Lessons about performing, #43: Dealing with Hecklers!

Holy balls! It’s Sunday night and I’m writing Monday’s article – early! I really am getting past my pissy fit and seem to have mostly mended my creativity bone. I didn’t even go see a doctor!

What I did do was make myself keep writing, even on days when I really didn’t want to. I didn’t even use my “holy shit” article. That one is still in the queue.

It seems to have worked and I know it’s worked for me when I didn’t want to practice playing guitar. Either way, I seem to be a bit more excited to write again.

If you don’t know what I’m doing, I’m really not sure what to tell you. You should be paying better attention! Sheesh! I’ve told you this – like 42 times already.

In the upper right, there’s a link. Click it. It’ll take you to most of the rest of this series and you can see what rules I’ve already put out there. I’m not even gonna link it. You can spot it on your own.

It’s also a few articles behind. My creativity bone isn’t completely mended and I’d have to click the ‘back’ page like twice in order to get the various URLs – and I’m still being pretty lazy and only doing the work that I want to do. You’ll adjust and I’ll update it, eventually.

Basically, nobody takes the time to tell musicians how to actually make a living with their musicianship. I’m making an effort to write down all the rules I can think of. They will not make you a rock star. They might make it so you can eat and pay your rent.

If you’re expecting these rules to make you a rock star, you’re in for a bad time. If you’re expecting it to be easy, you’re sorely mistaken. At best, you can hope to make enough money so that you’re able to reach the upper parts of middle class. You’re far more likely to be impoverished.

That’s just statistics. Following these rules will give you an edge. I know, ’cause I’ve done this for decades. I’ve been involved in the industry for longer than you’ve probably been alive.

Notably, only a (small) portion of my income has been from music. However, it has been my sole source of income. For a while, and more than once, it has been a very necessary income.

It is possible to live on money generated entirely from your musical skills. You can even feed your children and spouse with this income. It’s just a fuckton of work.

If that’s the path you want to take, this series is meant for you. However, you should know this already – ’cause I’ve told you this quite a few times now! Seriously, these intros are a bad idea! Someone should fire the editor.

Alright… On to today’s lesson…
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