Clock in. Work all day. Clock out. Grab dinner. Hang out with friends. Go to bed. Repeat.

Sound familiar?

If you find meaning in your day job, you may find this cycle rewarding.

But if that “work all day” part is full of not-so-meaningful work, you may hate this cycle.

Especially if you’d rather just be making music.

People say don’t quit your day job because there’s no money in music. But is that always true for every musician all the time?

That’s a good question. Let’s look at some things to consider before quitting (or not quitting) your day job.

Will The Finances Work?

This is maybe the biggest hurdle for many part-time musicians. You might want to make music your full-time career, but it might be hard to see how the money would work.

Are the haters right? Is there any money in music?

The better question is, “Can I make ENOUGH money to justify quitting my day job?”

Well, as you may already know, there are plenty of ways to make money as a musician, even from the comfort of your home.

So yes, you can do it. You can go full-time if you want. I’ve seen people do it.

You just have to be determined enough.

But then you have to wonder — if I did music 8 hours a day, would I begin to hate it like any other day job?

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When Your Passion Becomes Your Paycheck

In an interview with Inc, songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov talked about running his farm while being a touring musician.

He says money and career success are not everything.

“There’s an economy involved in music, but no one talks about the economy of joy and satisfaction,” he says. “There’s a sweet spot. Your happiness and your comfort level is worth a lot.”

Isakov is a musician with another job. And he loves it.

You see, making music is a privilege. When you do it all day, it can start to lose its innocence. Its privilege-ness.

And for Isakov, it was a deliberate decision.

“Could we play a bigger venue? Maybe,” he says. “But being happy — and loving the experience — is sometimes more important than making more money.”

This is similar to what Austin Kleon says in one of his talks (watch below). Turning your passion into your paycheck can turn what you love into a burden, an obligation.

“Everyone who’s turned their passion into their breadwinning knows this dangerous territory,” Kleon says.

So should you quit your day job?

It’s something to think about. But it’s not for everybody.


Want some tips on how to embrace being a part-time musician? Grab the free PDF guide How To Be A Musician With A Day Job below.

How To Be A Musician With A Day Job

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