Though Music Profession is Full of Struggle, However, If you Love Music, You will be Happy – says Sagnik Samaddar

Sagnik Samaddar, (Music Teacher & Musician) | MentorClub.in
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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education

Recognition

Profile Details
Name – Sagnik Samaddar
Profession – Musician and Music Teacher
Organisation – Self-employed
Age – 20
CityKolkata
Work Experience (Years) – 5 Years
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/sagnik.samaddar

Please give us a summary of your Career.

I am pretty lucky when it comes to a job. The reason behind it is, I have always followed my passion and turned my passion into a profession. I am a musician and a freelance music teacher focusing on mostly piano/keyboards. I had my first professional show back in 2009 when I was just 11 years old, but at that moment I was not old enough to have a profession. My full-fledged involvement in making music started about 5 years back. At first, it was just going with my dad or my brother to their shows and perform with them, then gradually I started getting my own contacts and started doing it more independently. It started 5 years ago and I am still doing it to this day.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities as a Musician and Music Teacher.

I do not have a particular workday like other people. As a freelance worker, I have to work every day but I get to choose my working time how I see fit.
I am not a music teacher, who just works from home, rather most of the time, I have to go to my students’ places to teach, it’s a bit more time consuming but on the other hand, more rewarding.
On average I usually have 2 students each day to teach, so most of my afternoon/evening I spend that way.
The same goes for my shows, as most of the shows are in the evening, I get to have a lot of free time in the morning. Overall I have to work not more than 4-5 hours a day.


Average Income in this Profession in the current scenario

Starting out/Fresher – 0-2 Lakhs Per Annum
5 Years of Experience – 2-5 Lakhs Per Annum
10 Years of Experience – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
15 Years of Experience – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
20 or more Years of Experience – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
How do you rate the Income Potential in your career?3 Star Rating | MentorClub.in


Work-Life Balance

On an average, how many hours do you work per day?
Less than 7 hours
On an average, how many days in a week do you work?
All 7 days
How often are you required to work in night-shift?
Rarely
Does your work require you to travel?
Often
Does your work require you to relocate to different town/cities?
Never
How would you consider the job security in your profession?
Secure
Would you consider this Profession Risky?
Maybe

It depends. The taste in Music of different people is different, so one person can vouch for me to get the job done, but maybe someone else can say ” he is not worth it “. And to be honest, in this country, living your life by just doing music is always risky. But at the end of the day, it makes you happy knowing whatever you are doing, you are doing what you like. So, in the end, it’s worth living for.

Overall, how would you rate Work-Life Balance in your Profession?
5 Star Rating | MentorClub.in
Overall, how would you rate Job Stability of your Profession?3 Star Rating | MentorClub.in
What are the different ways of entering this profession?

Having a basic knowledge and training about what you are doing is very much needed, proper guidance is required. But most important of them all is – Practice!!


Work-Culture

How would you rate Stress-Level in your Profession?
As it should be
How would you rate your office/work infrastructure?
OK
How would you describe your co-workers?
OK
Generally speaking, your work is
Field Work
Overall, how would you rate Work-Culture in your Profession?4 Star Rating | MentorClub.in


Importance of Education in becoming a Musician/ Music Teacher

Would you say that Education from top School/College plays a major role in the success of this Profession?
No
What level of Education is sufficient to be successful as a Musician or Music Teacher?
Education not required
Would you say that Studious students are generally successful in this Profession as a Musician or Music Teacher?
You don’t have to be studious, you just need to have a well-functioning brain
How would you consider the Cost of Education post 12th?
Expensive
At present, which institutes are best for the education of this profession?

International – Berklee College of Music, Trinity College of Music etc.

Indian – Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music, KM Music Conservatory, True School of Music, Global Music Institute

What is the cost of education (post 12th) of this profession at present?

Minimum 2 to 3 lakhs for a 3 years course, depending on the course.

Overall, how would you rate the role of Education in your Profession?
3 Star Rating | MentorClub.in


According to you, what kind of person is likely to be Happy & Successful as a Musician/ Music Teacher?

First Personality Trait – Prefer working alone or in small groups and focus on a few tasks at a time
Second Personality Trait – Focus on possibilities and value innovation to come up with creative solutions to problems
Third Personality Trait – Prefer to make decisions using logic by weighing the pros and cons
Fourth Personality Trait – Prefer to keep the flexible plan and keep options open
Fifth Personality Trait – Prefer to seek new experiences and create new things
Sixth Personality Trait – Prefer to be self-disciplined and organized
Seventh Personality Trait – Prefer to be cooperative and compassionate
Eighth Personality Trait – His/Her Family and Friends agree that S/he is usually relaxed, calm and happy
Please provide details

When you are working as a solo artist, you have the freedom to do whatever you want. But when you are performing in an orchestra or with your band, you have to learn to mix with, them and to think alike. Or at least all the parties have to make a small sacrifice and find the middle ground. Otherwise, the harmony of the group will fall apart.
Other than that, a person whose materialistic expectations are lower than others, who don’t worry about how big their income is, or who knows how to appreciate someone else’ effort rather than judging them or getting jealous will be happy in this profession

What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to join your Profession?

1) Freedom – getting to choose your work, working hours, your appearance at the workplace by yourself is a bliss. Not living life under someone else’ constant orders is one of the biggest positives.
2) Stable Income – If you are a musician or a music teacher, you may or may not earn a lot, but whatever you earn, that income will be stable.
3) Making people happy – At the end of the day, when the regular workers (eg IT workers, Doctors, Businessmen etc.) go home and turn the radio on, or go to a pub to relax, your music can bring a smile to their faces, that’s their time-off from their stressful lives. To be able to make someone else happy by doing your job is pretty special.
4) Your Happiness – music doesn’t have to give you a lot of money or make you immensely popular, but as long as you know you are doing what you want, it will make you happy. That’s the biggest positive I believe.

What are some of the negatives that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career as a musician / Music Teacher?

1) Struggle – Although it comes with a lot of positives, there are also some negatives in taking music as a profession, and struggle is the biggest of them. Most of the musicians (or even artists of any form) find it hard at first to get their big break.
2) Depression – when the struggle doesn’t pay off, people in this profession tend to suffer from depression, because knowing you are good at something but not getting the due recognition is something no one wants.
3) Addiction to drugs and alcohol – the 3rd part of struggle and depression is the addiction to drugs and alcohol. Most musicians suffer from it, to cope with the depression, they start doing it.
4) Others – The risk of earning very little money, not having like-minded co-workers etc.


Recognition in your Profession

What is your family’s view of your Profession as a Musician and Music Teacher?
My Family is Neutral
What is Friends’ view of your Profession?
My Friends are Impressed
What is Society’s view of your Profession?
Society is Neutral
Overall, how would you rate the Recognition aspect of your Profession?4 Star Rating | MentorClub.in


General Information of your Profession/Business

What kind of family’s financial background can maximize success in this profession?
It Doesn’t Matter
What is the ease of starting own business in this field?
Very Easy
How easy is it to move to a different country in this profession?
Maybe Easy for Few
Now you have several years of work experience and you have seen professions of others. If you are taken back to 10th/12th class and allowed to pick a profession, then which profession will you pick and why?

I would pick music as my profession 100 times out of 100. It is the only thing that I am good at that. And it is the only thing I want to have as my profession. Making and teaching music makes me happy and gives me enormous pleasure to know that I have the power to spread music to the world

 


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