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MUSICIAN & WRITER: Show Up For It Every Day

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Dare shares his story about being a musician and a writer.
He talks about his career path and advices on how to practice the craft.

School: New School - Holy Cross College
Degree: English Language and Literature
Job Title: Muscian & Writer

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
National Statistic Change Location
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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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m='11480'>a</span> <span m='11540'>day</span> <span m='11860'>doing</span> <span m='12190'>creative</span> <span m='12440'>work</span> <span m='12720'>and</span> <span m='12850'>then</span> <span m='13205'>go back</span> <span m='13830'>the</span> <span m='13910'>rest</span> <span m='14140'>of</span> <span m='14210'>my</span> <span m='14340'>day</span> <span m='15220'>doing</span> <span m='16260'>my</span> <span m='16370'>day</span> <span m='16580'>job</span> <span m='16890'>and</span> <span m='17610'>raising my children.</span> </p><p><span m='19060'>I</span> <span m='19270'>just</span> <span m='19610'>kind</span> <span m='19840'>of</span> <span m='19940'>always</span> <span m='20270'>knew.</span> <span m='20630'>I</span> <span m='20670'>mean,</span> <span m='20860'>when</span> <span m='21030'>I</span> <span m='21100'>was</span> <span m='24070'>in</span> <span m='24510'>eighth</span> <span m='24760'>grade,</span> <span m='25450'>I</span> <span m='25700'>started</span> <span m='26130'>playing</span> <span m='26460'>music.</span> <span m='26950'>And</span> <span m='28420'>I</span> <span m='29240'>started</span> <span m='29640'>writing</span> <span m='30010'>songs</span> <span m='30480'>almost</span> <span m='30740'>immediately,</span> <span m='31510'>without</span> <span m='32290'>anybody</span> <span m='33385'>telling me</span> <span m='33770'>how to do it,</span> <span m='34425'>or</span> <span m='35500'>teaching.</span> <span m='35750'>So</span> <span m='39320'>it</span> <span m='39380'>was</span> <span m='39480'>a</span> <span m='39540'>calling,</span> <span m='39895'>I guess,</span> <span m='40250'>was</span> <span m='40540'>another</span> <span m='40810'>way</span> <span m='40920'>of</span> <span m='41020'>saying</span> <span m='41500'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='41930'>And</span> <span m='42070'>writing,</span> <span m='42510'>kind of</span> <span m='42770'>the</span> <span m='42840'>same</span> <span m='43070'>thing,</span> <span m='43480'>although</span> <span m='43580'>I</span> <span m='43680'>came</span> <span m='43930'>to</span> <span m='44000'>that</span> <span m='44200'>later.</span> <span m='46220'>And</span> <span m='47170'>I</span> <span m='47290'>always</span> <span m='47590'>loved</span> <span m='47900'>reading</span> <span m='48210'>and</span> <span m='48520'>loved</span> <span m='50108'>stories.</span> <span m='51190'>And</span> <span m='52200'>I</span> <span m='52280'>guess</span> <span m='52470'>the</span> <span m='52550'>first</span> <span m='52760'>time</span> <span m='52920'>I</span> <span m='52990'>wrote</span> <span m='53180'>a</span> <span m='53240'>story</span> <span m='54452'>was</span> <span m='54883'>probably</span> <span m='55314'>in</span> <span m='55745'>fifth</span> <span m='56176'>grade.</span> <span m='56610'>And</span> <span m='57110'>I</span> <span m='57130'>liked</span> <span m='57340'>doing</span> <span m='57720'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='58040'>And</span> <span m='59650'>I</span> <span m='59980'>started</span> <span m='60370'>doing</span> <span m='60670'>it--</span> <span m='61770'>I</span> <span m='61870'>got</span> <span m='61980'>the</span> <span m='62100'>idea</span> <span m='62460'>for</span> <span m='62670'>a</span> <span m='62710'>short</span> <span m='63000'>story</span> <span m='63350'>in</span> <span m='63500'>college.</span> <span m='64349'>I</span> <span m='64640'>wasn't</span> <span m='64930'>in a</span> <span m='65060'>class.</span> <span m='65580'>I just had</span> <span m='65980'>this</span> <span m='66350'>idea.</span> <span m='66770'>And</span> <span m='66880'>I</span> <span m='66920'>started</span> <span m='67260'>writing</span> <span m='67580'>it.</span> <span m='68300'>And it,</span> <span m='68590'>seven</span> <span m='68880'>years</span> <span m='69070'>later,</span> <span m='69400'>was</span> <span m='69660'>a</span> <span m='69810'>novel.</span> </p><p><span m='69960'>I</span> <span m='70110'>majored</span> <span m='70510'>in</span> <span m='70610'>literature.</span> <span m='71300'>I</span> <span m='71460'>never</span> <span m='71700'>majored</span> <span m='72050'>in</span> <span m='72310'>music.</span> <span m='74140'>I did</span> <span m='74550'>take</span> <span m='74820'>some music</span> <span m='75090'>classes.</span> <span m='77750'>But</span> <span m='79380'>that</span> <span m='79540'>was</span> <span m='79720'>just</span> <span m='79940'>to</span> <span m='80030'>sort</span> <span m='80270'>of</span> <span m='80320'>support</span> <span m='80730'>the</span> <span m='80810'>momentum</span> <span m='81390'>I had</span> <span m='81540'>personally,</span> <span m='82280'>already,</span> <span m='82760'>in</span> <span m='82850'>those</span> <span m='83060'>Areas</span> <span m='84340'>I did</span> <span m='84570'>get an</span> <span m='84850'>MFA</span> <span m='86060'>in</span> <span m='86290'>creative</span> <span m='86680'>writing</span> <span m='87060'>later,</span> <span m='87880'>but</span> <span m='88080'>I'd</span> <span m='88230'>already written</span> <span m='88640'>my</span> <span m='88760'>first</span> <span m='89070'>novel</span> <span m='90140'>when</span> <span m='90270'>I</span> <span m='90330'>did</span> <span m='90560'>that.</span> <span m='90890'>And</span> <span m='91515'>part of</span> <span m='91810'>the</span> <span m='91950'>reason--</span> <span m='93510'>I</span> <span m='93650'>did</span> <span m='93830'>that</span> <span m='94000'>purely</span> <span m='94410'>for</span> <span m='94530'>professional</span> <span m='95090'>reasons,</span> <span m='95590'>to</span> <span m='95730'>see</span> <span m='96050'>if</span> <span m='96190'>I</span> <span m='96320'>could--</span> <span m='97565'>I</span> <span m='97980'>wanted</span> <span m='98280'>to</span> <span m='98680'>advance</span> <span m='99080'>my</span> <span m='99580'>craft,</span> <span m='99910'>but</span> <span m='100040'>I</span> <span m='100090'>was</span> <span m='100260'>also</span> <span m='101520'>interested</span> <span m='102140'>in</span> <span m='102820'>making</span> <span m='103310'>contacts</span> <span m='105491'>and</span> <span m='105980'>finding a</span> <span m='106260'>way</span> <span m='106430'>to leap</span> <span m='107460'>forward</span> <span m='108430'>professionally.</span> </p><p><span m='109100'>Like,</span> <span m='109800'>my</span> <span m='109970'>novel,</span> <span m='110255'>I</span> <span m='110540'>had</span> <span m='110730'>gotten</span> <span m='111020'>an</span> <span m='111160'>agent.</span> <span m='112580'>It had</span> <span m='112660'>been</span> <span m='112830'>submitted</span> <span m='113340'>a</span> <span m='113440'>lot,</span> <span m='113790'>and</span> <span m='113940'>it</span> <span m='114540'>had</span> <span m='114650'>been</span> <span m='114830'>rejected.</span> <span m='115350'>So</span> <span m='115610'>never</span> <span m='115810'>published,</span> <span m='116210'>but</span> <span m='116310'>I'd</span> <span m='116430'>gotten</span> <span m='116790'>agent.</span> <span m='117310'>And</span> <span m='117890'>I</span> <span m='118020'>wanted</span> <span m='118370'>to</span> <span m='118850'>sort</span> <span m='119030'>of</span> <span m='119130'>deepen</span> <span m='119350'>my</span> <span m='119650'>networks,</span> <span m='120270'>basically,</span> <span m='120710'>to</span> <span m='120800'>see</span> <span m='120970'>if</span> <span m='121220'>I</span> <span m='121310'>could</span> <span m='122340'>find</span> <span m='122540'>another</span> <span m='122780'>way</span> <span m='122910'>to</span> <span m='123355'>get</span> <span m='123800'>published.</span> </p><p><span m='123855'>I</span> <span m='123910'>would</span> <span m='124130'>say</span> <span m='124540'>the</span> <span m='124810'>most</span> <span m='125070'>important</span> <span m='125460'>things</span> <span m='125850'>is</span> <span m='126040'>to</span> <span m='126170'>show</span> <span m='126500'>up</span> <span m='126710'>for it</span> <span m='126950'>every</span> <span m='127140'>day.</span> <span m='128300'>Whether</span> <span m='128550'>or</span> <span m='128600'>not</span> <span m='129490'>you're</span> <span m='129780'>actually</span> <span m='130430'>making</span> <span m='130870'>something</span> <span m='131610'>doesn't</span> <span m='131910'>really</span> <span m='132100'>matter.</span> <span m='132620'>I</span> <span m='132700'>think</span> <span m='133540'>it's</span> <span m='133680'>very</span> <span m='133930'>important</span> <span m='135700'>to</span> <span m='136250'>treat</span> <span m='136570'>it</span> <span m='136840'>kind</span> <span m='137080'>of</span> <span m='137140'>like</span> <span m='137310'>a</span> <span m='137380'>devotional</span> <span m='137990'>act,</span> <span m='138350'>where</span> <span m='138520'>you,</span> <span m='139360'>no</span> <span m='139540'>matter</span> <span m='139810'>what,</span> <span m='140140'>you</span> <span m='140230'>find</span> <span m='140520'>a</span> <span m='140570'>way</span> <span m='140710'>to</span> <span m='140770'>show</span> <span m='141040'>up</span> <span m='141230'>for it</span> <span m='141390'>every</span> <span m='141610'>day,</span> <span m='142720'>and</span> <span m='142980'>even</span> <span m='143230'>if</span> <span m='143360'>nothing</span> <span m='143650'>is</span> <span m='143790'>coming</span> <span m='144110'>out</span> <span m='144240'>of</span> <span m='144330'>you</span> <span m='144540'>there,</span> <span m='145370'>that's part of the</span> <span m='145540'>process.</span> <span m='146160'>You</span> <span m='146270'>just</span> <span m='146450'>sit</span> <span m='146720'>there</span> <span m='149400'>and</span> <span m='150060'>do</span> <span m='150200'>that</span> <span m='150430'>work</span> <span m='150770'>because if</span> <span m='150980'>you</span> <span m='151110'>don't</span> <span m='151420'>show</span> <span m='151710'>up,</span> <span m='153490'>it'll have</span> <span m='153760'>no</span> <span m='153950'>way</span> <span m='154120'>of</span> <span m='155110'>popping</span> <span m='155410'>out</span> <span m='155560'>of</span> <span m='155630'>you</span> <span m='155780'>when</span> <span m='155910'>it's</span> <span m='156350'>ready to come.</span> </p>","file":{"id":276937,"video_id":"2698842878001","name":"72942777","duration":157588,"thumbnail_url":null}});