Over the 20 years that I’ve been a working musician, I have gleemed many an insight into what it takes to be able to do this for the long haul. With my current band, Fishtank Ensemble, we just released our 3rd album, ‘Woman in Sin’ and are currently touring about half of the year. We are an almost completely do-it-yourself band.
So what does it mean to be a successful struggling musician? It means that you are pursuing your passion, music, while still able to pay to your bills and live a reasonably good life (and hopefully save a little). There are so many trade-offs in choosing to pursue your dreams. Non-artistic people think it’s an easy decision to ‘not get a real job’. Tthat might be true when you’re young. But the older you get the harder it gets. These following tips are knowledge that I’ve learned from my experience that will help you down your path becoming a successful struggling musician, and eventually, just a successful musician.
In part 1 of this 3 part series, I will be outlining the more practical aspects of what this entails.