Some recent social media posts have got me thinking more deeply about the oft-read rant regarding “amateur” musicians “stealing professional” jobs. It is the last quoted word that got me curious.
What does it mean to be a “professional musician”?
At the far end of the scale, it’s obvious: musicians who earn their entire livelihood from playing music. Easy enough!
But what about, say, someone who works in a music store and plays shows in the evenings and on weekends? Does the day job disqualify that person from the professional ranks or is working in a music store a mitigating factor?
Okay, let’s take that further. What about someone who work instead as a server in a live music venue? Does the place of day employ shield a musician from being ranked amateur? What if he/she/they work in a doughnut shop?
Is it a question of how many hours performed vs. the day job?
Perhaps I’m looking at this all wrong…could it be a question of expertise or raw talent? Is it attitude and the ability to please an audience? Is it originality?
I have my own ideas, but I’d like to hear back from you, dear readers. Just leave a comment if you wish.
This Saturday the Cats Will Play
After a good and hot rehearsal last night working through the four new tunes we hope to launch, the Cats are raring to go this Saturday at Relish 2.0. We kick off at 9:30, but please come early for the food and former ABC Songcircle guest One-Eyed Oracle (aka Boris Buhot) playing from 7 to 9.
Make it a full evening of live entertainment!
Be there and be well!