How long did you have to train and was it hard?
i really want to know this question because i don't want to start my career late, I don't want to be in my mid-30s and just barely started my career on music. i'm trying to start my music career as early as possible.
A career in music is never promised, I myself have been playing music in various degrees for over 20 years, I have played empty rooms and sold out venues, but I pay my bills and afford life with my Tech Job.
That being said, one of my favorite bands (and an extremely successful one at that) LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, James Murphy who fronts the band and writes the music, didn't even form the band until he was 33. You'll find that some of your favorite artists, or famous musicians have been in a plethora of bands and projects. Networking, experience, involving yourself in your local music scene will help propel your career.
Fallout boy was playing VFW Halls, and Community centers, and now they play stadiums, gotta start somewhere.
I have had 4 "careers" in my 41 years in the workforce, the latest one I started at age 57.
I started as a music teacher, moved on to being an airline manager, then an elearning consultant for a medical center, and now an instructional designer. At no time did I feel that I was arriving late for anything. Throughout it all, I have been making music in one way or another, at one point while I was working at the medical center, I was also giving private trumpet lessons.
What does this all mean? Early or late it is all good. You should pursue your desire and your passion right where you are.
There are different tracks to a career in music, have you decided on one? There is education (being a music teacher), performance, music business, music production, music technology, or instrument repair and building.
One of the best things that you can be doing about starting a career in music, is to be studying now. Take lessons and practice, participate in performing groups, and network with other musicians.
Best of luck to you.
You'll want to pick some general focus, as John mentioned previously. Do you want to perform, teach, record, manage artists, write songs, etc? And just because you pick something now doesn't mean it can't change in the future - in fact, it probably will!
The people I've seen succeed in a music career typically have a few common traits:
- Perseverance. This industry has already dealt with at least two tectonic shifts in the last 20 years - and it will continue to happen. The person who keeps working is the one who can stick it out, try to figure out where it's going now, and adapt.
- Talent. Doesn't have to be musical talent, but for many areas in the industry, it will help. But talent can also be business acumen, being highly capable of working with different types of people and personalities, etc.
- Endless enthusiasm. This career WILL be tough - I've never known anyone who hasn't gone through major struggles in their career. Some days, a positive attitude is all you have to keep going. Don't ever lose that.
I know it's not terribly specific, but these are some basic guidelines that I hope will help you find your way. Best of luck!
I'm currently on a world tour show. I love it and I love all the practicing and study as well.
I agree wholeheartedly with Paul's points above: Perseverance, Talent and Endless Enthusiasm. All essential traits.
The legendary cellist Pablo Casals was asked why he continued to practice at age 90. "Because I think I'm making progress," he replied.