Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Music & Performing Arts


Music Recording Technology

First Advisor

Lanier Sammons


This paper will discuss various aspects of life as a career musician and the challenges faced while working in this field. It will refer to different levels of fame and how certain challenges are present within those levels. Oftentimes the general public is not aware of the degree to which musicians face stress from their line of work. Conflict with bandmates, record labels, and sometimes the public often compound other issues musicians are already dealing with. The pressures of touring and low income can be emotionally draining for many. On top of all that, there is a culture of partying that accompanies the life as a musician, which often leads to addiction and substance abuse. These challenges frequently lead to, result from, or worsen mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Those that have a higher amount of fame also face these hardships while the public is watching, adding to the pressure. Although many musicians find their career choice to be very rewarding and fulfilling, it is by no means an easy, effortless profession.