Joe Goodkin

Joe Goodkin

Musician, Paper Arrows

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I started learning to play the guitar when I was 8 and playing in bands from 10 on.
Then I went to college and majored in Ancient Greek (Classics) but pursued music on the side.
Then I graduated college and worked at a law firm for almost 10 years.
Then I wrote a folk opera based on Homer's "Odyssey" and created "Paper Arrows."
Then I quit my day job to pursue music full time, including "The Odyssey", "Paper Arrows", and teaching.
Now I am succeeding in multiple areas of music and can't wait to see what happens next.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Oak Park River Forest
Bachelor
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Career

Musician, Paper Arrows

Write, record, perform and market original music.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Music
Entrepreneurship
Being Creative

Day to Day

One of the best if not most challenging things about being a musician is that every day looks different. Some days are heavy on composing/practicing the guitar and singing. Others are administrative days spent booking gigs and pursuing licensing and other business opportunities. There are travel and performing days which are fun and rewarding but exhausting. In general, most days are a balance of a number of creative and organizational tasks.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

In terms of turning a passion for music into a career, the most important non-academic skill is the ability to think critically and creatively about your craft and figure out ways to turn it into opportunities to make a living - and more music. On top of that, work ethic is king.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

The most important first step for someone looking to be a musician is to start making mistakes early and often. Accumulate experience both positive and negative experience and start shaping what you do and how you do it. There is no one path to success in music so beginning to lay your own way early will set you up to succeed.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"Success must look like ____________"

Challenges I Overcame

Fear of Failure