Michael O'neal

251 – Side-Hustles: How to leverage your strengths to earn more money and play more gigs, with Michael O’Neal

It’s no secret that the days of making tons of money as a session or touring drummer are long gone, unless you’re in the 1% of drummers in the world. For the rest of us, we need to have multiple irons in fire if we want to make a career in music business. But, what if you don’t want to play music full-time but still want to have the flexibility and freedom to play as little or as much ad you’d like? Michael O’Neal (Solopreneur Hour) and I talk about the laundry list of ways that we all can leverage our strengths to create passive income, side hustles or day gigs that provide a salary but more importantly create freedom and location independence so you can concentrate on more important things, like drumming. 😉

Michael O’Neal talks about:

  • How he got into drumming
  • Leveraging his skills to create freedom to play drums whenever he wants to
  • Ideas we, as drummers, can do to generate more revenue
  • Much more

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