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Is music a career

I'm #career-choice a 16 year old boy trying to find a career that fits me #job #internship

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David’s Answer

Of course music can be a career. In addition to all the superstar musicians, singers that are household names, there are hundreds of thousands of others that make their living in music and entertainment. That can include bands that get gigs and travel the country/world, to backup singers, to folks in the orchestras, symphony, recording studios and more.

With that answered, you need to decide what is right for you. I'm a big proponent that you should follow your passion and if that includes music, then do it. You might make it huge and be a superstar, or you might sing to an audience of just yourself, but if that makes you happy and fulfilled then do it., but your question is around career and the nuanced implication is can you make a reasonable living out of doing music full time? To be successful in any career you need experience, talent, AND opportunity accompanied by luck. You can gain experience by spending time doing something, you can develop talent as well, but you have to have some base to start from, and determination and networking can create opportunity. And as the saying goes, the harder you work, the luckier you get.

That said, even the superstars, the ones with most raw talent, the ones that have all the right connections, they will all tell you it is a lifetime of hard work and very few see past the spotlight and celebrity of what it really takes to be successful in the music industry. If you serious about pursuing this, talk to musicians and find the best mentors you can to help you navigate the maze of a career in the industry.
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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Shameek! Music is life. I think you should pursue being a musical artist, while at the same time pursue other careers that are related to the music industry. Think about audio engineering, events management, and even coding! I'm going to add a next step for you to look at some of the opportunities to learn how to use code to remix music. In the best scenario, you should come out of high school and college with the ability to make your own music AND have other career options that let you be in the world of music if that is what you love.

Nicole recommends the following next steps:

Take a look at https://www.amazonfutureengineer.com/yourvoiceispower
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Jordan’s Answer

Music can be a promising career. The most important part of being a musician is to develop your own style.
With your own style, the music you produce is unique and cannot be found anywhere. You own the monopoly!
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Mickael’s Answer

Hi Shameek

Yes music is a career. Not everyone becomes a superstar so I would not count on that if I were you. Nevertheless, there are countless persons practicing music for events, movies (and animes/animations...), video games and other entertainment activities. Music is also use in medical environment to help certain brain illness.

That said, many people may have told you that this is unsure job, and you better find something else to make sure you can pay your bills. I am no artist, I never tried to make music my career so I cannot tell how hard full time musician may be. So if you cannot get advice from someone that is a musician, maybe think about additional ideas.
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