I'm boring. I started playing guitar at 10. Got really into it and started a band with two friends of mine. We played for 5 years together before we gigged. After that, it's like everything just went crazy. I was giving lessons, repairing equipment, gigging, and doing recording work. Most of that recording was helping people out with demos at studios.
We actually got a pretty big following, pretty much through people. At one point, I was indulging in just about anything I could get my hands on. After a while though, I realized what that was doing to my guitar playing. So I quit because I didn't want anything interfering with my guitar playing. When I graduated high school, I wanted to get my performance degree, so I sold a lot of my gear figuring I could always buy more nice stuff when I graduated. And it payed for a lot of my schooling.
But I ended up dropping out of college when I had a son. So now I work at Wal Mart. I beat my hands up a lot which is a big concern for me. I'm really trying to get back into school. I know that the reality of making money in a band is small, but I could teach and do other guitar related stuff. So that's where I am now. I'm still looking for bandmates to no avail.
I realize that everything I've done has been by my own hand, so no reason to be mad about it. There's still time to do something. I really only know about guitar related stuff. So who knows what's going to happen.
I finally got back into school after two years. Financial Aid is a pain in the ass. So hopefully I'll have my Bachelor's degree in Music in two years in addition to an Associate's in Business Admin. I'm actually going to be auditioning for Berklee next year though, so I might just end up with the Admin. But for me, to achieve what I want, I want to go to Berklee and get a degree. I've pretty well given up on the whole band thing. Sure, it was fun, but it was my friends I was with. We got along, we made music, we didn't fight. Now it seems like it's "my band" to one person or everyone is arguing. I don't want high school drama. I left that behind 6 years ago. I figure I like playing, I enjoy teaching, and I like fixing stuff so why not get my degrees in music so I can pursue that instead of chasing a dream I'll never catch. Teaching at least is tangible, I can do that. But getting in a band enough to make money just isn't happening. I got myself out of that delusion too.