Musician, Paper Arrows
Write, record, perform and market original music.
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.
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.
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.
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