I write this article for myself as much as for the next musician. But before we get there, you may be asking yourself what this whole blog is all about (not just this post), and who is it for? Who is it aimed at?
Perhaps it would be too general to say that it’s aimed at the music content creator (the artist), the person who makes the music, and it’s also aimed at the music content consumer (the listener), who will hear the music and then make a decision about is likeability.
Maybe that makes its scope too wide, but for me, the overriding aim of this blog is to serve people musically, whether they be creators or consumers.
So anyway, this particular blog posting is maybe meant more for the creators than the consumers, but maybe anybody can learn a life lesson from it. Perhaps you find yourself sitting on the fence between two careers, a musical one and a corporate/day job one. I think it’s okay if you suck at the day job and are good at the music, because you know where you are headed. But what if you are good at both, and depending on which company you keep, people are expecting you to head in the one direction?
Well, a wise man once said to me that when faced with two seemingly diverse career paths, there are 3 things you can do to make decisions: first, decide to pursue the one career and then the other. It is not uncommon to have people switch careers later on in their lives, and pursue a whole different path – especially in the modern era, where 40 is the new 20, and 70 is the new 50.
We are very fortunate to live in an age where we can do this. Fifty years ago, if you were a Black woman living in South Africa, your career choices were limited to nursing and teaching. Heaven help you if you wanted to be a business woman or something.
Read on for more insights into dual careers.