I had the pleasure to read Bert Lucarelli's memoirs. Styled as "conversations," anyone who had the pleasure of working with or spending time with the professor would really enjoy reading about his philosophy and approach to music and life.
There are lots of ways for young musicians to get their career going. Bert made the decision not to take non-music jobs. His view was that if he was going to be a musician, he was going to be a musician. That being said, he also was clear that performing is performing, regardless of whether that is as a soloist, ensemble member, chamber music, or playing Ice Capades (yup, look for that story in here). Even the title - We Can't Always Play Waltzes - is charming when you read that vignette. Enjoy!