With the traditional model of music, a musicians is trained through the academy or the conservatory, graduates, and perhaps pursues more training. At some point, they start to audition for orchestras, bands, and other ensembles. Ideally, they win a spot somewhere. And then they perhaps settle down.
Musical entrepreneurs go a different way. Instead of joining something that already exists (which they still probably do to pay the bills), we notice problems and opportunities in the ecosystem. Redundancies, frustrations, new repertoire. Different people. We take the old and do something new with it. We go against the advice of most of their friends to “just get a quiet job somewhere.” Instead, we move against the grain at strategically chosen moments. We build. We help. We solve. We evolve. We force others to move into the future. We do it because we see that possibility when no one else does. Maybe we’re crazy, but we trust our craziness because it tells us there’s a better way. What is your craziness telling you?