It’s mistake to think you’re going to make a living being a session musician (in the traditional sense). The world is simply different compared to the studio heyday of the 70s and 80s. I was talking to Lee Ritenour about this recently. Lee was a 1st-call studio guitarist. Guess how many sessions he was booking per week…18!
That’s 1,000s of sessions over the years. Now that’s a living!
Even if you were a B or C player and could get 5-8 sessions per week you could make somewhat of a living. But those days are gone. Almost no one is exclusively a session musician anymore. There are still sessions happening in major studios, but the world has largely changed to favor home studios.
I think it’s important that we don’t become romantic about the way it used to be and accept the way the world operates today. I believe it’s an incredible era to be a musician if we realize we have the opportunity to approach the business differently. I’m still finding my way, but I recognize my path (and probably yours) will look drastically different than the previous generation.