So you can play piano or guitar or drums or some musical instrument pretty darn well so it’s time for a gig. Boom! You get a gig of some kind and it actually pays. You and your band of buddies are off and running and so it begins. It starts off really well. Everyone gets along and the music is awesome. People come to the shows and clap and scream for you.
But as time goes on things begin to change. Very subtly, things start to bother you about the very band you loved just a few months ago. The guitar player annoys you with his bare feet in the porta-jons. The drummer has decided it’s okay to eat your burrito you brought from home. The singer has decided you are doing a new Elvis medley and you think that’s a crappy idea. Management has hired a new sound guy that wants the band to go to in-ear monitors which you believe will kill your tone and your on-stage vibe. The only thing you still liked is that hour on the stage and now that is in jeopardy. You still believe you are special and your opinion on matters should, well, matter. But no one seems to listen to you. You start drinking more and smoking more. Then one day, you realize, you are miserable and you want to quit.
But you can't quit, this is your dream job right? The reason for this post is to let you know it's okay to hate your gig sometimes. I know lots of pros who have gone through this and come out the other side loving the gig again. You'll have to find your own way to do this, but you are not alone. My approach as outlined in another post (Wearing more than one hat) is to de-emphasize the gig and go outside of it and find other things to do. i.e.: be a product rep, write a book etc... Comments welcome.