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Just like every other industry that's been "disrupted" #music has been democratized. It is easier than it's ever been to play, record, collaborate, and release music. Hooray for technology! 🎊
That also means, however, that there is even more #competition. I anticipated music to be a bit like #bookpublishing, and all the challenges I encountered there, and it is!
There seems to be a few major trends in music to make money:
  • merchandise everything
  • teach music lessons
  • crowdfund an album
  • ongoing donations/patronage
  • write/play/produce for other people/companies
All in all, it's still a freelancing gig. 💪

tl;dr With so much change in the music industry, so little has changed

Author Bree Weber Published 1/25/2018, 10:06:19 PM Permalink

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“Practice makes the uncomfortable comfortable”
This is a saying my #music teacher used to repeat constantly. It applies to just about everything in life. It’s not about perfection, it’s about #selfimprovement.

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Tomorrow I’ll be better than today’s #timelapse

tl;dr Practice has nothing to do with perfection

Author Bree Weber Published 1/25/2018, 1:03:08 PM Permalink

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My first ever #busking experience.

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I was ridiculously nervous: shaking, scared and trying to think of reasons to justify not doing this. But I’m really glad I pushed through the fear. As soon as I started, I felt completely at ease.
This photo is of me trying to remember everything that was second nature and muscle memory a decade ago. And I remembered a lot more than I expected!
I wouldn’t call myself a #streetperformer or what I played #music, but I dusted off my practice skills.
Next up #songwriting and #brahms

tl;dr My first performance in a decade.

Author Bree Weber Published 1/24/2018, 6:50:41 PM Permalink

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Starting with what I know:
I studied music in middle school and high school with the ultimate intention of becoming a musician. I come from a musical family: my grandfather was a well-known and respected violinist before live bands were largely replaced with recorded music, my mother was a concert pianist, my father was a folk guitarist, my brother spent a few years on the trombone and I represented the winds with clarinet and saxophone.
I even went to college to study #music.
In fact, it was in college that I realized music might only be a passion and not the career option I had in mind. I didn't much fancy being a performer or a teacher, but instead wanted to be a #composer... but after doing research, talking with professors and interviewing real-life composers I kept getting the same line: "pretty much all composers just do it on the side, they're usually performers or teachers full-time."
So I instead persued music as a minor, and focused on my next passion: books. Gosh, I sure know how to pick lucrative careers 😉
Now, I need to look at music more objectively. How does someone become a musician professionally nowadays? What does it pay? How do you market yourself? What are the different career paths within music? And so on and so forth. And, I should probably dust off my #clarinet and see if I can muster up that old music memory.
If you are a professional musician or know someone, please send them my way!

tl;dr I used to be a musician, but decided not to persue it as a career in college. Now, I'm 19 years old again trying to determine if music is an option for me.

Author Bree Weber Published 1/23/2018, 4:21:53 PM Permalink

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