How to make a living playing music

Following on from a discussion on Danny Barnes’ article of the same title; we were asked to select one of the points from his article and analyse it in detail.

This is the article in question:

http://dannybarnes.com/blog/how-make-living-playing-music

The point I chose was;

“h. keep your art the main focus. it isn’t about you it’s about your art. do what’s good for your art and don’t draw attention to yourself as much as the art. if your main focus is on the art, waiting tables is no big deal because you are doing it to support your art. if your main focus is you, you are not going to like waiting tables. you will feel like you are way too good for that.” – Barnes

I chose this as I believe it encompasses both the importance of being able to support and provide for your art as well as not becoming over inflated and having a sense of being too important for any particular job. If you want the maximum time to be able to focus on your art a job such as waiting tables or bar work could be perfect as it requires no background work or massive preparation, allowing you to dedicate all remaining time to honing your craft. The other point is elaborates upon is that “if your main focus is you, you are not going to like waiting tables. you will feel like you are way too good for that”. I took this to mean that you shouldn’t focus your product on yourself as much as you should focus on the product itself. The whole article was highly informative and took a laid back, semi-satirical view on making a living playing music.

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