Making a living as a musician is not easy.
It may seem easy on Youtube, but let me tell you there is a world of difference between recording in a home studio and playing a show for a live audience.
Crowds can be brutal on musicians, especially when they are still learning their craft. And the reward for most live shows is a payoff worth only a few beers – usually which have all been consumed before the end of the show. I play several live sets a week, and if I could get paid a little better it would be my full time job. For now I have to keep working in the cannabis dispensary during the day, so I can chase my dream at night. As far as jobs go, things could be a lot worse, the cannabis dispensary is the nicest place I have ever worked. The pay is good, the customers are usually polite, and I am surrounded by the pleasant aroma of fresh cannabis. Our customers have to be polite, because we have an ex police officer who runs security for the cannabis dispensary. Cannabis is a cash-only business, and with that much money on the premises, we keep a large and intimidating man at the front door to keep away trouble. His name is Lou, and he is also working for the cannabis store as he chases his dream of being a musician! Lou and I have a lot in common, maybe we should meet up outside the cannabis shop and play music together sometime.