Jun 22, 2016
You don’t need to live in Los Angeles or have a hit song to have a successful career in music. Across the country, tens of thousands of people make good livings as musicians and singers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And the federal government predicts the number of such jobs will go up in the years ahead.
The pay can be good, too. The average wage for musicians was almost $50,000 a year in 2015.
This week on Find Your Dream Job, we explore how you can build a great career in the music industry. Our guest, Mark Powers, is a professional drummer who knows all about how to make a living in music. Mark shares his experience building a career as a performer, writer, and music educator. His advice to aspiring artists: create your own opportunities through diversification and building good relationships.
In this 29-minute episode you will learn:
This week’s guest:
Percussion artist and educator
Mark Powers has shared the stage with everyone from Cheap Trick’s
Rick Nielsen, Devon Evans (of Bob Marley and the Wailers), and the
Rolling Stones saxophonist Tim Ries. Mark now offers video drum
lessons on his educational website, DrumItInAMinute.com. He is the
author of several percussion textbooks and a past contributor to
Modern Drummer Magazine.
Fun fact: Mark is a former co-holder of the Guinness World Record for Longest Drum Roll by a Group.
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Opening and closing music for Find Your Dream Job provided by Freddy Trujillo, www.freddytrujillo.com.