I’ve found myself avoiding work as much as possible lately… There’s just something about doing mundane routines every day, dealing with a stressed & overworked boss, that just isn’t appealing to me. I’d much rather tour the Midwest with my band, or start a little business with some friends. But everyone knows you need money to make money.
What am I supposed to do? Do I quit my job & go head-on into what I want? Do I keep working & save up little by little, until I can pursue my happiness? I’m so lost…
All I want is to do something I enjoy, at least a little bit, and make enough money to support myself & move out of my parents house. Any advice?
@phaction, I’d say do this “Do I keep working & save up little by little, until I can pursue my happiness?”
But do it with a clear vision. Set goals for yourself that you can measure, so you can see the progress you’re making towards your dreams and away from your shitty job. This will remind you that you are creating your own reality.
I feel you, man. Jobs fucking suck, there is really no end to the pure loathing I have for the institution of jobs. I hate it because when I’m working all I can think about is how someone else is exploiting my inability to provide for myself, aka how i’m getting screwed. Anyone who knows me knows how I feel about throwing away my one and only life working for someone else. But just keep hanging in there.
Some Ideas for you:
-see if you can more aggressively promote your band. set up a site, if you haven’t done so already. have your own site AND one for all major social media (facebook, myspace – still good for promoting music by the way, twitter, and so forth). all of these should be linked to each other so that it is easy for people using any form of social media to find out more about your band.
-if you know any major players in your music scene, see if you can open for them or tour with them (unless you’re a major player yourself – then see if you can get on a bill with a big name band or on the bill at a major festival). read about how other bands “made it”. learn from how the greats did it, learn to think like the greats. success in the arts is not as random as it appears.
-speaking of festivals, summer is coming, and that’s festival season. a great time to go out and play festivals big and small, and get your name out there.
-on the side, try and brainstorm some ideas you have for a business.
@phaction, keep working, but actively save money on the side to pursue your dreams. I was one of those people who quit a well paying job immediately because I could not stand it, only to face an impossibly competitive job market elsewhere. Until you have enough to at least cover rent and food expenses upon bailing, I would keep workin
@phaction, it might be annoying but is it more annoying than working some job?
I didn’t mean to say musicians never make it. But, if you do want to make it, it will take work – tons more work than your job. There’s no magic answer, you will work either way, whether it’s for your band, or for your crummy boss – the easy path would be just keep working your job and doing the band as a hobby only – but you’ve already expressed your frustration with this. The pain of staying the same must be greater than the pain of change for you to excel and break out of there. But in the end, it will be more rewarding, and the reward will be all yours.
@phaction, sure, i wish you luck in whatever you decide to choose. I don’t have a band (yet), but these are things I think about a lot, myself. How I’m going to get good at creative things and actually play with my life, versus getting stuck doing some dumb job over and over til my life is gone. You really have to hustle with creative things, unlike the corporate world, there’s no raises and promotions. It’s all on you, but then again, it all BELONGS to you too.
I’ll give your band a listen!