*This story may or may not relate to me or anybody else, but it will relate to the growing trend of fatigue from recent graduates working their way into the music industry.
Joey graduated from a school specializing in music and production. He got a full entertainment business degree from the school, and came out with aspirations of running his own business and making a lot of money while helping artists get what they need. He waited a month after graduation and got a great internship from an indie label, but it was non-paid. Joey loved the job but he needed to pay rent. He believes that to become rich you have to have that mindset that you will get it eventually, so Joey is a few thousand in debt, not counting the loans piling up and rent that is being paid right before late fee’s apply. He refuses to go back home on the far west coast, because of the fact that he knows if he does, than his music dreams will die and he will go back to the same things he did before he moved to the place he is at now.
The school he went to lead him on with big dreams of making it with a few teachers showing that it is not that easy. Now Joey also has a non music job with the music internship and that job is fatiguing him worse to the point where paying the rent and bills is all that matters. Music is slipping from Joey’s mindset when that was all that was on his mind. Its the limbo of a graduate, and what to do now? The internship is great, but the job pays the bills. If he doesn’t pay the bills, and he moves back home, then music and jobs will not be the only thing he has to worry about.
So I do not know if this story relates to most graduates, or if it relates to anybody. Limbo happens to most after graduation, but its about the motivation and passion of the person to keep going or fall. Some fall worse than others, and some have backup plans. Joey’s one passion is music, but with bills to pay Joey is becoming passionless. Priorities are becoming less and less a priority in the fact the priority list is now skewed. Has the music industry become so fucked right now that with so many opportunities there is almost none that are open? What will Joey do when the day job takes over his passion as it does to so many?
To be continued...
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