Most folk musicians need an alternate source of income if they want to keep on playing their music. While it is rewarding on a personal level, it is not on a financial one. In order to keep your self from going bankrupt, while still getting to play at festivals and gigs, you need to find the right day job.
Trying to find a career that won’t interfere with your folk music? Canada has a loving history with folk music, and a number of career opportunities to support it. Here are a few ideas that you should consider:
It should come as no surprise that many teachers are closet folk musicians. The hours are perfect, with nights and weekends always free. Plus, they get the entire summer off, when the best folk music festivals are being held around the country.
Picking teaching as your profession will of course require that you continue your education at a local college, but this will only give you a chance to expose more people to your music. Expect four years of college in order to get a degree that will allow you to land a job in a local school.
There are special ultrasound technician schools that can help you obtain the licensing you need to become a sonographer. An ultrasound technician is responsible for taking images of people for medical purposes. These images are created with sound waves which are then projected onto a TV screen. The most common use is in obstetrics, where a sonogram creates a picture of the unborn baby.
An ultrasound technician salary is substantial enough to carry your folk music dreams, especially if you work inside of a private doctor’s office. This type of job will give you nights and weekends off where you can schedule your practices and gigs. Consider applying to schools or look for jobs at www.medicalu.org.
If you are more involved with your music, and need complete flexibility with your time consider becoming a trader in the Forex market. This is a currency market where you make money by predicting the growth or decline of the currency. Although it may sound complicated, there are tons of sites online that can assist you in starting out. Plus you will need a broker, who will provide you with a trading platform to learn off of.
What makes Forex trading so appealing is that the initial investment can be as low as fifty dollars. When you work with a broker, they will leverage your trades to help you make more money. This is a type of loan, which is paid back from your profits. Since you can trade whenever you want, this type of money making venture gives you all the free time you want and need for your folk music career.
Make sure that you choose a day job that gives you the time and space you need to do the things you love. Playing folk music can take up a lot of your time, so ensure that the career path you choose to fund it does not cut into that time you need.