Musicians are often the envy of the working world, and for good reason. Seriously, can you think of a more entertaining career? I doubt it. Here are nine solid reasons why music makers have the greatest jobs ever.
1. You can set your own hours
Perfect for all you night-owl types!
2. The constant day-to-day variety
It's hard to be bored when you've got so many different things to do.
3. The universal life skills you pick up
Aside from the cognitive benefits of playing music, making a living as a musician teaches you about all kinds of business and communication skills (that could even be used later in life should you want to try your hand in another industry).
4. You become a money management pro
You'll have to be careful with your money as a full-time musician, but doing so will teach you good habits that will keep you out of the kind of trouble many people get into!
5. You get to meet and hang out with other cool musicians
Who are typically super stoked to meet you as well!
6. You get to see amazing new places
Especially when you get to play awesome outdoor festivals.
7. Nothing beats being on the road
Regardless of how smelly the van gets, getting to travel and play for a living is more exciting than most people could dream of.
8. The ultimate gratification and recognition
You fans and peers are a far better source of genuine recognition than some big corporate boss.
9. You can actually have a huge impact on people's lives
Music serves society and helps people in ways that no other medium can. It's a super special and important job to have.
What's your favorite thing about being a musician? Let us know in the comments!
Dylan Welsh is a freelance musician and music journalist, based in Seattle, WA. He currently plays in multiple Seattle bands, interns at Mirror Sound Studio, and writes for the Sonicbids blog. Visit his website for more information.