As musicians and creatives we have the luxury of being able to do what we want with our career but that sometimes has its downfalls.
We're all different
There is no set career path for us we take in our roles and everyones path is as different as our personality. With so many different avenues and lines of work available to us we're able to make a living in lots of different ways. But because all those ways can look different it's important that we take stock. Although we're doing 'music', are we doing something that is true to us and what we really want to be doing? As an example - are you a touring player but want to be doing more studio work?
Whilst both are great and in music both equally valid; some would opt for one or the other - whilst some of us are thinking 'well I'm doing one but want to be doing the other although I'm earning a living from doing it so what's the big deal?'
Staying true to yourself
We chose to do music to follow our passions in the first place so surely doing 'music' as a living but not being fully committed to it is kind of a halfway house.
So make a point of asking yourself 'am I really being true to myself? - is this really want I want from my creative career?'
And if it's not then that is fine - recognise that and accept where you are but then look to make plans to change that in slow time.
My point here is don't just accept where you are as being it and that's where you stay. You have the power to do whatever you want and you made the jump into music in the first place so do yourself a favour and live your creative life to the full!
Mark is an online session drummer based in Reading UK providing remotely recorded drums to clients all over the world.
His main focus on the drums is to always serve the song and listen to what is being played by the other instruments in the band. It's always about the song.
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