I picked a few stories for this week’s arts report that highlighted the day jobs local artists hold, from waitressing to plumbing. A reader wrote to remind me that non-artistic side jobs aren’t the only way to make it.
“It IS possible to work full time as an artist in San Diego, and for some years I was one of the few singers who did that,” wrote Patricia Minton.
But it’s not easy, said Minton, now semi-retired and living part time in Palm Springs. She says most symphony players she knows are able to make a living by playing in the orchestra and from teaching private students. Some pick up a few other gigs in community orchestras or bands.
“Certainly if you are any kind of classical musician you have to pile up about half a dozen jobs to make one full-time living,” she said.
But for singers, the balance is trickier. I found Minton’s breakdown of how a singer makes it work interesting.