So here I am, almost 3 months into working exclusively as a musician and teacher.
It feels as though my workdays have become compressed; lessons can’t start until kids get out of school, and gigs and rehearsals are almost always at night, plus most gigs are squeezed onto the Fridays and Saturdays of the week. In this way, I kind of have an early night schedule now, which is kind of funny. The trick, as I’ve told several of my friends, is turning that downtime during the day into something productive, which I’m still learning to do. So far I think I’ve been doing okay.
I also feel like I’ve learned a bit about the business and non-musical side of playing saxophone over the last 3 months. I’m really lucky to be playing in 3 bands with a member that has taken it upon themselves to handle those aspects, and in all 3 cases I’m really impressed with what they do. Right now I’m just trying to watch them and pick up what I can.
Something I’ve been thinking about more and more is how important it is to believe in the value of your music. It may seem obvious, but I have to condition myself to see the music I play as something of real value and importance, and a service worth paying for.
Of course, that mindset can be taken to an extreme, and of course I want to share my music with as many friends and family as possible (without milking them for money all the time), but I think I do need to get more into that mindset of music performance as a job, a job I enjoy and am lucky to have, but a job nonetheless. And, by the same token, I always should work toward doing that job in a professional way and at as high a level as I can.
See you out and about soon!