Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Being A Musician
As the music industry resets itself and we all try to make sense of it all, some things are inevitably the same. Even though the entire entertainment industry revolves around the talent, it seems that the artists are always on the bottom of the pile when it comes to respect and financial consideration. I don't mean to appear as if I'm just beating a "Get Money" drum, I'm just trying to help us make sense of and see the reality we are dealing with. Being a musician is much like being a teacher. Teachers are probably the most important people in our society yet they are sorely underpaid and not well respected. The same can be said for the treatment of musicians. Everyone loves music and they want to be able to go out and enjoy great musicians and hire us for their events but when it comes to compensation, people just don't see what we do as a viable or valuable asset. Why do you think this is? Well, I think it's because for so long we, just as teachers, have allowed people to take what we do for granted. This happens largely because being a musician or teacher is a passionate calling and not a career chosen necessarily for it's financial rewards. It just seems to me that as our industry resets, this is a great time for us to establish another level of respect in the hiring community. We need to educate people on the value of what we do and why they MUST compensate us for it. I can't tell you how many people I meet that will ask how I make a living as a musician because they just don't see or respect it as a REAL career. Well guess what? IT IS A REAL CAREER! And it is up to us to help start to turn the tide. I feel the same way about teachers being that most of us as musicians are also educators in one way or another. No need to complain let's just CHANGE IT. Perception is reality so let's give people another perception of who we are, what we do and what it is worth. Enjoy the journey.
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