Fear of a 9-5

A lot of people state “because I don’t ever want to have a real job” first when asked why they want to be in a rock band that “makes it”. That is the wrong answer to be someone’s number one answer. The first answer should be “because I love creating and performing music”. It’s okay to not want a “real” job and it’s okay to have that answer on your list. But it shouldn’t be on the top. I notice that the people who state this as their main/only reason, are usually sucky musicians and annoying people in general. (Same thing with musicians who state “to get laid” as their number one reason).

Plus, I have to say, I actually like working in an office. I didn’t think I would when I was younger. I, too, was scared of having a real job a few years back. But I have to say, it’s not so bad and there is something satisfying about stability (well, nothing is stable in this economy). I guess that’s because I work for a company I like with mostly people who are rad. I might not feel that way if I worked for some other companies.
And I still get to work on music when I go home, so that’s fine with me.

And most of my friends are in the music scene, which is great. It’s nice to acquaint yourself with those who have similar interests and passions. But when you’re constantly around people who talk about music and the business and never talk to people who are doing different things in their lives even just once in a while, it can get a little tedious. But if you have a chance to get away from it and are around people who are interested in other things, then you can appreciate the music scene people more when you do hang out with them.

Just my take on it. I’m not saying I wouldn’t choose playing Saturday Night Live over clocking in at the office. But I’m not going to slit my wrists over it, either.

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4 Comments to “Fear of a 9-5”

  1. I totally agree. I find that some people who live PURELY their art and have never worked a job have somewhat of a disconnect from thier audience. Its like what right do you have to tell anyone anything when you yourself feel that you are above 99% of the populations day to day lives?

  2. That’s a good point! There’s a lot that they can’t relate to their audience and vice versa if they’ve never lived working crappy jobs.

  3. BTW, congrats on all your numerous successes – your play, your interviews with bands, living in Chicago, etc. I still read your blog posts. But I can’t reply at work since they have LJ commenting blocked, haha.

  4. Thanks! Yeah. its been kind of a whirlwind couple of months. No Worries. I know how offices can suck.

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