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A future filled with money or fun?
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Posted 12/16/13
Im getting myself into that music business stuff. remember it's always easier to get a better paying job with a degree. If music is what you love you should go for it . There are so many things you can do with a degree like that .
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Posted 12/16/13
Depends on how fast you can make the money.
If it only takes 10 years to make a good wad, you'll have plenty of time to invest it right and have money for fun and retirement.
If it takes 30-40 years after college, you'll be enjoying spending that money on your kid's Disney trips and college funds.

While I would recommend that you try to find a decent field of study that will actually be useful to the future (math/science/tech), I would have sooner gone with a field all those years ago that I would have enjoyed working in.
Of course there was a science field that I would have enjoyed and had fun in, and probably would have made a better stash with, but I decided to try different things....
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Posted 12/16/13 , edited 12/16/13


Are you in a band or know people that will help you in the business aspect of music?
It's not the best talent, but the nicest musician that will get the part. (and responsible) There are numerous musicians with talent that go nowhere and fail. Music business is about knowing a bunch of people, having those connections, producers, managers, friends in high places.

Source: Music teachers, musicians
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Posted 12/16/13 , edited 12/16/13
Well, yes, I formed a new band in August, and we are going to record our first EP later on this month...my guitarist's uncle has a connect in the industry that can get us performances too.

But most importantly, we are passionate for what we want to do I suppose.
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Posted 12/16/13
money... being able to pay bills and not having debt would take out a lot of stress in life and, well, it would be easier to have fun
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Posted 12/16/13
If you're careful and don't get into unwanted debt you can pursue the fun aspect. It's usually when people start maxing out cards and living beyond their means that they regret a fun career and wish they had more money.

You also run the risk of letting the money control you if you let it become the main factor in life and disregard the fun times for a shot at more money. I've been there before and can tell you if I could rewind time I'd have gone a different route.

But alas, every experience is a new lesson, so I can only impart the things I've learned.
Posted 12/16/13
Can't have fun without money.
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Posted 12/16/13
I think part of your problem is that you're looking at money as a representation of a commodity - the physical cash - to accumulate as an end goal. You have it in the wrong order. Physical cash is a representation of money, and money represents opportunity. It provides the opportunity to live (you use it to get food, shelter, etc.), especially without having to make the items you need to live yourself. It provides the opportunity to be healthier (you use it to get better healthcare, better food, healthier living spaces, etc.). It provides the opportunity to gain knowledge, communicate further, accumulate commodities, accumulate experiences, etc. The dilemma you are experiencing is a very literal opportunity cost matter.
To make the decision before you, you need to determine how much "opportunity" you need just to live. After that, how much you are willing to invest in this form of fun/experience compared to another. Try thinking about how much money you would get from your "money route" vs. your "fun route". The money that you get from the "money route" that is beyond what you get from the "fun route" is how much money you are paying for the opportunity to take the fun job instead of the money job. ($Money - $Fun = $Cost of choosing the fun job). Would you spend that much money to have the fun job instead of the money job, or would you use that money on something else (e.g. travel, nicer food, nicer house, nicer car)? The answer to that last question tells you which route you should take. If you say yes, then take the fun job. If you say no, take the money job.

As another point for your matter specifically, you don't necessarily have to choose.
1) Quite a few people have a money career and then a part-time artistic career (musical, studio, theatrical, etc.); if their artistic career takes off so that they don't have to choose between money and fun, they take up the artistic career full-time, and if not, they don't give up their art (and pleasure derived therefrom) but they don't have money problems either.
***If you are considering college at this point, most colleges allow double majors, so you can pursue a degree in both a music-business-related field and in a traditionally-provides-money field.
2) Many people have more than one thing they enjoy. You may find that there is a "money" career path that you enjoy, allowing you to have a fun future with money.
3) If you did both 1&2 combined, you'll really not have to choose between fun and money at all!
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Posted 12/16/13
Money of course, then I can have both.
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Posted 12/16/13
Money. If you have no money life is no fun. If you have money you are free to do things you enjoy. Choose a career that pays well and have lots of vacations.
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Posted 12/16/13
At this age I'd settle for a little of that "Future" stuff.
Posted 12/17/13
Idk, I feel like there's no right or wrong answer/ choice.

I personally decided to go the "financially secure" path, even though I'm an artist by heart. And guess what? I've discovered that I have talents in other academic areas which is science.

And honestly, I didn't even like studying art, like I don't like writing essays about other artists or being told I had to paint a certain way, it just seems... Weird.
Posted 12/17/13 , edited 12/17/13
You can make it happen so its realistic, how far do you want to go? You are going to need to work way harder than your friends thou and make sure you actually have some star quality.
Success comes from having fun. When your effort becomes effortless.
Good luck mate.
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Posted 12/17/13
money=fun
Posted 12/17/13

thekevin4 wrote:

money=fun


FALSE!
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