Here’s how my income sources broke down last year:
The Day Gig: 57%
Composing (commissions, sales): 18%
My “day gig” was working part time at a preschool. It was fun, interesting work and I even occasionally got to use some of my music training, but it hardly qualified as a “music job.”
So did I self-identify as a preschool classroom aide or as a musician?
Read the rest (and much more) in my book Writing and Living in the Real World: Advice for Young Composers