I haven't read the other replies yet, but here's some factoids and stuff for you.
Rod Stewart said, "I'm not really a good musician. But people like to buy my albums." Grateful Dead record sales were limited, but their concerts always sold out. I wouldn't call them good musicians either. They all found a way to make money.
We all know that good marketing trumps good musicianship. How many lousy musicians do you know of that are famous? Ain't right, but proves you don't need to be a God to become rich and famous.
I have played all the small rock clubs in the SF Bay Area - all long gone. My entire circle of musician friends agree - your day job makes it possible to play music.
My Master Classical instructor, Ben Barron, graduated from the SF Conservatory. He tells me he is the ONLY one of his graduating class who is still doing music professionally. Teaching is his bread and butter. Another violin teacher at the same local school, Fiat Music, was teaching violin there when I was a teenager. I'm now 61. He is ... a lot older than that. Both Ben and the violin dude do it because they love it! They both make about US$40K/year from teaching in the SF Bay Area.
A jazz drummer I performed with may times, was performing 4-5 nights/week, teaching 5-6 days a week, doing studio work, composition, etc. He had to give it up because he could not support his family... I met him when we were both hired to do computer work at Chevron's data center in San Ramon, CA.
So if you want to pursue music as a career, get it into your head now that you will be very lucky to make it big. But, there is a steady supply of beginners who need competent teachers. My current job is a Nursing Educator. Teaching can be very satisfying - but the question is, is it satisfying enough for you? Is the money enough? For me, I wouldn't change a thing. I love the rock I have done and the classical I currently do. I love teaching Nursing. It's a life well spent.
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