Something to Fall Back On – How I Became A Failed Musician – And You Will Too
That’s the message – and warning – brought to us by our guest Scott Williams-Oakes, who speaks from both personal experience and from the experience of others who have ventured into the music industry.
It’s also the title of his new audio book, available on line for $5 at: www.swoaudio.bandcamp.com.
Any romantic notions anyone may have about becoming a “famous rock musician” or working in the music industry will certainly be dashed. The reality of being in a band or becoming a success in the music industry is extraordinarily low, perhaps only around 2% – an unofficial statistic that seems to bear out the experience of most in the business.
While there’s no sure formula for success, there most definitely are many formulae for failure. Borrowing from John Lennon’s famous dictum: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans,” perhaps the dream of being a well-known and popular musician is but a metaphor for the lessons of life found in almost any field or career.
The vast majority of people who attempt to make a living in the music industry will fail, warns Scott. They will not only fail to make money, but at the same time, may find themselves spending more money than what they earn in pursuit of their musical passions.
For those concerned about heeding the advice of a “failed” musician, take note: Scott’s advice is also drawn from the experiences of the few who did not fail, but managed to get it Just Right.