Where am I getting all of this Money!? (Week 2)

Back in the day when I was no more than 13 years old, I remember having a conversation with my uncle. I can’t remember how it began or how it ended, all I remember is one thing. He asked me what i wanted to be when i was older, and i replied “I don’t care as long as I am happy” he laughed and said “famous last words”. Ever since then i have been set on proving him wrong, so when i started to get interested in making music I thought, ‘Nothing will stop me from doing this’.

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As I learnt more about the creative industries, specifically the Music Industry, I heard from many different sources that financial security was one of the luxuries musicians today will not all be able to take advantage of. Week 2’s lecture taught me that there are two main ways of income in the creative industries, Salary work and Freelance.

My understanding of the two was basic and undeveloped until we had the lecture. Salary work seems to be the safest option as stated by Rae Ann Fera “ working independently is not all lollipops and rainbows, what with the added responsibilities of business finances, the stress of erratic income, and the unpleasant prospects of hustling for work” (Fera 2012). Salary work is often about putting someone else’s project before your own and working as a part of a team. Sometimes that means withholding your own creativity for the better of the project, which can be an issue for many because expressing their own creativity is one of the main reasons they decided to get into the creative industries.

“I’d say don’t start freelancing until you’ve done at least five years in the business you’re freelancing in”

If you feel this way freelance work may be the way to go. Often it is a more rewarding path, which is however a much more difficult task to undertake alone. “A freelancer or freelance worker is a person who pursues a profession without long-term commitment to any one employer”. I believe freelance work is the work that I want to do, but honestly I don’t know how i am going to make money when I leave SAE, hopefully i figure it out soon.

Fera, R.A. (2012) How to be A happy and successful creative Freelancer (or work with One). Available at: http://www.fastcocreate.com/1681611/how-to-be-a-happy-and-successful-creative-freelancer-or-work-with-one (Accessed: 6 July 2016).

Gardner, B. (2007) What does ‘freelance’ really mean? Available at: http://www.directcreative.com/blog/freelance-definition (Accessed: 6 July 2016).

Reynolds, B.W., Wong, K., Lee, S. and Henry, A. (2015) How to transition from freelance work to A full-time position. Available at: http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2015/05/how-to-transition-from-freelance-work-to-a-full-time-position/ (Accessed: 6 July 2016).

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