Career


In my bible study last night, we had a bit of a chat about those who were “lost” – and football players came up immediately. It came after West Coast Eagles star Ben Cousins was Suspended Indefinitely. We talked about how often football players, and others as well, turn to drugs to fill a void in their lives.

It didn’t use to be that way. Drug use wasn’t so rife in the early 90’s. Why? Because players weren’t fully professional. Then Captain of the West Coast Eagles (now coach) John Worsfold used to own a pharmacy, and you would often see him working there when he wasn’t at training. These days, the players are payed so much (Ben Cousins was apparently on an $800,000 contract), that they don’t need to have that non-football job. It just gives them free time, that they don’t know what to do with.

The same is often seen in Classical Music (though to a much lesser degree, and  is not published as often). Alcoholism is a major problem within Classical Music for the same reason – players have too much spare time, and no separate passion to involve themselves in, so they drink. This can have major effects on their personal lives, their family lives and their professional lives. This is especially evident in places such as England and America, where one bad performance can mean a red line through your name.

So how can you avoid these problems. I believe the answer lies in having other interests that can fill that void.

For John Worsfold, it was his Pharmacy. For one of my lecturers, Michael Goldschlager, it’s wood working. For me… I’m not sure what my passion is.

I enjoy spending time on the computer. I like playing games, heading off to LAN’s, working on my website. I enjoy golf – though I don’t get out on the course as often as I like. I enjoy phantom comics, though I don’t buy them as often as I could. These, I think, are my non-musical passions. A dose of them keeps me on track with my career, and means I do not look towards alcohol or drugs to fill a void. Sure, I enjoy a good drink (Got a nice bottle of red that I can’t wait to open up on the 10th), and sometimes I drink a bit too much (though I try not to), but it’s not a problem at the moment, and I don’t wish it to become one.

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No, I haven’t just smacked that annoying fly that keeps buzzing around me, SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats, and I’m supposed to hand in a one page dot point summary of mine by Monday. It’s part of a “Communications” module – which is supposed to be basically teaching us skills for when we head out into the world. However, so far, I haven’t been very good at doing this SWOT.

As is often the case, it’s very easy to pick out the weaknesses and threats, but much harder to pick out Strengths. Thankfully, I’ve always been pretty good at picking an opportunity.

I think my biggest Weakness at the moment is not knowing where I want to go. Sure, I would love to be able to get into an orchestra, but I realise that that may not be possible right out of uni… in fact, more likely than not, it won’t be. So I need to find a way to make some money, and still be involved in music, but that might not necessarily be performing.

In fact, I know it won’t be. I’ve discovered that my strengths are much better suited towards something other than performance. Something more like Concert Promotion or Artist Management. I am very good at thinking up what I want to achieve, and then working out what I need to do to get there. I know that I’m charming, very good at networking, have a fairly logical mind and I’m technologically savvy (in fact, my website is being hosted on my home computer). I think these strengths would suit me well towards being a concert promoter and artist management.

So I’m going to head down this path. I’m going to complete my Bachelor of Music, because wanting to focus on Classical music artists and concerts, having a knowledge of Classical Music will allow me to work for them better. I’ll know the sorts of things they’ll want, and what it takes for a performance to go smoothly, as opposed to a contemporary music performance.

One of the best things of being a Concert Promoter, is that I can bring over the artists that I want to hear, and get to work with them, and hear them for free! Awesome!

Well… not quite yet. Though I’m half way there. I’m on my way but I haven’t started yet.

I’ve completed one course… and Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts, and am now just commencing a Bachelor of Music. I’m still a fair way off a career… but it’s kinda scary that I’m only 18 months from being outside of the University arena.

Current Goal: Become an orchestral violinist.

Other possibilities: Instrumental teacher, Musicologist, Music Critic

Pathways: Practice like hell, see what my new teacher can do for me. Get in as much experience in orchestras as possible, and learn as many orchestral parts as possible. Pick up new students to supplement income and pay for flights for auditions.

It’s nice to have something to aim for. For the past few weeks, my interest has been waning a little, but I’ve got my first lesson with my new teacher on Tuesday. I’m looking forward to it – I’m looking forward to seeing what she can do with me, and what I can do with her.

Well, that’s a rather odd Intro for where this blog is going. It’s basically going to be my forum for ideas about my career progress, interesting tidbits I pick up. I’ll also be adding in some Concert Reviews, and Classical Music news.