This musician is open for business

 

GLUEKIT | HENRIQUE PLANTIKOW (FARLEY), ALAMY (STAPLER, MONKEY), TONY BARSON/FILMMAGIC/GETTY IMAGES (GOSLING).

GLUEKIT | HENRIQUE PLANTIKOW (FARLEY), ALAMY (STAPLER, MONKEY), TONY BARSON/FILMMAGIC/GETTY IMAGES (GOSLING).


 
When I read Brendan Klinkenberg’s review of Matt Farley’s recording process I thought: That’s the kind of self-motivation that I want my students to aspire to. Farley, a musician with a day job, is recording songs for everything imaginable, from staplers to celebrities, in the hopes that an online search result for something that doesn’t typically call up a song will result in an iTunes purchase. He records about 200 songs a month and made more than $27,000 in sales of his songs last year (which means he made more than minimum wage for his efforts).

If you want to quit your day job, this is the kind of dedication and commitment that will lead you to following your dreams.

 

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