#1
Does anyone ever find that people don't take them seriously as a musician? Especially teenagers which have the biggest chance of making it somewhere in the future.
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There's a harsh stereotype on high school bands and kids, that they're lazy punks who sit in their garage, smoke pot, do a song, smoke more, drink some beer, and play the song agian... with screaming....

It's an annoying thing to be a teenage musician, but you just gotta prevail over it bro. Learn something real complicated to demand their respect. Punch them in the face with their own words.
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I find that true also.
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There's a harsh stereotype on high school bands and kids, that they're lazy punks who sit in their garage, smoke pot, do a song, smoke more, drink some beer, and play the song agian... with screaming....

It's an annoying thing to be a teenage musician, but you just gotta prevail over it bro. Learn something real complicated to demand their respect. Punch them in the face with their own words.


I come out of a local music scene where most of the bands are actually quite serious about what they are doing. I actually don't have a big problem with beeing taken seriously, acutally a lot of people do take me seriously. I just see it with a lot of other people who just can't be bothered to support their friends and beleive in their friends dreams and goals and just take it al for granted.
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Thank you. I completely agree about the steriotypes.
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#7
I'm taken pretty seriously I guess, the main reason kids around here wouldn't get taken seriously is because people think "They just want to be in a band to be cool."

With me, though, I do gigs, and I even take free gigs (benefit shows and stuff) just because I love playing out. If you are serious and want to make music most people will see that. It's when you start believing you're a big star that people will think you're full of it.
#8
This happens a lot, when I tell some people about our band, I get a lot of laughs and lame comments. I guess some of that comes from me being kind of a jokester around school, but when I'm serious about something they'd know.

But it's probably the age for most people, they think you're too young or that you're emo or something. Not really a problem for me however... as long as the bandmates know what they're doing and my friends believe and support us, I'm good.
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Does anyone ever find that people don't take them seriously as a musician? Especially teenagers which have the biggest chance of making it somewhere in the future.



why do you say teens have the biggest chance of making it??? Age has absolutly nothing to do with it, its all about the music your band produces. I hate those kind of people that are like if this doesnt happen for me before im 20, ill never make it in music.
#11
I guess I should say that for say, but if you look at a band of 19 year olds who are just out of high school who are amazing at music are more likely going to be able to dedicate all of there time to this music than someone who is 40 working full time and has a family.
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I guess I should say that for say, but if you look at a band of 19 year olds who are just out of high school who are amazing at music are more likely going to be able to dedicate all of there time to this music than someone who is 40 working full time and has a family.


Take Metallica, they are way old and still highly respected in the music industry. Also, The Darkness are pretty good too, but not many people see them as serious musicians.

Also, I am in a band, I get laughed alot at college about it but once Im on stage and they are all watching me blast out some amazing tunes on my guitar, really, Im the one laughing.
#13
He means its harder to start out playing when you're in your 40's or so, and I think there's some truth to that. Especially if you're talking about rock music; let's face it, rock is a lot about image too. People accept veteran bands because they've been around awhile, but if a balding guy with a beer gut decides to start gigging when he gets out of the office, and is headbanging while playing the guitar, there will be people who do not take him seriously at all.

Whenever a band of older guys comes around, I always hear comments like "They're just trying to pretend they're young." They almost always have other jobs, houses, families, etc., but they love music enough to have fun and play it. And yet, people think that because they happen to have financial security, they have no business playing rock music.


The issue with younger kids is, I think, not necessarily being taken seriously as musicians. If you are good enough at your instrument, most people will realize it. Kids are not always taken seriously when they say they want to make a living out of it, though. The only reason for that is that most people probably don't expect most of these kids to stick with music when they don't have enough money to eat, and they might be right most of the time. Out of the exceptions who are dedicated enough to continue, many of them will still probably live paycheck to paycheck. No non-musician would seriously believe this to be the aspiration of a teenager for their life, so the only way to prove them wrong is to show them, I guess.
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Hint #1 for being taking seriously. Stop saying "I'm in a band." Start saying "I'm a performing musician."

If you can't say that, and have it be the truth, then you don't deserve to be taken seriously. You're not a musician, you're certainly not getting paid for it if you're not performing. You're someone with a hobby trying to present an image.

If you're serious about it, and if it's something that's serious to you -- more than a hobby, and not just something you "want to be when you have a band, or your band is better." Then start presenting yourself seriously. People will take you seriously when you can present what you do as an actual source of income, and a way of supporting yourself that's equivelant or better than other work you can get.

"I am a performing musician." Period. If you can't say it, mean it, and be it, then you're not serious enough to be taken seriously.

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Alternatively, "I teach music/guitar" is equally, or more, acceptable. If it's the truth.
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the trick is to play to peoples taste. it both impresses and improves your playing. for example, i went round my friends house on numerous times and played some good ol time blues to their grandparents because i know thats what they like best. gives me a chance to play in varies of different styles and generes
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