Risk-Taking and the Art of Commitment

On tour in Italy.

On tour in Italy.

Keith Buckley from Every Time I Die has a hilarious advice column and a couple weeks ago he gave his take on the age old question - Should I Quit My Job and Go on Tour? 

I often get asked this question by both musicians and aspiring crew members alike, and the only answer I can really give is based on my own experiences. After university and a lot of hustling, I ended up with a great job in the music industry, one which I was happy and fulfilled and mentored at for years. But my goal was always touring, and one day I made the leap. My boss asked if I was taking a month off for the tour or quitting, and I made the decision that I had to quit. Nothing is more motivating than not having a job and having bills looming over your head, and that extra pressure when I returned home after that first tour made me do everything I could to get the next gig. Don't get me wrong, it was a rough few years but I managed to make it work.

So I guess my advice would be this: without risk there is no reward but set yourself up to succeed. I didn't simply just quit my job and hope for the best. While working full-time in the industry, I worked hard to learn everything, make connections, go to shows and festivals, meet managers and agents, aggressively pay down my school debt, and save money for the slow times. Your talent and desire are not enough - no one will give you anything, you have to work hard and earn it.

Now go out there and follow your dreams.