I would guess the world needs more neuroscientists than musicians at the moment, but if music is your call, who’s to stop you
I’m currently engage in a number of projects but AJ and the micro stock market has always been very appealing me, and as long as it’s gaining ground, I’m increasing my commitment. Living in Sweden, with high taxes and high costs of living, I would have to double or triple my current AJ earnings (on a regular monthly basis) before I can afford to drop my other ventures altogether. AJ is great fun but as in all business, there are no free lunches and every now and then the game changes completely. The only thing that stays constant is an insane level of competition, both in terms of quality and quantity.
Before anyone goes full time music, I think they need to take a deep breath, and go through this check list:
- Is music important to you?
- Have you tried every other possible career?
- Are you more successful selling your music than anyone (including you) thought was even possible?
- Do you work really really fast?
- Do you have the stamina (and patience) to do this all day, every day, for the rest of your life? (What will you do when you are 50 years old?)
- When the studio feels small and dark, no one’s calling or emailing, you’re down and out of inspiration, does playing an instrument or writing a tune ALWAYS pick you up?
- Are you prepared to drop all your favourite old-school music genres behind you and learn everything you need to know about what the kids are digging? (Every year?)
- Do you realise only about 20% of your time will go into producing, the rest will be sales, marketing and administration?
- Are you nuts?
If you answered “yes” on all points, you’re good to go. Give it a few years and find out!