Last week the winners of our Hourly Gig competition, Erinn and Jude (a.k.a. The Darlins) flew to Richmond, Va., to collect their prize of opening up for country music superstars Montgomery Gentry. The music duo certainty blew us all away with their talent and passion to make it in the music business.
While they aren’t rocking out on stage, Erinn works for Macy’s and Jude for Sephora. We were able to sit down and talk to them before their big performance about how working an hourly job is helping them achieve their music dreams.
We asked both of them what advice they have for other musicians working hard to make it while working hard on the job. Check out some of the highlights below:
1) It’s not always easy - Being as committed to your hourly job as you are to your music career won’t always mesh all that well. But, you need to keep in mind your end goal and push as hard as you can to get the hours that you need to get paid while still putting in the hours to sharpen your talent. You know you’re a great musician, but the world needs to see it too. Erinn and Jude take music meetings during their lunch breaks at work, run to the restroom to tweet where their band will be playing that night and stash their instruments in the break room. It’s all about finding a balance that works for you and your employer.
2) Get your bills paid – There may be times that you want to throw in the towel with either your job or your music. But if you know in your heart that this is what makes you happy, keep at it. Working an hourly job keeps things flexible enough so that you can run out to a gig or open casting call. Be honest with your employer about why you need to change shifts or leave a little early. You may just be surprised about how supportive your boss and coworkers are! The Darlins told us that their supportive employers really help make all of this possible. Breaking in to the music industry usually doesn’t just happen overnight so you’ll want to keep up with your job so you can continue paying your bills and funding your music career.
3) Keep that energy up! - Erinn and Jude have both found themselves running off to a gig after working a 10 hour shift. For many of us, after we clock out the only thing we want to do is go home and relax. But, The Darlins push thoughts of Walking Dead re-runs out of their minds and will muster whatever energy they can find to put everything they have into their music. Whether it’s a practice, writing session or concert you’ll rarely find these girls on the couch waiting for their big break to come to them. They are going out and making it happen.
What passions are you pursuing while working an hourly job? Let us know below!