Are You A Full Time Composer?

Hi all,

I am not sure if this has been asked before, but I am wonder whether you are a full time composer or have any other job(s). As for me, I work as a translator, mostly at night, and compose music in the morning. I am looking forward to becoming a full time composer.. one day. :)

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  • Pretty rare to find income enough to be full time.  A few do but very few.  Expecting a full time income from composing seems to be pretty unlikely except perhaps as a teacher of composing at some university. But maybe I'm too pessimistic.

  • I have a day job in IT. As a serious hobby I've started composing music about five years ago. Since then I've posted over forty original compositions on my Soundcloud site.

    I'm currently working on arranging Holst's Planets for synthesizer. I've invested a lot of blood, sweat, and tears in this project, while nurturing the dream that someday a label will take it on, and it will sell well, and I can quit my day job and devote myself more to composing.

  • My hats off to the full timers! I wish I could compose for a living. That's my dream. And it's going to be a tough one to pursue. Right now, I'm more of a part time composer and trumpet player along with being a full time hotel employee. When I started out, I composed purely as a hobby and now five years later, I'm making some decent side income when projects and gigs arise. But not even close enough to quit the day job, so I will keep on trucking...

  • Hi Mike,
    I've listened to your arrangement of Gustav Holst's The Planets. It's wonderful, I truly like it. :)

    Mike Leghorn said:

    I have a day job in IT. As a serious hobby I've started composing music about five years ago. Since then I've posted over forty original compositions on my Soundcloud site.

    I'm currently working on arranging Holst's Planets for synthesizer. I've invested a lot of blood, sweat, and tears in this project, while nurturing the dream that someday a label will take it on, and it will sell well, and I can quit my day job and devote myself more to composing.

    Are You A Full Time Composer?
    Hi all, I am not sure if this has been asked before, but I am wonder whether you are a full time composer or have any other job(s). As for me, I work…
  • Thanks Sam!

  • I have a day job and compose music before and after work everyday, hoping to make this my full time occupation and currently making contacts and going to film festivals to spread my work. Obviously i've literally just started on this road and looking forward to the challenges ahead :D

  • To simply answer your question, yes I am a fulltime composer.

    ~Rod



  • Rodney Carlyle Money said:

    To simply answer your question, yes I am a fulltime composer.

    ~Rod

     

    and the next question is - can you make a decent living out of that alone?....

    Are You A Full Time Composer?
    Hi all, I am not sure if this has been asked before, but I am wonder whether you are a full time composer or have any other job(s). As for me, I work…
  • That is always a tough question because what is the definition of a decent living? If you make $20,000 or even $120,000 you will still be in trouble if you spend more than you make. To answer your question though I have a new car, I’ve loan money to friends and family helping them in emergencies, I’ve paid for my wedding in September and the ring in cash, and my future bride and I are planning on purchasing a new house next May. I just thank the Lord every day that He provides the resources and my drive to work hard.  

    ~Rod

  • Depending the place we're discussing: "The impoverished and the imprisoned have food, water, shelter, and amenities that rival their wealthier societal counterparts". Composers are advised, speaking in a sardonic fashion, to leach their fellow people via their governments, as those that choose not to get jobs/careers or to be violators of our justice system appear to get more than us diligent people that are composers full-time and or part-time with a part-time or full-time job.

    I add that I question those of faith who attribute good and or bad to a deity or deities. I might be a lost lamb of the shepherd. I, however, am not confused on the issue of freewill. I think what I think, I feel what I feel, I communicate what I communicate, and I do what I do. I have time, I have space, and I have resources. No force that gives me free will is to give or take from me. I succeed or I fail in human affairs. God succeeds or fails in his own affairs.

    I believe it's wonderful you've achieved what you've achieved, but I believe that rather than giving all the glory to God like a good Christian that, ironically, as a Christian you've got an honor and a duty to either share how you humanly accomplished your goals or how you accomplished your goals via God.

    I remind you that some Christians have equal musical work ethic and don't experience your success.

    Rodney Carlyle Money said:

    That is always a tough question because what is the definition of a decent living? If you make $20,000 or even $120,000 you will still be in trouble if you spend more than you make. To answer your question though I have a new car, I’ve loan money to friends and family helping them in emergencies, I’ve paid for my wedding in September and the ring in cash, and my future bride and I are planning on purchasing a new house next May. I just thank the Lord every day that He provides the resources and my drive to work hard.  

    ~Rod

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