Job and income security in the modern world is becoming harder to achieve, unless I guess you’re a medical worker, technical engineer, or lawyer the lack of continuity of employment can be stressful.
Unemployment amongst young people in Europe is very high, many overqualified for the available work. There was an article in the Telegraph Online titled “ ‘New Deal’ to tackle Europe’s mass youth unemployment” that says that almost 1 in 4 young people in the Eurozone is out of work. The best employment rates for younger people are in Germany so I guess I best keep up with my German Lieder practice.
A music career is only possible if people want to pay to hear you sing or to watch you perform. I wonder what percentages of musicians, specifically vocalists, get to work continuously. If it’s around 20%, how do you ensure that you’re in that 20%? I need to showcase my work and make opportunities for myself in order to help to fund my studies and develop a platform from which to promote myself from in the future.
Whilst discussing this topic with my Mum she sent me a link to an article on the Guardian website which I would also like to share with you titled “In the digital economy, we’ll soon all be working for free – and I refuse” by Suzanne Moore. Within the piece Larnier, a computer scientist and musician, sees musicians, artists and journalists as canaries in the mineshaft of this new economy. Who will pay them?
The final comment says “Technology is here and it’s often great. But we must find a sustainable way of using it so that the stuff we do or make is paid for in living and not virtual wages”.
It’s a good thing I’ve heard that singing may positively influence the immune system through the reduction in stress. 🙂