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FREELANCE MUSICIAN: Practice, Be Professional & Always On Time

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Carla shares her story of being a freelance musician and what a day might look like for her. Carla says her career path began when she was a child and started taking music lessons, and from there she just kept on practicing. She says one of the most important things you have to be as a freelance musician is really organized. Her advice to aspiring musicians? Practice, be professional and always be on time.

Degree: Music
Job Title: Musician - Freelance

Job Summary: Musicians and Singers

Job Description

Musicians and singers play instruments or sing for live audiences and in recording studios. They perform in a variety of styles, such as classical, jazz, opera, rap, or rock.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

Musicians and singers need extensive and prolonged training and practice to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to interpret music at a professional level.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $60,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 15 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Full-time, Long hours, Flexible, Irregular, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Travel, Remote, Outdoor, Indoor, Home, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Creativity, Verbal communication skills, Artistic, Strength/stamina, People skills, Public speaking ability, Networking, Adventurous

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Music
Performing Arts
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It means</span> <span m='7900'>you have a whole</span> <span m='8351'>lot of</span> <span m='8802'>different</span> <span m='9253'>jobs</span> <span m='9704'>and</span> <span m='10155'>you work for different</span> <span m='10606'>people.</span> <span m='11960'>So</span> <span m='12610'>for</span> <span m='12895'>instance</span> <span m='13180'>today,</span> <span m='13440'>I'm</span> <span m='13640'>going</span> <span m='13740'>to</span> <span m='14030'>teach a</span> <span m='14440'>couple</span> <span m='14920'>of</span> <span m='15280'>music lessons, and then</span> <span m='15740'>I'm</span> <span m='15810'>going</span> <span m='15920'>to</span> <span m='16140'>play</span> <span m='17765'>a</span> <span m='18170'>concert,</span> <span m='18570'>a</span> <span m='18970'>gig</span> <span m='19260'>somewhere</span> <span m='20030'>at</span> <span m='20504'>a</span> <span m='20978'>local</span> <span m='21452'>restaurant.</span> </p><p><span m='23348'>Tomorrow,</span> <span m='25250'>a</span> <span m='25700'>similar</span> <span m='25990'>kind</span> <span m='26170'>of</span> <span m='26250'>thing.</span> <span m='26570'>Another</span> <span m='27540'>day I</span> <span m='27640'>might play at a wedding.</span> <span m='28075'>Another</span> <span m='28510'>day</span> <span m='28740'>I</span> <span m='28840'>might</span> <span m='29070'>play in</span> <span m='29490'>an</span> <span m='30670'>orchestra.</span> <span m='31739'>Another</span> <span m='32150'>day</span> <span m='32625'>I</span> <span m='33100'>might</span> <span m='33528'>have</span> <span m='33956'>nothing</span> <span m='34384'>to</span> <span m='34812'>do,</span> <span m='35240'>and</span> <span m='35670'>I</span> <span m='36040'>can</span> <span m='36500'>sleep in.</span> <span m='36960'>So</span> <span m='37260'>it's always</span> <span m='37430'>different,</span> <span m='37860'>you never know.</span> <span m='38100'>You have</span> <span m='38415'>to keep a</span> <span m='38730'>very</span> <span m='39010'>organized</span> <span m='39265'>calender.</span> </p><p><span m='40410'>I</span> <span m='40810'>started</span> <span m='41100'>playing</span> <span m='41290'>music as a</span> <span m='41380'>kid</span> <span m='42090'>in</span> <span m='42360'>public</span> <span m='42660'>school,</span> <span m='43550'>took</span> <span m='43790'>private</span> <span m='43860'>lessons,</span> <span m='44120'>joined</span> <span m='44380'>youth</span> <span m='44840'>orchestras</span> <span m='45650'>and</span> <span m='45915'>kept</span> <span m='46490'>doing</span> <span m='46690'>it</span> <span m='47050'>and</span> <span m='47380'>practicing.</span> <span m='48626'>Got</span> <span m='49084'>good</span> <span m='49542'>enough</span> <span m='50000'>to</span> <span m='50458'>do it</span> <span m='50916'>where</span> <span m='51840'>people</span> <span m='52130'>wanted</span> <span m='52290'>to</span> <span m='52540'>actually</span> <span m='53030'>give me</span> <span m='53190'>money</span> <span m='53610'>to</span> <span m='54030'>play</span> <span m='54150'>music.</span> <span m='54440'>How cool</span> <span m='54825'>is</span> <span m='55210'>that?</span> </p><p><span m='55850'>I'm</span> <span m='56220'>still</span> <span m='56500'>learning</span> <span m='56770'>about</span> <span m='57110'>it.</span> <span m='57480'>It's</span> <span m='57870'>very</span> <span m='58180'>unpredictable,</span> <span m='58890'>but I</span> <span m='59060'>kind</span> <span m='59220'>of</span> <span m='59270'>knew</span> <span m='59765'>that.</span> <span m='66700'>You</span> <span m='67060'>just</span> <span m='67420'>don't</span> <span m='67620'>know</span> <span m='67860'>what</span> <span m='67940'>is</span> <span m='68130'>going</span> <span m='68230'>to</span> <span m='68270'>happen.</span> <span m='68730'>So</span> <span m='68850'>you</span> <span m='68960'>have</span> <span m='69170'>to</span> <span m='69270'>learn</span> <span m='69480'>to</span> <span m='69550'>save</span> <span m='69790'>your</span> <span m='69890'>money and</span> <span m='70180'>not spend it</span> <span m='70625'>all just as</span> <span m='71070'>you get it.</span> <span m='73740'>Learn how to</span> <span m='74190'>save</span> <span m='74640'>money,</span> <span m='75065'>and</span> <span m='75490'>learn</span> <span m='75890'>how</span> <span m='76150'>to just be</span> <span m='76410'>really</span> <span m='76640'>organized,</span> <span m='77790'>and</span> <span m='78110'>professional.</span> <span m='80590'>And</span> <span m='81086'>it's</span> <span m='82580'>very</span> <span m='82870'>competitive,</span> <span m='83872'>but</span> <span m='84344'>it's</span> <span m='84816'>fun.</span> </p><p><span m='85760'>Practice</span> <span m='86704'>for</span> <span m='87176'>one</span> <span m='88120'>and</span> <span m='89750'>don't</span> <span m='89970'>be</span> <span m='90110'>late</span> <span m='90455'>to</span> <span m='90800'>your</span> <span m='91251'>gigs.</span> <span m='91702'>That's</span> <span m='92153'>a</span> <span m='92604'>big</span> <span m='93055'>part of it.</span> <span m='94410'>Be</span> <span m='94580'>ready</span> <span m='94880'>and</span> <span m='95180'>know</span> <span m='95480'>what you're doing.</span> <span m='96380'>And</span> <span m='97580'>that's</span> <span m='97880'>a big</span> <span m='98180'>part.</span> </p>","file":{"id":290527,"video_id":"2710974471001","name":"1124-Carla-p-Musician","duration":99452,"thumbnail_url":null}});