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The peaks and troughs of freelance life…
The struggles of being a freelance songwriter/musician haunt me daily. Although these problems are also the root of my creativity, they can quickly turn life into a bit of a roller-coaster.
A 24 hour day (as for everyone) seems too short when your life involves combining your freelance profession with trying to survive in London. Expressions like ‘cash in hand’ and ‘I’m still waiting to get paid’ are part of my daily vocabulary. Although being freelance has its advantages, the shadow of boredom comes hand in hand with the lack of work, and that’s when the need to take multiple odd jobs kicks in. There is no pleasure in having to do things that seem so distant from our aims and goals, but there’s always an opportunity to learn and if nothing else you reinforce the idea that your profession is the right one for you.
When activities have slowed down and there is finally some time to find new work opportunities, other obstacles come knocking. Rejection, not only from professionals but also from those close by, can be a hard thing to process and understand, especially when physical exhaustion of days without much sleep hits like a storm. Not all our peers are always there to back us up or support our cause, but that’s okay, because the point of being a freelance musician is to use those experiences and feelings and generate something from there.
It is not all doom and gloom in my musical world. Although most of my income goes towards my music (studio time, instruments, new projects, and fine, a few gigs here and there) I live a happy life with no regrets. Fortunately, there is always a group of creative people closeby who enjoy and support what I do. It’s just a matter of jumping out of one’s comfort zone and exploring what the world has to offer. After all you’re Freelance..
By Maria-Itziar Atorrasagasti
Check Maria out here: www.soundcloud.com/dylan-moonshine-1