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How likely is a music major going to get me into the music industry

Asked Bridgeport, Connecticut

I am a 17 year old saxophonist and I really want to continue working with music rather in performance or production. I just really it to be music based but I am a bit skeptical on the likelihood of me making this music thing into a career. #music #musician #producer

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David’s Answer

Updated New York, New York

LEARN as much as you can IN school AND inspection independently about the BUSINESS. (look at the recent Robin Thicke lawsuit and things like that). Get a solid musical foundation (composition, theory, etc) AND 'elect' biz related courses (management, accounting, planning, intellectual property, copyright, etc, etc.) Couple of basic (entertainment) law classes wouldn't hurt. The more you KNOW, the less likely you'll get used or just plain ripped-off. Also, ask yourself how much you're willing to put in and how much you're willing to give up to make this happen. Then, get yourself 'out there' - playing, accompanying, being seen and heard. Learn not to be afraid to say "No".

Sincere Best Wishes

thank you!

Elizabeth’s Answer

Updated Baltimore, Maryland

If you love to play, then play! Look for places to play, groups to play with, and keep looking until you find your place. As for "making a living," if you like to teach, that can help supplement any performing income you make. If you want it to "be your life," then you will have to really work it. If you only want to do it part-time, then find other interests and pursue those, too - maybe ones that would be more steady income for you. There are no easy answers to your question. But I believe in doing what you love to do and see where it leads you. Do not get discouraged it things don't pan out the way you expect. Be flexible and keep at it. Do it because you love music! All the best to you!