When it comes to separating the wheat from the chaff and the difference between a professional and an amateur, an artist's ability to buckle down, persevere, and overcome obstacles can make the difference between success and failure in a difficult industry. Here we look at the art of "showing up". But showing up also boils down to taking your art seriously, day in and day out. This means showing up early and prepared for gigs, networking when opportunity knocks, and honing your skills. Show up in support of your art every day, and put your money where your mouth is. The pro understands that work comes before accolades, and buckles down to the business at hand.
Confessions of an amateur musician
Confessions of an amateur musician | Classical MPR
At 53, I am ridiculously — to be honest, pathetically — devoted to learning the clarinet. While most people my age are discovering the joys of gardening, genealogy, or golf, I spend too much time and money on a hobby that makes no sense. I haven't always been this enthusiastic about music, either. Years ago, like many other high school students, I played in my school band — I even have a nice white sweater with a gold "S" for Spring Woods High School affixed to the pocket to prove it, a sweater I've saved throughout the years, despite many cross-country moves. Please note, however, that I make no claim to have actually played in the marching band.
Professional vs Amateur Musician: The Art of Showing Up
Strictly speaking, a "professional" is someone who gets paid for their work. Well, not really. I've heard it said that "an amateur is someone who practices until they get it right, but a professional practices until they can't get it wrong. Charlie Parker made mistakes. Vladimir Horowitz made mistakes.
Image via pixabay. Being a pro — or not — doesn't depend on how many shows you perform a year, how much money you earn, or even how talented you are. It is percent one thing: mindset. I've played with amateur musicians who had the heart of a pro and vice versa.