When Eric Kang was in middle school, his music teacher told him that if he could imagine himself doing anything besides music, he should do that. Kang took the advice and entered Williams prepared to become a doctor. After helping direct the music for a play his freshman year, however, Kang’s love of music started to take over. His schedule went from one music class to two to three. “As I proceeded through college, I realized that music was becoming the only thing I wanted to do.”
When graduation rolled around, Kang abandoned his medical school aspirations and went to New York to try and make it as a musician. Five years later, he is hard at work on a number of fronts—directing shows, performing, teaching, and taking on a handful of odd jobs to help pay the bills. “I’m very blessed to be doing what I’m doing—I feel that way almost every day.”
I caught up with Kang in Midtown Manhattan to hear about his journey and learn about the ups and downs of life as a professional musician.