Jobs, jobs, jobs
Of course, music isn’t always a world of peace and harmony. As for finances, it remains a difficult story. Despite that, I’ve sometimes found it more of a challenge to answer for myself to others than to actually rake in the cash. Besides working as a songwriter, I have two booking offices where I can be booked for weddings, parties and events, and my main source of income is working as a backing vocalist. I have a few colleagues for whom I sing regularly. Especially in the summer months, they have great gigs for me, but in general I work freelance for anyone who needs a backing vocalist.
As an entrepreneur there are many ways to create a steady income for yourself, also within the arts. Working from a vision, meeting the right people and having the courage to “fail” are, in my view, what makes or breaks you. You can teach, do freelance work, join competitions or, in my case, work in a clothing store. Those kinds of jobs, too, are sometimes necessary to be able to invest in your music.
I realize very well that now that the fact that my student grants are ending after my graduation will result in a different lifestyle than the one I have now. Still I have faith that after 9 years of studying, work experience and networking I should get to where I need to be.