As you may have figured out from my previous postings, I don't make enough money with my music to support myself. Actually, I don't make enough money to afford a friggin' Red Bull for that matter!
I make my bread and butter as a High School teacher. I find it hard to believe, but I've been doing that for almost 23 years. The positive aspects of teaching are many:
1) if you like teaching, which I do, interacting with the students keeps you young.
2) You get two months off in the middle of Summer - this is the time when I get most of my songs finished.
3) Having teachers as your day-to-day colleagues is always fun and inspirational. Teachers are a special breed of person and having them 'in the trenches' with you is a constant shot in the arm.
Now, with regard to getting my music life productive, here's were teaching can be a hassle:
1) It's not just a 9 to 5 job. After school, there's so much work to be done that I find myself having to cancel my planned music sessions at least 2-3 days a week. Not only are there papers to grade, plans to make (every class is like a mini-television show, that needs preparation and daily tweaking.) But I am also the IT director of the school and have large projects from time to time that eat into my musical life.
These issues, and more, are what I call "Imperial Entanglements" that inhibit my quest for musical expression. And here's what I've noticed - If I don't get to the studio for days at a time I get grumpy. It will sneak up on me, I'll think that I just had a bad day or someone cut me off in traffic, but as the time away from my muse gets longer and longer, even a squirrel farting across the street will set me off.
This tells me two things:
1) in order to be truly happy, I need to work on music daily.
2) in order for the people around me to not suffer my grump-fests, I need to work on music daily.
So, that's what I've been trying my best to do - work on music even for a mere 30 minutes every day. And the weekends are when I cook large, note-laden stews which will help sustain me during my snacking on the weekdays. (see my blog on cooking singleparentchef.com.)
Okay, now go pursue you're passion kids and let those squirrels fart as much as they want!