Another 'Exception'? Jonathan Coulton Making Half A Million A Year With No Record Label
from the and-on-and-on-and-on dept
Coulton is an interesting case for a variety of reasons. He tried to become a professional musician 20 years ago, but was unable to make it work. It's only through the power of the internet that he was able to become a success this time around. This is a point that gets missed quite frequently in these discussions. Part of what's so exciting to many of us about the world today is that those who wouldn't have been able to become professional musicians at all in the past now have an opportunity to do so. Yes, plenty will fail, but under the old system, almost everyone failed. Today, a much larger percentage of people wishing to be musicians can find their community, can find their niche and they can make pretty good money doing so. As Coulton notes:
Coulton says sure, he's niche. But there are a lot of niches out there for others to find, with more forming all the time. After all, he says, that's what the Internet is.