Pay Cheque to Pay Cheque

Do you live ‘paycheque to paycheque’? 

As a musician with no job security, having a steady paycheque would be a luxury. Unless it sucked the life out of me. 

While in college I did a brief stint working in retail, selling woman’s clothing. That could be a dream job for some girls, but it wasn’t me. I used to volunteer to do the banking or go buy the girls coffee just so I could get the heck out of the store. I’d secretly wish for long line-ups so as to savour the blissful relief I felt to be out of there. I don’t know why I hated it so much, because I like clothes and the girls I worked with were nice. But it wasn’t me. 

It’s a risk to let go of a steady income for a chance at what makes you tick. I’m still flying by the seat of my pants, but I have no regrets for having given up steady jobs or even marriage proposals. I’m free and I still wake up each day believing it’s still going to work out somehow. 

What would you give up a steady paycheque for? 

I’d love to hear your thoughts below.

3 comments

  • Eugene Cantera
    Eugene Cantera Dallas
    I teach and perform and have been self sufficient for many years. The current situation really stinks with all gigs postponed at best or canceled altogether. I allowed myself to wallow for about an hour..."what is my worth if I cannot share my talents? What if I never play again? Maybe I chose the wrong career?". Once the self whining was over I got to work contacting my students and have arranged to continue their lessons online - it has worked really well so far and it does my heart a world of good to see their smiling faces. I also decided to "take requests" and included a virtual "tip jar" link. Those that requested tunes loved it and shared my vids - I removed the tip jar link because at the root of it all, my playing seemed to make them happy during this crazy time and that's all we want as musicians..no? Bottom line, I would be MISERABLE doing anything else and I just don't see myself giving it up. Like you, I believe it will work out somehow! By the way, the request line is still open! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE1yBR9KuoBb60vo-rK-0V2IGfgXpYyCp

    I teach and perform and have been self sufficient for many years. The current situation really stinks with all gigs postponed at best or canceled altogether. I allowed myself to wallow for about an hour..."what is my worth if I cannot share my talents? What if I never play again? Maybe I chose the wrong career?". Once the self whining was over I got to work contacting my students and have arranged to continue their lessons online - it has worked really well so far and it does my heart a world of good to see their smiling faces. I also decided to "take requests" and included a virtual "tip jar" link. Those that requested tunes loved it and shared my vids - I removed the tip jar link because at the root of it all, my playing seemed to make them happy during this crazy time and that's all we want as musicians..no? Bottom line, I would be MISERABLE doing anything else and I just don't see myself giving it up. Like you, I believe it will work out somehow! By the way, the request line is still open!
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE1yBR9KuoBb60vo-rK-0V2IGfgXpYyCp

  • Gideon Adeola
    Gideon Adeola USA
    I was a network engineer with Amazon here in the USA before I gave up that well paid job to musical performance which doesn't even pay me up to the quater of what I was earning as a 9 to 5 worker. With the current unwanted situation, I am already thinking of options.....

    I was a network engineer with Amazon here in the USA before I gave up that well paid job to musical performance which doesn't even pay me up to the quater of what I was earning as a 9 to 5 worker. With the current unwanted situation, I am already thinking of options.....

  • Malcolm Lewis
    Malcolm Lewis Swansea Uk
    Ever since coming across your twitter postings I've felt very humble.Very often people see each other as stereo types.Anyone who leaves their country to live in Spain has my admiration.Also i took one look at what was involved in going to tour a band in Australia i was exhausted trying to keep up.I know you will cope.Stay safe and keep on keepin on.

    Ever since coming across your twitter postings I've
    felt very humble.Very often people see each other as stereo types.Anyone who leaves their country
    to live in Spain has my admiration.Also i took one
    look at what was involved in going to tour a band in Australia i was exhausted trying to keep up.I know you will cope.Stay safe and keep on keepin on.

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