I’ve seen a pretty wide range of creative approaches to making a living or going into semi-retirement supported by music related actives, and a couple patterns that
setting up an entertaining Youtube/Social media presence (High difficulty, kind of a crap shoot).
Required Skills: Advanced guitar technique, videography, marketing/consistent comedic writing and skit development, networking ability, or just being famous already (Herman Li)
Examples: Bradley Hall, Stevie T, Jared Dines, Herman Li
An educational Social Media presence that includes offering Skype lessons (High difficulty, but seems to offer steady growth)
Required Skills: Elite level guitar technique, marketing, videography, pedagogy
Examples: Troy Grady, Rick Graham, Justin Hombach, Cesario Fhilo, Bernth(?) plenty of others
Writing and licensing out a lot of various short pieces for shows and games (potentially lower difficulty, high volume and a bit of a crap shoot also - trying to get as many pieces out and licensed/registered to the DBs that get tapped by studios and hope you get lucky)
Obviously more traditional ways exist - local music teacher, gigging (especially successful cover band folks), getting lucky/getting connected and your band blows up enough to support you.
Wondering if anyone here has any thoughts on approaches that make sense here, or any insight on just how difficult some of these are.
In my ideal world, I would like to manage to progress along with 2) - I have a number of ideas for how to go about that and have on paper a couple ways to get a head start. Would be very interesting to hear from anyone who has tried the digital teaching route and tried to develop a presence to help drive traffic for that.