Your parents' hesitation to support you is justified.
I'm a professional musician (drummer), and if my kid wanted to pursue music as a profession, honestly I think I'd have a problem with it.
Here's the thing: them not being supportive has nothing to do with whether they think you're talented or not. So don't think that it's a matter of
them not believing in your abilities as an artist. I listened to a bit of that song, indeed you do have a lot of talent and a great voice, nobody can
The music business has always been a tumultuous field, but right now more than ever. There are no rules, it's an absolute free-for-all. This can be
either good or bad. There are new opportunities, but also a lot of the opportunities that have always existed are no longer there.
Be careful, have a plan, and protect yourself: if you ever consider signing something, know exactly what every word of that contract means. I'm not
even talking about "record deals", but anything. Publishing deals, synch licenses, distribution, merchandising, etc etc. Like I said, it's a
free-for-all out there right now. I know way too many bands who are getting #ed cause they were young, desperate and stupid. I know a band who can
tour the states, getting guarantees of $7,000 - $15,000 every single night, yet they don't see a dime of it, it all goes to their label. They only get
a measly $250 a week (less than $200 after taxes), as salary from the label. I have another friend who is in a very very popular metal band, they sell
plenty of records (a miracle in this day and age), pack mid-sized clubs all over the country, yet when he had averaged out what he made on one tour,
it came out to $1.68 a day.
My point is, your parents aren't stupid, and while they may not know the legal mumbo jumbo of why the industry is such an ugly place, they've probably
heard it all their lives.
My recommendation is this: have a way to make money. A way that's not music. Hopefully your music will, eventually, make you money. But it's not smart
to depend on it. It could likely cause you to start to resent your own music, or at the least hinder or put pressure on your artistic output. Find
another way. I don't care if it's a website you run, a bike messenger job, anything. But do something so that you can feel free to create whatever it
is you want to create, and love what you create, because you aren't forcing it to pay your bills.
Just my 2 cents
Edit: read that you do tennis instruction. Good call. Also wanted to add that the examples I gave of bands that I'm friends with are not rare at all,
in case anyone was wondering. It's called a 360 record deal, and it's become the industry standard for new bands/artists, and it's an evil thing.
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