing for something useful?

Ambition without strategy is still nothing.

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Ambition without strategy is still nothing.

Indeed. Hence why I said in my second post (I think) that I am going to start small and work up in short.
#20
One of my friends got signed to a booking agent just from playing 2/3 hours of covers for parties and functions. Gets shit loads of money for it.

If not, move to Spain, get a holiday villa to rent out to holidaymakers, and join a covers band, they love covers bands in bars over there.
#22
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Indeed. Hence why I said in my second post (I think) that I am going to start small and work up in short.

That's not good enough though. You're not gaining a good enough perspective of exactly what the market is like. If you want to be a musician--fine, but you have to really know what you're getting into.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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#23
It's ok, TS, I have aspirations of living off my music too.

Thankfully, my girlfriend has serious connections with major labels, and is getting me an audition in front of roughly 10 of them by the end of next month. So I guess I'm just getting insanely lucky in that regard (assuming I get signed)

Long story short, start plowing a girl who has good connections in the industry, then mooch like hell until you make it.
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#24
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That's not good enough though. You're not gaining a good enough perspective of exactly what the market is like. If you want to be a musician--fine, but you have to really know what you're getting into.

That's why I said I was going to keep a job while I try build something of it. I'm not gunna dive in head first without a backup. I like learning from my own mistakes. You don't make any mistakes and you won't properly understand. I know it won't be smooth sailing from the off and it will likely go tits up several times.


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It's ok, TS, I have aspirations of living off my music too.

Thankfully, my girlfriend has serious connections with major labels, and is getting me an audition in front of roughly 10 of them by the end of next month. So I guess I'm just getting insanely lucky in that regard (assuming I get signed)

Long story short, start plowing a girl who has good connections in the industry, then mooch like hell until you make it.


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It's not. Too bad. No, I am not refunding you those 6 seconds of your life. So :P