Being a professional musician is one of the hardest, most competitive jobs out there. We spend far more time with our instrument than probably anyone in our life. We’re essentially in a relationship with them. So when we finally get “the job” it means we can let up on our practice, right? Wrong. Securing that position means you have to work just as hard or even harder to deliver what you demonstrated in your audition or interview. So how do we maintain a healthy relationship with music so we can continue to love it and not get burned out?
The answer is simple! Get yourself a hobby that you’re passionate about. If you dedicate every single moment and aspect of your life to music you are going to hate it and we certainly don’t want that! If you look at any professional classical musician today, they all have a separate passion which gives them enough of a break from music that allows them to continue to come back and love it day after day.
So what are my options, you ask?
Turns out it’s not just recommended by your doctor! Having some sort of exercise routine will help you blow off steam about how your high F# is out of tune, and it will also do things like: overall improve your physical and mental health, release endorphins, help with your breath support, and it’s a great way to make friends and form a tribe outside the music world.
Some options include:
Joining a community fitness group (there’s a ton that are free!)
ARTS AND CRAFTS
Unless you are a composer, I believe the one thing we lack as musicians is that our work does not result in something that is tangible. Our sounds goes out into the world and is left to the memory to hold onto, so making crafts as a hobby is a great way to solve this problem. You end up with something beautiful (depending on how good your Pinterest skills are) and can also make great gifts! Feel confident enough in your skills? Start an Etsy page you talented human!
Some options include:
Traveling is great for several reasons - you experience new culture, get a small break from reality, you can try new foods native to that area, and you get to see the world! Traveling doesn’t require a $1,000 plane ticket either, you can hop in a car and drive a few hours for the weekend and still gain new experiences and great memories. I recently went to Cape Cod with my family and it was an entirely different experience than being in the city. And honestly, being at the beach when no one else was there was complete bliss. Fresh air from the sea is medicine for the soul.
You probably know someone who is a part-time consultant for companies like: Arbonne, Avon, or Stella & Dot. And you know what? The people who do that LOVE IT. I can say for certain that it’s not my cup of tea, but the people I know who are looking to provide you with great skin care products, jewelry, herbal remedies, or whatever it may be, are truly passionate about it. What I’m tiring to get at it is, find something else that you love and meet other people who love it too. The music world is fantastic and you will meet many incredible people within it, but there is just something about non-musicians who really keep you grounded and frankly keep you from sounding too much like a music snob. No one wants to be friends with someone who can only talk about Chopin. He’s great and I love him too, but sometimes you just need to forget about Chopin and dance out your stresses and become a coffee snob, wine connoisseur, or whatever else floats your boat. What hobbies and passions outside of music do you have?