From the Editor’s Desk: Not in it for the money
I’ve had the privilege of working as a journalist and performing as an active musician for just about the same amount of time – 23 years.
Being a journalist and a musician hasn’t made me much money, but I’ve never cared. Enjoying what I do has always been my priority. As I approach my 44th birthday this month, I have had a few passing thoughts of, “Man, I wish I made more money.”
However, as I scroll through memories and experiences from my jobs, not to mention the flexibility I’ve been afforded all these years, that’s plenty of compensation.
And I’d go crazy without music in my life. Anytime I’m paid for a gig, it’s just a bonus for doing what I already thoroughly love.
I recently met a like-minded individual in the likes of rock ‘n’ roll photographer Larry Hulst (page 4). He’s made a little money here and there through his concert photography, but that’s not why he’s done it. It was about the music and fun for him. A few bucks here and there were just a bonus.
Even today, if someone takes an interest in one of his photos, Hulst is quick to sell that person a print at a very reasonable price. The man who has shot the likes of The Who, Led Zeppelin, Elton John and Jimi Hendrix, will still go to local concerts and shoot local bands for a mere $40. It’s not the money. It’s the experience.
When I’ve been a guest speaker at high school and college journalism classes, I’ve always preached the same thing: Forget what a job pays. If you truly enjoy the work, that’s all that matters. I still stand by that today.