Even a heavy metal artist has to eat and pay the rent, and if tours and album sales aren’t cutting it, they are going to need a day job that will. Not only will it have to be enough to cover the bills, it will have to offer enough time for practices, and the flexibility for when you go on tour.
This is the ideal opportunity for a musician who wants to earn a steady income, stay involved with music and have time off. Teachers make a decent salary that can cover expenses, but also comes with extended vacation periods that can be used for excess practicing and tours. The best thing is, you get the chance to share your love of music with young people, and maybe even find the next Jimi Hendrix.
You may even consider taking control over the school band or chorus. This may mean having to expand your taste in music to accommodate the school, but it will be very rewarding. And if you’re lucky you will be given some creative liberty to add some heavy metal into the queue.
The Medical Imaging Field
You don’t have time to become a doctor, but the medical imaging field is a good opportunity to earn a living without taking much time. An ultrasound technician makes good money, and only requires a small amount of tertiary education. These careers can be fulfilled within the confines of a hospital, but for a musician a private clinic or doctor’s office will better suit your circumstance.
These are 9 to 5 gigs that not only give you nights and weekends off, there will be vacation time given for when you want to tour. With jobs like an ultrasound technician, you are able to help people with their medical needs without going through medical school.
The best way to take advantage of your talent, have the free time you want and make money is by offering music lessons. This could be as simple as teaching people how to sing online, or you could offer guitar or drum lessons from home. You are in charge of the scheduling, allowing you to take the time off you need to tour and practice.
You can also charge the students what you want, giving more control over how much you earn. One on one music lessons are important to both parents and aspiring young musicians, so you may be able to build a nice following.
It is not easy to start out in the metal music industry, and there is likely to be dry periods of time where not much income is coming in. Look at career options that can benefit you financially and give you the time to practice and play at will.