If you knew you would never make a living making music, would you still keep making it?

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Yesterday, Pitchfork posted a short interview with Marnie Stern -- the lovely lass from the Win a Date with Marnie Stern (but only if you live in New York and are not a stalker/creepo) contest -- in which she revealed that she's essentially broke and not making ends meet with her music ("I used to think I would be able to make a living off music, but I don't any more"), yet she remains undaunted. Resigning herself to the fact that these are just the realities that come with her chosen path, she vows to continue expressing herself and feels fortunate to even have the chance. If it became evident that you'd never make a living making music (or just doing what you love), that you'd always struggle and always have to keep a day job, would you continue pursuing your passion? We suspect we know the answer, but tell us anyway.

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Via Pitchfork

"What's started to become scary to me is the state of the music business and the inundation of bands, the competition. I still don't have anyone releasing this record in Europe, Australia, or Japan. That's terrifying. I never think I'm going to stop making music, I just worry that I won't be able to release it. I'll send out a bunch of emails, not hear back, then feel paralyzed and want to hide under the covers. The logistics of getting the music out there seems really tenuous-- I don't know where it's all going, but every couple years, when I put out a new record, the whole landscape feels even more different than I thought it ever could."




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Meaghan Lillis
Meaghan Lillis

Making music is an imperative, not a logical choice. Great interview.

Coco Davies
Coco Davies

Losing money is generally how it works for me.

Laura Hartman
Laura Hartman

Umm, does anyone assume they make make a living?

Thin Ice
Thin Ice

(Steve) That's what I do. Music for avocation, not for the filthy lucre.

Brandonsings
Brandonsings

I'm living this life now. You get used to having two jobs. It's tough as hell to keep your day job and band job separate with touring and recording... but If you get lucky you can find a good job that will work around your absences. 

It helps that I finished college... I know band guys in their late 20s who spent 5-8 years touring who are now broke with no job skills and no degree. 

I think the key is to get into a job field that relates to music or your skills. Since I work at a social media agency I get to use my skills for both of my jobs.

Damien McCarron
Damien McCarron

So far yep, can't seem to see an escape route. It's a simple life but it's full of music.

Ray Koren
Ray Koren

True musicians don't have the option to stop. Its innate.

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