CHANGING CAREERS / JAN. 19, 2015
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Pros and Cons of Quitting Your Job to Pursue a Music Career

‘Should I quit my job to pursue a career in music?’ This is a question which many people who are passionate about music ask themselves. Here are some reasons why you should not quit your job to pursue a career in music:

Money is not guaranteed

If you are not already making good money from music, it might take some time to make a name and earn a stable income. Therefore, leaving your day job is only likely to leave you broke and frustrated.

You need to spend money to make progress

Building a career in the music industry can be very expensive. You will need to invest in training, backing tracks, studio time and equipment. If you are not making enough money from your music, it would be advisable to stick to your day job to raise these finances.

Music becomes your job

Many people are involved in music because it is something they love doing. However, when you quit your job to pursue music on a full time basis, it becomes your job and not just a passion. If you fail to make an income, you might end up getting disillusioned about music. Eventually, you might end up regretting your decision and giving up on your dreams altogether.

It requires self-motivation

Many people think of professional musicians as people who just perform in front of large crowds, make lots of money and party all night. However, this is far from reality. The fact is that doing music full-time involves a lot of hard work. In most cases, there will be no one to push you to practice, get into the studio or promote your music. Therefore, if you are not self-motivated, it would not be advisable to venture into the music industry.

Here are some reasons why you should leave your day job for music:

Music requires time

Success in the music industry requires a significant investment of time. Writing lyrics, recording songs, performing in concerts, and networking with other professionals needs time. If you are working a full-time job, you will not have enough time or energy to carry out these activities.

A more fulfilled life

Many people fail to pursue a career in music due to fears of ‘financial insecurity’. Consequently, they end up remaining stuck in boring day jobs and throwing away their dreams. Life is too short. Therefore, if you are passionate about music, take a calculated risk and follow your heart. Even if you don’t make much money, at least you will have lived a fulfilled life.

 

Making a decision whether or not to quit your job to pursue a career in music requires a lot of wisdom and planning. One of the best ways of mitigating the risk is by reducing your working hours gradually. The earnings from your day job will not only meet your needs, but will also fund your music career. When you begin making a significant income from music, you can then quit your day job to focus fully on your music career.

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