A musician is an instrumentalist, singer or composer who creates and/or performs music. This can be recorded in a studio or performed live, either as a soloist or in a group of musicians. It may involve working as a salaried member of a group or could be in the form of freelance work for several organisations.
Musicians usually specialise in a particular type of music although many now branch out into different genres and work in more than one area of the profession. This is called a portfolio career. The job requires high levels of skill, expertise and dedication, especially since competition to work in this field is high. Most musicians do their job as they have a passion for music and a strong desire to perform.