Hi everyone! This is my first discussion. I have a TON to say but I will try to minimize to the main points...lol. I do not love what I do. I do not see it as a long term career for me. One of my strongest passions is playing guitar. Unfortunately when I was younger I lost the dream to have a career in music because everyone told me I would be a starving artist. So, I did what so many people do. I put away my dreams and went on to work in a career that I am really not interested in. When I did this, I sat my guitar down for about 10 years. So, although I am good at it, I am not great. I think I would need about 2 to 3 years of much practice at this point to become a really good player. I am doing it now. I have picked it back up and I am in love with it all over again. But, what to do now......I am ok with practicing and being patient to become the artist that I want to be. However, I don't want to wait that long to change careers. I am considering looking into one of Dan Miller's 48 low cost business ideas. The one I am looking at is to be a piano tuner. I love working with my hands and I love instruments. I see it as a possible way to move into a little more of the music side of things. However, I think it could take quite some time to see if it would take off where I live. Also, I even wonder if I should do that.....it will take more time away from my practice sessions on guitar because I still have the dreaded day job as well and I will have to tune pianos in my free time. I am 33 years old, I have a family, and I don't want to wait any longer to chase my dreams. If I could choose a dream of mine and make it a reality, I would choose to be a professional guitar player and I would love to play for professional artists live and in the studio. It's time to plan, focus, and execute. What do you all think?
I saw the title and instantly thought: SNIPER.
On a serious "note" though, you could probably work in the musical field and repair guitars and pianos while tuning them and re-stringing them. You don't have to monetize something you enjoy, but it helps. Working weekends on gigs would be OK with a regular job, and you might be able to tune a few pianos on Saturdays, but you love for guitar might be the place to focus.
Have you ever thought about selling intro. or theme music? You could build a site like musicbakery.com and sell royalty-free themes for a fee with an instant download. You can add themes whenever you have time to riff, and the site is basically an online vending machine that never needs attention, other than paying for the domain hosting.
Hi Lee! Haha....SNIPER.....yeah, sometimes my mind is a little intense and it shows in that discussion title. Lol. Thanks for the tips! I had never thought of building a site to sell intro. or theme music. That's a really cool idea! I am definitely going to check this out!!!
By the way, I noticed you are passionate about nutrition. I just thought I would share that a couple of years ago my wife and I drastically changed our way of eating. We went to a really good local nutritionist and began to learn about food. We did this because my wife came down with a horrifying debilitating condition at 29 years old and no one in the medical community had any answers. I am happy to tell you that for the past year and a half, she has been restored and is in great health with no signs of the previous problems!!! We believe that eating healthy foods literally saved her life!!! I am hoping that she will join the community soon and write about her experiences.
Awesome! You know, food is an incredibly controversial area right now.
That considered: this is my opinion...
"I think food can make you sick. I also think it can make you well."
Hello Johnny, It's so relieving to find out what it is that makes your soul sing. I have spent that last decade in a career that I don't enjoy. Now I am 34 and everyday I am working hard on making my dream come true. It takes a lot of work but the 48 Days community has the been the best resource. I started with the DISC personality profile, began blogging, hired a life coach and things are growing from within.
Keep me posted on your journey,
Glad to here you have taken the steps to begin to win. I look forward to hearing about your journey as well!
First off, WELCOME!!
I think most around here will agree that we become more effective, more successful and MUCH happier when we are doing things we are passionate about. I know Dan has talked specifically from time to time about musicians finding ways to make a living out of finding their passion. I would encourage you to peek through some of his past show notes to see what he suggests.Things like lessons, repairing and tuning instruments, etc. is certainly a way to take your skills and apply them to be around the things you love. Perhaps you can think of a creative way to work for a place that has people that need guitar places in order to get to know people who do this? Either way, I just wanted to say welcome and encourage you to keep pushing to find ways to fulfill your dreams and passions.
Here's a plan that I am using (and Dan's mentioned before) that may help:
Come up with a list of 30 things you can do. Find the top 3 ideas, see if there is a market for those services & execute.
Best of luck & keep us posted!