20 Gifs That Prove Being A Musician is Even Realer Than A Real Job

Pursuing music as a career can be a long and arduous road. The pay can be terrible, you have to wear a thousand different hats, and the music industry itself is currently in a state of flux. On top of that, most musicians have had to deal with the ‘real job’ discussion from unenlightened friends or family at some point or another. That’s why we here at Musiciio HQ have covered you with some defenses you can use for those sticky conversations.

1. It pays! (Sometimes).

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2. … Although not always in the way you’d expect.

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3. “It’s essentially running your own business.”

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4. And, like any self-managed business, you have to spend money to make money.

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5. …Sometimes it feels like allllllll you do is spend money.

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6. Which makes it hard sometimes to afford nice things that aren’t music-related.

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7. It involves a lot of sacrifice… and unpaid leg work.

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8. Not to mention organisation.

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9. And planning. Lots of planning.

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10. There’s so much to it that sometimes you forget it’s supposed to be about playing your instrument.

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11. Although…nope. It’s hard to forget all the blood, sweat, tears and years you put into practicing your craft.

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12. It requires having to deal with constant setbacks and rejection.

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13. You have to listen to dumb career advice from people who don’t know what your industry is like.

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14. Not to mention deflecting comments like this.

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15. It can be difficult to work a ‘real job’ when all you think about is what you want to be doing instead.

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16. Justifying what you do to others is a full time job in itself.

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17. And just because it looks easy, doesn’t mean anyone can do it.

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18. In fact, it’s not easy. There are no guarantees that even if you’re good, you will succeed.

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19. But you know what? Your job’s pretty fun.

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20. And it’s important to chase your dreams.

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Besides – it’s all worth it to be doing what you love!

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