When I first began violin, I had a naive goal. I wanted to be happy with how I sounded, and I wanted to be known as a good violinist. Money was the least of my concerns at the time, and over time I began adding other items to that list such as personal health, time, etc. Upon graduating I took auditions, each failure brought me to work harder than before. After a year of losing I finally won positions with two regional orchestras I was estatic and bewildered that I had finally made it.
Joining the orchestras showed me what kind of life I would be living with financially which I had expected and believed I would be ok with. Except it was not ok as my relationship with my girlfriend of 4 years started to deepen, I realized I would not be able to support a family. I knew I would not be able to give any prospective children (planning on having kids after 6 years), the same things my parents were able to provide for me(house, good education, food, my first car etc). I turned to teaching, but having an irregular schedule, I saw employers prefer hiring other violin teachers with more stable schedules, was even advised to leave the regional orchestras I had worked so hard to get into.
Now as summer approaches and regional auditions begin again, I for the first time in my brief violin career hesitated. The regional orchestras are exciting, and fun to be part of, but fun won't put food on the table.
And so I ask the violin community here how do you get by while having a family. Perhaps some here have come to the same conclusion and took the dreaded career change. For those who did take the change, do you ever regret it, and how were you able to wrench yourself out. What viable career options are there for someone like me with just a Bachelors of Violin Performance degree.
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