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Your material successes have more to do with luck than the number of tasks you complete and how optimally you have arranged your life.

So it's important to maximize your odds of luck by meeting new people and increasing your audience, sure, but also

If you don't have the luck and you don't make it how you thought or you can't pay the bills with your non-day-job work, will you be happy if it doesn't happen? If not, you're probably going too hard

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I am like, an impossible hypocrite in terms of this shit. Oh, I know.

But also workaholism is eating my life and somehow I'm poorer both financially and personally and YOU WOULD THINK.

THAT WORKING MORE.

WOULD FIX AT LEAST ONE OF THOSE

BUT YOU'D BE WRONG.

Everything gets more expensive when you're at the edge of burnout. Missed bills, overdrawn bank accounts, accruing credit cards, takeout bills; it all adds up to a shitty, stressful life.

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So maybe don't...do what I'm doing, and what I'm continuing to do.

I'm going to take some painkillers and nap a half an hour or whatever, and then I'm going back to grinding because even if **gestures** everything **gestures** isn't my fault, I'm addicted to feeling that I'm doing my absolute maximum all the time, and the alternative, that I broadly have no control, feels like opening the door to depression again.

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@Ratttz there's a lot we could say here about this, including from a shit-ton of personal experience, but suffice to say: 100% felt and so been there, including now.

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@poiseunderchaos We don't need easy answers, just solidarity, and the urge to make sure I'm never presenting all of **this** as part of some sort of glamorous and heroic martyrdom others should ever aspire to.

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@Ratttz Completely agree.

One of the things we struggle with a lot is that the general demand to produce, distribute and promote your own work seems increasingly more intense, and at a faster pace. having more honed/experienced skills can help with that, but as we're sure you know, that's not a panacea, either.

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@Ratttz As such, staying *right* on top of "will you be happy if it doesn't happen?" (at a minimum) is really important, because otherwise, that'll burn someone out quick. Us included.

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@poiseunderchaos I follow the business of various indie musicians pretty closely and it really looks like the commission lyfe in tv, film, and industrial beatzz is shrinking, and the musicians in those fields are increasingly moving to social media, video platforms, and releasing albums on bandcamp...

Basically it looks like the way independent musicians are "making it" now is one-stop multimedia content farms and uggghhghhghhg

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@poiseunderchaos And I'm reasonably certain that the music is just worse for it. A solid half of Andrew Huang's Alabaster is just filler, and that's broadly a compilation of his broadcast work from the past three years? Eesh.

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@Ratttz i 100% can't deal with that kind of thing. it's pushing things towards people just cramming out content in order to inch their way towards being "influencers", not musicians

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@Ratttz which also makes some of us feel like "😬 what are we going to do" at times, but mostly we ignore all that and focus on the work instead.

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@poiseunderchaos I mean, in a very narrow sense, I like the reach and the fact that my audience is sometimes as always available as I choose to be, and the random bits and bobs that sorta fall out of the workshop have a place in my oeuvre.

I think if our shared material existence wasn't hideous, we wouldn't be looking to monopolize the parasocial attention of our audiences; it isn't *just* the existence of that whole life.

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@Ratttz I feel like that the things that are of benefit from the current situation (largely as you noted), are eclipsed by how horrible things are.

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