How to fit in Composing…

I am currently a student enrolled at Plymouth State University. Being a full time student, a Marine Reservist, and a part time employee, I find it hard to find time to compose. Writing music is my passion, but how do I fit in time to do so? I have it somewhat lucky, because half of my major has been based around composing music on my preferred medium, but what about after college? How will I make time.

Something that my old advisor, Dr. Pfenninger told me, is that he only composes about 10% of the time he is working. That doesn’t seem like much… But, isn’t composing the product/service? Well, yes, but the industry makes getting gigs and outlets for your music 10x harder than quality of composing. So even when composing is your primary profession, composing time does not suffice to my standards.

Most of the people that will be reading this won’t even have composing as their main profession, so how will you fit it in? Most certainly, composing will turn into a hobby, and it will have to be done during your free time. Most realistically, if you like to compose, and you have a full time job, composing will be pushed down on the priority list. It sucks, I know.

But, don’t stop. Fit it into your schedule. If it turns into your hobby, then embrace it, and do it so much that people think that it is your primary career. Think of it like this: the average American watches television when they come home from work… Instead of watching, buckle down and compose. Don’t think of it as a job, if it isn’t getting you money, but rather your relaxation time. Don’t stop, and keep being inspired.

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