So the first step you can take if you face the duality of career choices is to do the one and then the other. You would share the company of many a fellow musician if that is the case.
ABBA’s AgnethaFaltskög worked for a while as a secretary. As I understand it, and recall, Madonna worked in a burger joint in New York before she got her big break. And then there is a host of lesser known musicians, all of them excellent and very talented, who all had lengthy day jobs before they switched to music.
Some of them did it because they did not yet have the confidence to venture out into the musical world, some of them did it to ensure their families would not starve to death, some of them did it because they felt that they had two voices inside of them, and they wanted to get the one out and silenced before they could turn their attention to the other. We sometimes place such great limitations on ourselves by expecting either/or. Life does not have to be that limiting.
The second action step you can take when faced with the dilemma if a dual career is to delegate the one career away to someone else. Perhaps this is possible in some cases, but not in others – that is a call only you can make. Perhaps as you switch careers you can phase the first one out, and that means delegating more and more away as you make the switch.
The third action step is to integrate the two. Ask yourself the quality question: how does the one serve the other? Your brain will come up with creative ways of linking the two, even if they are miles apart. You might say how do photocopier repairs and being a lead guitarist speak to each other? Well, aside from the fact that copiers make very musical sounds when they copy (which can be inspiring for coming up with new music and you songwrite), the technicality of fixing one will no doubt give you great technical skills for guitar.
Read the conclusion of this blog in part 3.