The work-life balance can be a tricky thing, especially if you are your own boss. This is the case for most musicians. Some musicians, especially early in their career lack direction. They don’t know what to do, and often resort to what I call hustling. This is a great way to annoy people, and get very little done… Then there are the ones who run their career as a business, have structure and direction. They are the ones who end up working long hour well in to the night. I know and relate to this group, as I am one of them.
It can be hard to explain to your loved ones the importance of your work, as the results can be still years away from now. There are constant sacrifices made, no doubt about this. But that is the nature of the music business. To succeed tomorrow, you need to sacrifice today. It is the ones who squeeze in that one extra hour of rehearsal, when the other bands call it a day and head to the pub. It is that one artist, who stays up late in to the night researching how to write the bets possible biography to sent to venues for future bookings. It is the artist who still keeps going when everyone else has decided to continue tomorrow, who will have that competitive edge at the end of the day.
The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
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