The Le Tigre/MEN member JD Samson has an article up on the Huffington Post in which she talks about the financial difficulties faced by musicians in general and herself in particular: “I’m 33 years old and I can’t make coffee. I don’t know how to use Excel, or bartend, or wait tables, and I’m officially too old to join the police force. I’ve lost the confidence to go back to school and feel stressed out about impending debt when I think about further education for even one second.”
In that article, she talks about how she couldn’t get a crappy apartment in Williamsburg, how she’s spent too much money hanging out with successful/famous friends, and how she doesn’t have health insurance. Here’s the thing, though. She doesn’t consider the possibility of living in places other than Williamsburg, and she only barely addresses the idea that her own decisions could’ve played into her present circumstances. And while it’s true that other countries provide universal health care and subsidize musicians’ pursuits, it’s also true that you have to learn how to manage your own money. As someone who supports his family by writing about music (admittedly not the same thing as making it), I found the whole thing pretty risible. But what do you guys think?