Frequently, I speak to musicians who are doing much more than just playing in order to earn a living. A lot of them are teaching, composing, or working day jobs just to keep the income coming in. Don’t get me wrong, there are many that for whom teaching is a passion, and it’s more of a career to them than playing. But there are also many that see their teaching gigs as a ‘necessary evil’ just to keep a paycheck coming in. A lot of musicians turn to ship gigs because they’re tired of the rat race. Tired of bratty kids or tired of the 9 to 5. It’s definitely not for everyone. Not everyone’s personal situation allows the flexibility to get out of town for 6 months at a time, but for those that are able, the chance to play every day in a professional setting is the opportunity that they’ve been waiting for.