So I'm going to be a senior next year and I have no fucking clue what I want to do. I've been playing the guitar since I was 8 and I think it's bullshit that my talent will most likely never support me in life. My parents don't realize how talented I am, they just tell me to turn it down. Its a investment of my time, wasted. I don't want an ordinary job, I cant work all day doing something I don't enjoy. I make good grades, mostly A's and B's and lately I've been behind on my work and a few of my grades are dropping, and I get lectured by parents, teachers, principle on how I don't try in school, and I just do enough to get by. They say I will regret it in the long run when Im trying to get in college and get a job. It kills me inside, I really just want to be like "Fuck you, I have more going for me than half of this school, it's not my fault talent is recognized" but of course, if I would of spent the time playing football instead of the guitar, I would be fucking set. My point. I don't want my talent to go to waste.
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Originally Posted By: FrankDMy point. I don't want my talent to go to waste. Then get your grades up again, go to college, and make something of yourself in music. Show your parents and your peers how far your talent can take you. There are many areas in music you can study in like theory, composition, business, recording, performing, and the list goes on. You can do it.
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If talent alone could get you a steady income, I'd be a chamillionaire. Hard work is where it's at, that's why I'm broke.
Sexpert is right, hard work is very important, more important than natural talent. Doing anything worthwhile will include a lot of horrible, hard, tedious toil; and even if you got where you are now without it, I'm afraid that it becomes increasingly necessary from here. Even in a dream job, there is a lot of boring hard work.Of course you should nurture your talents. You should be aware, though, that there are large numbers of other guys with guitars. If you are quite a lot better than average, with some work you can form a band and play some gigs as a hobby. To actually make enough money to live on, you need to be extremely good, and work hard, and, I think, be very lucky.I would suggest that anyone in a similar position should have a second string to his/her bow.I think it is very regrettable that people with sporting abilities get lionised and patted on the back and given college scholarships, while those with musical or artistic abilities aren't. Really, sports are in a similar position - if you're any good you can do it as a hobby, but to succeeed professionally you really need to be exceptional, and also push yourself hard.