Could it be that high school guidance councilors are falling down on the job? Are they steering people away from good options?
Thursday my lovely wife and I drove over to Vermont to listen to the Patrick Ross Band. They are on all the streaming services. We’ve known Patrick and his wife Cindy for years. We went to their wedding. One winter they house sat for us. He’s making a decent living as a full time musician.
In fact, we’ve a number of friends making a full time living as musicians. Guidance councilors never tell someone to follow that career path. They also don’t tell people they can be artists or writers. However, I’m friends with at least a dozen people who make all or significant parts of their income from those professions.
We don’t live in a major arts city. Most of those creative people have backgrounds in blue collar towns. None of them are pampered trust fund people. None of them were told by guidance councilors to follow artistic careers. Good thing they follow their own passions.