This is probably off topic from the original post, and first, let me apologize for my first "rant." But as a professional musician, this is exactly the stereotype that bothers me. Being a musician is a job, just like anything else. Every job has it's positives and negatives. What bothers me the most about the "musician job" stereotype is that most people don't see it as a "real job." Musicians are sometimes viewed as slackers, free-spirits, and even "pan-handlers." Music performance is viewed as entertainment, which is essentially the same as "play-time" for the average joe. In terms of the "work involved" to become a professional musician consider this: 1. Practice time. It takes a dedicated person decades of practing several hours *every* day to reach a level of proficiency needed to be a successful professsional musician. What other "job" requires this much study, time and investment? 2. Job Applications. Most professional musicians have taken dozens of auditions and have sent their resume to many different places. It can cost a person up to $500 for every audition or job interview they take. Meaning, after 10 auditions/interviews a person has spend $5K in just the interview process! What other job is like that? Heck, some companies will even pay prospective employees to come out visit them for a job interview. 3. Competition. The competition is so fierce that typically 100 people show up to the interview for 1 job. Again, how is this like any "regular job" interview process? 4. Maintenence/Professional Development. Once you finally land a coveted job as a professional musician, all the work that got you the job doesn't stop. You still have to maintain your high level of musicianship through practicing. In addition, most professional musicians have a minmum of a masters degree. 5. There are many other things I've left off the list, like paying for school, self-promotion/marketing, or any other "self-employment" costs. While being a professional musician clearly isn't the same as "crunching numbers", it's a still a job, and it still requires "work" just like any other "regular job"...in some sense, maybe more. So, the next time someone calls being a professional musician "easy" or "not a real job"...take the time to inform them.