Musician Skills Valuable to Businesses2 min read

I’m currently in a career transition. My primary employer just had a 10% reduction in the workforce and I was one of the employees let go.

I could speculate why and question my managers, but they were just as surprised as I was. Nonetheless, I have looked at the situation as a learning experience with the potential to discover career opportunities that I may not have considered before or had the time to put the effort towards.

The question I find myself asking now that my income has decreased dramatically is how to be valuable to the market. By being valuable to a lot of people I can exchange my value for money. More value = more money.

What are my skills?

Well, I play music. My next question was, what musician skills are valuable to businesses?

Personally, musical ability feels like the antithesis of business ability. However, I read several startup success stories written by solopreneurs and notice several of them have musical skills. Many of them play guitar, like me.

What is it about founders knowing how to play a musical instrument? So I asked ChatGPT

I’m a musician. What skills do musicians possess that could be valuable to businesses?

Answer from ChatGPT:

As a musician, you possess a wide range of skills that could be valuable to businesses, including:

  1. Collaboration: Musicians often work together in groups, bands, or orchestras, and have developed strong collaboration and communication skills. These skills could be valuable in team-based projects in a business environment.
  2. Creativity: Musicians are inherently creative and can use their creative problem-solving skills to generate new ideas and innovate in the workplace.
  3. Adaptability: Musicians are accustomed to performing in different settings and adapting to various situations, which is a valuable skill in a business context where change is constant.
  4. Attention to detail: Musicians must pay attention to the smallest details in their music, such as pitch and rhythm. This attention to detail can translate into a strong work ethic and a meticulous approach to tasks.
  5. Discipline: Practicing an instrument requires discipline and dedication, which can also be applied to a work setting to achieve long-term goals.
  6. Performance skills: Musicians are often comfortable performing in front of large audiences and can use these skills to deliver presentations or public speaking in a business environment.

Overall, the skills and traits that musicians possess can translate well into many business contexts, making them valuable assets to any team.

It’s a game of Matchmaking

I believe finding income streams is highly situational and I am on a search to discover how my particular skills can serve the market in the best way possible. My search feels like a match-making game.

With patience and determination, I can find the right markets that assign high value to my skills.

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