Pursuing my dreams vs. not dying penniless
February 3, 2014 8:45 AM Subscribe
I'm an engineer by training and by day, with a comfortable paycheck. My evening hobby has been Music Directing community musical theater. I recently took a weeklong masterclass/intensive that has made me realize that I need this to be a bigger part of my life. Can I take it to the next level and make it my job?
posted by jeffjon to Work & Money (14 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
- I have an engineering degree, not any music/theatre degrees.
- I've been successful in the community realm, and I get good feedback, but I'm aware I'm not a instrumental virtuoso like some people doing this job on a professional level.
- I'm done with this particular day job regardless; the question now is whether to find a better job in the engineering field, or make a big jump to music.
- I have a mortgage, but also an amazingly supportive wife who's wondering when I'm finally going to quit the boring day job. We could almost survive on her pay alone for a while, though significant lifestyle choices would be required.
- We're in our mid-30's and are currently childless, but may not always be either of those.
- Have you changed careers mid-life to follow your passion? Any thoughts/regrets/recommendations?
- Are you in the musical theatre field? Any ideas as to how to get from where I am now, to being a full time music director?