Need your advice
Hi, everyone! My name is Elmira and I really need your advice. I am 22 years old and I graduated from university this year. My speciality is Information Systems(IT).I have been working in a good IT company with a good salary.However, I realized that I’m not satisfied with my job and would like to change my profession. Now, I want to be a musician. I have started to play violin from 5 years and continued it as a hobby in the university. Nowadays my skills are not so good as before but I would like to improve it. So the question is - should I follow my dream and leave my job to become a violinist? Do I have chance to enter in a music college? Isn’t it too late?(Sorry for my English)
You would probably be best doing your current job. But you may wish to make it a more serious hobby, if that makes sense? So playing in a community/amateur orchestra, playing chamber music etc
The questions are:
As someone who has worked IT type work for decades, and periodically desired to leave, even with its ups and downs economically, it still pays better than a lot of other options, and the funds fuel more heartfelt pursuits.
I don’t think it would be wise to drop your job and do something wildly different for any reason, more so for violin.
22 is quite young in the grand scheme of things. Think about where you'll be e.g. at age 30 if you take either of the two paths. I would also consider why you want to make a change now and do you think music is really where you want to be? What are the chances you change your mind again? In your circumstances it will likely mean lower income and job security. So ask yourself if you're ready for that trade-off. I agree you need to answer Lydia's questions but I don't agree with others here who say it's wise to stay the course if you're unhappy with it. I would say follow your heart if you've thought it through and can find a way to make it work.
Uh oh. Full-time and well-paid musicians get bored too.
Part-time and poorly paid musicians might not be bored, but they might like the boredom of a reliable paycheck.
Something to consider: In IT you may have a nice job today, but if you completely leave the field for a few years your skill set may become outdated within a couple of years.
I would look at studying with a good teacher privately first. Maybe you can find a professor at a conservatory or other high-level teacher that takes private students. That would give you a more reasonable picture of the work that may be required before conservatory, and this would allow you to put that work in while still earning money.
The other saying I've heard is "It's not supposed to be enjoyable. That's why they call it WORK."
Speaking as someone who has worked in IT since graduation, and wanted with varying degrees of intensity to find a new career for about the first ten of that...it is normal to look at other fields, but do be cautious. There are better and worse (and MUCH better and MUCH worse) software jobs out there. I had several artistic interests in college and before, and violin has been the only one that really went well as a side hobby with software work.
I strongly recommend you to not leave a career you have been able to start successfully, thanks to your preparation, for another one where you are not prepared and have very few chances of being able to live from it.
A job can be viewed as a career, or as a way to make money so you can pursue your passion.
yes Elmira keep your job and develop a beautiful hobby in music, playing the violin in amateur ensembles, finding music partners, etc, a hobby that will last you a lifetime and you can keep improving in it whole your life. Best wishes!
My advice would be: Never burn bridges. At 22 years old you still have plenty of time. You must make a plan.Keep your job until you know if you can cross over.If you can't cross over you still have a job.
I'm a career-changer into music. A few differences: I had about 5 years on you (more time at the "good company with a good salary" to decide I wanted OUT - and to save money for vague future expenses), didn't have any particular dream, and was already doing music (teaching) on the side. It was only supposed to be a stopgap while I soul-searched but one thing led to another. I'm unlikely to ever make my previous salary but I have enough and am fulfilled with my new line of work. It quite possibly could have turned out differently, then I'd be singing a different tune!
Do what makes you happy and you will find a way to make the money to keep doing it. That's what my grandfather always said.
I like Mengwei Shen's advice. It is sensible, positive without being unrealistic, cautious without being abrupt and negative.
David Burgess has it exactly right.
For the 30 years that I worked in a technical field, my dream was to be independent and make musical instruments in my own shop. However, realistic evaluation came to the obvious conclusion that it wouldn't pay the rent. I even took a few months leave of absence to try it more intensely... but all I did was increase the cash outflow.
Everyone is talking from a classical music perspective, but there’s an entire world outside of classical music that can be far more lucrative and forgiving. But, as was suggested somewhere above, many questions have not been answered: where you live, what kind of music you play, whether you want to perform/teach/etc...
Making it as a musician is similar to achieving success as a pro athlete. People considering a jump into music in late teens or early twenties should have this analogy in mind.
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