chien buggle wrote:Philip glass drove a taxi till he was 40.
And much more than that. He loaded trucks, did moving jobs, and also did plumbing work. He used his skills working with lead to help Richard Serra with his sculptures.
I highly recommend his book "Words Without Music." It tells the story of how he pursued his craft and did not let anything stop him.
By the way, he worked as a taxi driver because it gave him the freedom to go on tour and come back and keep working. You just went to the dispatcher and threw in your hack license and got a car. When asked once where he had been, he told the dispatcher his mom had been sick. I believe the reply was "Yeah, yeah, sure, whatever, Glass."