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Old 24th November 2018
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Originally Posted by Lysene View Post
I have just turned 30,
Turning 30 doesn't necessarily have to spell the end of your musical hopes and dreams unless you simply give up as many people do at that age. I know plenty of people who have continued to make progress beyond 30.

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lived in Bristol for a decade before running off to the middle of nowhere (because of a girl... classic),
I don't know if you're still with this woman, have kids, and all that, but if not, why not move back to the city? Or embrace being the guy from the middle of nowhere, take advantage of the lower cost of living and be the weird musical hermit in the country. Make music that reflects your surroundings so that you have a story that sets you apart.

Also, Australia has some pretty good subsidies for independent musicians doesn't it?

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Originally Posted by Lysene View Post
I now work some random pointless job,
i was recently killing time in a bookstore, skimming through a book about the art market and how to break into being a professional painter/sculptor/etc. One section that jumped out at me was somebody talking about how everybody has a day job and pretends not to but there are certain categories of day jobs that suit artists. I don't remember the exact categories, but basically they were like time, money, connections, tools, something like that. You can find a job that's so easy to do that you have lots of free time to work on your art, possibly even at work. Or you can get a job that pays you so much money that you have the luxury to spend time on art. Or find a job that gives you access to the tools (like working in a recording studio and getting to use it at night). Or a job that gives you connections to people in the industry (working at a label). Easier said than done obviously, but if you live in the middle of nowhere working "some random pointless job" is there a way you can be thinking about and working on music while at your job?

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Originally Posted by Lysene View Post
like say you only have X amount of time to do music cos of work / family / whatever, like how do you engage with that positively instead of just getting frustrated with all the ideas that you don't have the opportunity to realise?
The first step is to recognize that it's going to be very hard work and be honest to yourself about whether or not you're actually using your time wisely now. Yes work/family come first but what's "whatever"? Do you spend time watching TV, playing videogames, hanging out with friends, or anything else that would be better spent working on music? How many hours do you sleep and could you get away with less?