When doing what you love suddenly is not so joyful anymore

Updated: Aug 26, 2019


We have all been there haven't we?

In the music world it is not all fun and games when it comes to bringing home the money.

Some of us may have to say yes to jobs and gigs we don't necessarily like, but it can make a good income so we do it anyways.

Which is completely fine, until you find yourself in a sea of jobs that you don't like and feeling unhappy for not chasing your real dream. You know, your REAL dream, the one that is too scary to think about and too bold to say out loud to any of your friends.

Almost everyday I see musicians complaining and being unhappy about their job. This makes me very sad. How did it come to this? After all we started to play because we enjoyed it, and we decided to become musicians because we LOVE music.

I wish I had a magic wand that I could wave and then everyone would be happy, fulfilled and brave musicians who chase their dreams.

However, we need to take the problem into our hands. It is only you who can change you life. Nobody is going to do it for you. If you are waiting for a sign, THIS IS IT.

Go do what you have to do. Do the thing that will make you feel fulfilled, happy and bursting with energy. Because you deserve to be happy.

Starting small is one of my favorite things to do. If I have a project I want to start, I always start REALLY small. So don't quit your day job just yet. Keep it going, because money is important too. If you get broke it might cause you to get insecure and unhappy and it could ruin your creativity. Keep it up, but do one thing today that will get you closer to you dream.

Don't quit your day job, but don't quit your day dream either.

Best wishes from,

Ragnhild


Also, this article about orchestra musicians in the UK makes me very sad. These are one of the best musicians in the world and their job is not compensating them enough for their hard work. It is such a shame. I hope in the future we can see happy orchestra musicians who are also being paid enough.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2006/feb/02/classicalmusicandopera3


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