Anthony Stauffer has posted an interesting article about how he has arrived at playing music for a hobby instead of as a career. After trying to become a rock star for over 10 years, he had to be honest with himself:
This simple truth created a situation where I resented having to do the very things that were necessary to put me in a position to do what I though I loved. I thought I wanted to travel the world playing music on stages in front of thousands of people. But I hated packing up all my gear to go play a show for 50 people. And even more, I hated packing up all my stuff at odd hours of the morning, and taking it back home. I simply wanted to get on stage and play, and that’s it.
It’s easy to romanticize what it must be like to be a rock star, but, as Anthony points out, making it as a musician requires much more than playing music.