This is for anyone working in the field to answer.
I want to know how you got started, what challenges and pitfalls you encountered and how you dealt with them. I want to know what you do first thing in the morning, what kind of income you have and how long you expect to work in the field. I also want to know how much time you are able to devote to outside interests.
I’m 21 years old, and headed into my second year of university for neuroscience. My field of study is really cool, and I enjoy learning about brains and biology and the wonders of creation, but I’m not really sure what I’d ever DO with the knowledge. I’ve yet to talk to anyone or read anything that sparks my industry as well as my imagination. On the other hand, music has long been a passion in my life. For almost as long as I’ve loved science (but maybe not quite as long - thanks Ms. Frizzle) I’ve loved playing music.
I’ve studied music for 10 years now, primarily percussion, and about 4 years ago started to get interested in ‘computer music’ with GNU/Linux. A few fateful hardware purchase has me (somewhat comfortably) relegated to Macintosh land, but Ardour and some promising applications draw me back to my earlier love of GNU.
So what am I to do with this connundrum? drop out of school after only a year, much to the certain chagrin of my mom? To what end? Should I seek out a program such as International Academy of Design and Technology of Trebas Institute? How do organizations like the CBC choose who to hire? What does it take to open a working (and profitable) recording studio?
I welcome all advice.