QUOTE(Tassimo @ Jun 13 2011, 03:08 PM)
QUOTE(katyjay @ Jun 13 2011, 02:49 PM)
As you're currently at grade 3 violin (if I recall correctly) I think your priorities have to be to continue your studies to improve your playing ability, and build as much performing experience in the amateur context as you can.
Thanks for your points Katyjay, it's good to hear of experiences, which is what I was after. As for me wanting to play professionally....I don't think that I said that I wanted to play professionally. I was just curious
as to how mature members had found the professional. I don't have the ability to play professionally and nor would I want to....I am more than happy with my career choice.
Again, I reiterate, I am interested in the experience of others.
So why are you asking about how you can gain opportunities to play as a professional if you have no interest in doing this?
I'm sure that what you're asking makes perfect sense to you inside your head, but I'm not convinced it's coming across on here as you intend...
As a grade 3 violinist, you are very unlikely to obtain any professional engagements - regardless of how old/young you are (and I don't count a 2-year-old appearing on a US talent/freak show as a professional engagement...). You might
be asked to play a little bit of music on a voluntary basis for something like a church or village flower show, but it's very unlikely that you would be paid for doing this. They would probably be giving you more in terms of the performance opportunity and experience than you would be giving them in terms of quality of music.
Regardless of age, the only way of progressing to be a professional is through building up your skills and experience together and making the most of the opportunities which are available to you during this journey. If someone, for whatever reason, is unwilling to be involved in any 'amateur' events then they will find it much harder to develop the skills and experience required for a professional career. This is the same whether you're 16, 46 or 76.
In my experience, what most people do is take advantage of any opportunties which are available to them. I am a regular church musician on my main instrument (flute) but this is voluntary. With the exception of organists, church musicians are very rarely paid. Sometimes (but by no means always) we will receive a donation for playing at a Wedding or other function, but this is money which goes on things like equipment. We don't receive any money as individuals. I play regularly in a local orchestra and again this is unpaid (and has professional standard players who are also unpaid). I also go to some of the forum events (which I would highly recommend, even though you seem to be turning your nose up at them for some reason).
Unless you get a job with a leading orchestra that pays you enough money to live off, the boundary between amateur and professional is rather blurred. Some of the people I regularly play with also get occasional (and sometime regular) paid engagements, but they piece their income together from a variety of jobs. Is the person who plays in amateur groups but also gets professional engagements an amateur or a professional? Does the instrumental teacher who sometimes plays in voluntary (unpaid) recitals or regularly plays in an amateur orchestra play in these events as an amateur or as a professional? The boundaries aren't clear cut...