- If I can make a living in any way, shape or form by doing what I love, it’s probably worth it.
- Having multiple sources of income means that, if one of them goes away, at least I’ll have a security net with the other(s).
- Maybe I’m someone who needs variety in order to feel fulfilled and engaged and have fun.
- I have multiple strengths and talents – why should I limit myself to making a living using only one?
Looking closely at those four realizations, I’ve come to a simple conclusion:
- Interning at a recording studio – to observe, learn, and soak up everything about it
- Taking voice lessons – not just once but several times a week, and getting to practice every single day
- Taking violin lessons – I played for 15 years when I was younger, and really want to get back into it
- Conducting informational interviews – I want to talk with anyone and everyone in music to hear their stories, find out why they love what they do, and hear about the path they took
- Going back to school – whether in person or online, whether for performance or audio engineering (or both!)
- Writing – continuing this blog, and also potentially publishing a book of my informational interviews to share with others who are on a similar path as me
- Attending as local concerts as possible
- Performing in open mic nights
- Jamming informally with other singers and musicians
- Singing for weddings and funerals at my church
- And whatever else strikes my fancy
I just want a year where I concentrate on nothing else (job-wise) except music. I truly feel this is what I need to figure out exactly where my strengths lie and what I really enjoy, and ultimately how I can make my living in music – whether in just one type of job or several.