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Do you think you may want to be a performing musician?

This is a lifestyle choice as much as a career choice. Talk to people who are professional musicians about the pros and cons (see GradLink).

  • do you enjoy the adrenaline of being on stage?
  • can you imagine getting as much satisfaction from anything else?

Are you prepared to have

  • irregular and uncertain income and sometimes debt
  • lots of 'dead' time (travel, airports, waiting to do your turn)
  • work when friends are having time off (evenings, weekends)
  • a career often on mainland Europe and further afield
Performer

Are you prepared for

  • self promotion and self marketing - you'll need to do this to get the work as a freelance musician. Website, social media, networking, negotiating fees.
  • the admin of a freelance career. Maintaining a complex diary of rehearsals and concerts, budgeting, timekeeping, doing your own tax return
  • the necessity of a plan B to make ends meet when there isn't enough performing work

What is your Plan B

You may only need this temporarily to make ends meet while you are starting out but there is a chance it could become a longer term career. Your Plan B needs to be something you enjoy rather than just something to tolerate.

You may also find the performance pages on the Arts and Heritage sector useful.