How I Succeed in the YouEconomy: Rocking Passion

Luke Marshall, 24, Freelance musician currently on tour

I started playing music…

At about 15 or 16. Things were starting to click for me musically, and I was playing around town quite a bit. I thought, Hey, doing this full time is actually possible, and I absolutely can’t see myself doing anything else. I remember always wanting to be a freelance player. I didn’t want to be in a band in the traditional sense or become an artist myself.

If I weren’t playing music…

I would have pursued a career in the military or in the medical field or maybe both. When I was a little kid, I wanted to be a Green Beret medic.

Playing music for a living is like…

Running my own small business. I need to be disciplined in setting my schedule to meet with people and create content even when I don’t have anything tangible on the books. Being on the road is easy; your schedule is decided for you. It’s the off time that can be challenging. However, that same challenge is a benefit. I am super flexible while off the road and can make time for other projects and family.

I’m fueled by…

The visceral, gut feeling I get when thinking about or performing music. It’s almost like a drug addiction. It satisfies my soul, but I still can’t get enough. On a more tangible level, I’m always excited to get to the next level of my career. I set certain milestones for myself, and it’s incredibly fulfilling to reach those.

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How I Succeed in The YouEconomy: Rocking Passion

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This article originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of SUCCESS magazine.

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Jesus Jimenez is the managing editor for SUCCESS magazine after working as social media coordinator and associate editor. He eats, breathes and sleeps Texas Rangers baseball. He also enjoys running, traveling and buying cool socks. 

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