Who Do You Think You Are?

Here’s how my income sources broke down last year:

The Day Gig:  57%
Composing (commissions, sales):   18%
Conducting:  23%
Performance:   2%

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



  1. Admirable philosophy and very articulate article. I just shared it on my FB page where artists and musicians hang out because I thought it said something we need to hear.

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