Being a professional drummer means
acting like a professional even if you're not yet. I'm sure
most pro drummers did something of a crap job before they could pay rent
unless they had rich girlfriends..... so you have to have priorities.
Forget going out to dinner & expensive vacations - your money goes
to drums & equipment,
lessons, your time goes to drumming, gigs, rehearsals, more practice.
If you don't really love
thatyou don't really want to be a pro drummer. Maybe people say
they want to be probut they
don't enjoy the actual work involved....
And FORGET DRUGS ! ! ! They zap your
money, your focus, your time , your life.. Dedicate to your
music, try to be a people person, playing as often as possible with as
many different people as
possible, go out to see other bands, and you WILL
have some type of success - if nothing else,
you will have the TRUE success of playing
drums often, being the best musician you can.
I have toured, gigged, recorded, etc., and for short time periods made
my entire income drumming,
But I make little money drumming now. I have a few records currently
in production, and I have a few
bands starting to get out there, working the web & email. I get paid
to rehearse with one band, and I
will be paid to record with another soon. I love looking at the collection
of CDs, LPs, & 7" singles that
I drum on. If I don't get rich off this, & have to keep my day job,
I will still be proud of the success I've
had. So keep practicing as much as you can. Don't feel you have to do
5 to 6 hours a day
1 minimum is a good start. Your dream may come true.
I'm 39& I love drumming now MORE THAN I DID
AT 20 ! ! ! !
So don't think it is sad that you 'couldn't make your dream come true'.
Your drumming career is just starting ! And if you 'have to' work a
day job yeah, you have less time - but more $$ for better drums!
You are always at a new threshold in terms of finding
your talent. You will only get better if you keep
at it !