While music is indeed a form of expressing one’s feelings, almost as if it was a language, there is another language that came from music as it’s melodies and rythm made their way into the body. The human body reacts to these sounds and rythm, and moves.

History teaches us that dancing was used or performed for many different reasons, but we are lead to believe that at first, dancing was used as a tool to comunicate with other people, which makes perfect sense due to the fact that before any language was spoken, people had to comunicate in some way, and dancing was one of them. There is also the fact that today, people who have good dancing skills, are usually very comfortable in social gatherings.

Of course, besides comunicating, it also helps with bonding, as it’s usually tied to celebrations, rituals and many other positive ocasions. Dancing was a very important part of rituals for Egyptians, Africans and Indians which involved a deep understanding about what was going on, meaning that dancing was not just a little thing, it had meaning.

Another use of dancing was for rituals, more specifically healing rituals.

Dancing as a Job

In an interview from with Ksyn Cason, a professional dancer, she gives some insight into the life of a person that lives from dancing.

What do you like about what you do?

There isn’t one specific thing that I like about what I do. All I can say is that I love it as a whole. I love performing, so definitely one thing would have to be when I am on stage in front of thousands of people. It gives me the ultimate rush. I also love the traveling. I have been all over the world, Europe, Africa, Australia, South America, Japan and still have so many places that I have yet to go. Lastly, I would have to say that I love what I do. It brings me joy to be able to tell people that I am actually living my dream. It is a blessing.

What is a common misconception people have about what you do?

A common misconception that people have about dancers would be that dance is a hobby and not an actual career. Just because it isn’t your everyday 9am – 5pm doesn’t mean that it is not a job. Our schedules are more like having a retail job. One day we can have rehearsals from 10am – 6pm and the next day be in rehearsal for 12 hours. The times when we are not getting paid to work we are training, so technically we are always working.  We get paid just like a person with a “regular” job, just not every week or bi weekly (Most agencies/clients have payment time frames outlined in their contracts which can range from 30 – 90 days). It’s just annoying when people do no take what we do for being an actual job. However, it is not necessarily a job that everyone will be successful in. Few people people make it so that is one thing that you must always keep in mind.

Benefits of Dancing

Dancing can be a job or it can be something you do for fun, but whether it’s one or the other, there are a few benefits we can enjoy from it.

It’s important to say that dancing is very beneficial when it comes to your health as it helps preventing heart and blood vessel diseases, and it also improves posture, a healthy weight, reduces stress and tension and it’s an exercise for your brain as there is some coordination and rythm to follow.

This last benefit is also a very interesting part for musicians, because dancing can actually improve the way you make music or even enjoy it more. There is something about your body letting loose and feel in sync with the music, not just playing but enjoying as if you were both the performer and the audience. On stage in many genres, this is one of the best ways to communicate with the audience, just like history has shown us, dancing helps develop a stronger connection.

So even if you are not a good dancer or you feel like it’s just not your thing, try at least to let loose a little and just think about the music.

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If you chose to study music or just live your life with music as your main goal, chances are you made the choice because you love music, however the question about whether or not it can give you a good job and a stable income, will come from many people around you, yourself included.

As a way to ease that little voice in your head telling you it’s very hard to have a good job through music, here are some examples of career paths in music.


Being a composer can lead you to many different paths when it comes to a job, as it’s not just about music itself, there are so many areas in entertainment and media that needs new original music such as movies, TV shows, videogames, commercials and platforms such as YouTube.

Of course one of the most common dreams is to be a composer and get recognition for your music alone, but this is the hardest path between all of these options, not just because of the fact that it’s harder to get an audience, but there is a lot of investment involved in order to get your product out there, so as a job, being a succesful artist/composer is the most risky.

On the other hand, to compose music for a film or a videogame, means that you just have to do that, make music and give your music so that the full artistic process can be done.


Session Musician

If you love to play music but you don’t want to be a composer, that is also one of the most common jobs, or even if you do compose, it’s a great side job.

Music Producer/Recording Engineer

These types of jobs may be the ones that require a more broad kind of knowledge. Being a producer or a recording engineer it’s not just about being a musician, but having a good understanding about the commercial side of things and in case of recording, a good amount of skills with mixing, editing, and knowing how to use the latest technologies required in music production.

So to summarize, these jobs requires, creativity, music knowledge, commercial knowledge, and being able to use the softwares and technology necessary for music making.

Music Teacher

This is a job that some people think it’s reserved for failed musicians, but that couldn’t be further away from the truth.

The thing about being a teacher is that you are not just teaching, you are also learning from the students, and it’s not as if you need to be at least 60 years old to be a music teacher. While still finding yourself as a musician, being a music teacher is a good experience to have.

Mistakes When Looking for a Job

Keith Hatschek, author of “How to Get a Job in the Music Industry” was asked in an interview with Berklee Online, about the mistakes musicians make when looking for a job, he says:

One common mistake I hear about when I coach young professionals is holding out for their “dream job” rather than taking a position at a company or in a role that they don’t see as their top choice. Since the music industry is intrinsically built on relationships, staying out of the game instead of diving in and starting to build a solid reputation as a reliable contributor is a classic mistake. Take the first decent offer at a company that is reputable and build your network from day one. The opportunities to move toward your dream career will come with time.

Another is to mistakenly believe that by spending most of the job hunt on the computer and applying for jobs and internships, you are making your best effort. Getting out and pressing the flesh (shaking hands and meeting people) is exponentially more effective than simply applying for jobs online. I would recommend that job seekers spend roughly 50% of their time in the field (you’re going to need a business card!), meeting people, attending or volunteering at industry events and securing informational interviews; about 30% researching and applying for positions; and the remaining 20% continuing to enhance and expand their skill set.

Weak in HTML? Take a coding class online. Need to brush up on how to best leverage YouTube? Spend a week with the YouTube Creator’s Playbook and then do a video project using your new knowledge to demonstrate proficiency. The industry is moving ahead very quickly, and you need to keep enhancing your skills.

The dream job will naturally come if you keep surrounding yourself with music and work hard towards it, just remember to have an open mind when it comes to jobs.



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