Originally Posted by String Tree
Do stupid s^&* with drugs and booze. Yeah, it was funny when I was your age. But things are different now. Cops don't have a sense of humor any more. One wrong move on your part will follow you the rest of your life.
I don't think there was a golden era for drugs somehow. Try telling John Sinclair and Roky Erickson that they lived in a time when cops 'had a sense of humour'. They probably had an ounce of weed between them.
If anything cops are lighter on you now if you happen to be wandering around with certain drugs, and to say "when I was your age we could all take drugs without consequences, but now it is all different". Sorry, but drugs back then were still coming from unsavoury sources.
Also, I'm 22 and of all the musicians I have jammed with in the last 4 years, exactly 0 of them have not used drugs in some capacity. I'm not talking junkies, a lot of students who made music liked to dabble, even if it had nothing to do with the creative process. As an 18 year old it is difficult to say no when everybody else is getting high or whatever. Perhaps a better lesson to the youngsters is this:
When you are on drugs you are boring, self-absorbed, poor at judging your own creative skills and get nothing done. Drugs may open up doors of perception, especially musically, but they also take away a lot of the skills needed to get you to this heightened creativity. It is an eternal game of chasing the rabbit down the hole. The best thing would be to learn how to compromise these drugs into your life if you absolutely must take them. The other thing is, remember when you are my age, 22, you are looking for jobs, you don't want to be sitting in cold apartments for ever expecting to get stuff handed to you for free and giggling away at youtube videos.
Sounds like OP has a far more rational and un-egotistical attitude to getting gigs than a lot of musicians I met who are much older, so good luck dude!