Alright everyone I need some advice, er, reassurance I guess. So recently I have decided that I can’t pursue academia as a career anymore, at least not going into the field I was going into. To make a looooong story short, I’m finishing a masters degree, was applying for doctorates, but I just don’t think I can keep going any more, simply because the prospects of getting jobs in my field have dropped off significantly and I don’t see that changing in the next few decades sadly. So about a year ago I finally decided to pursue one of my dreams: learn to play the double bass. I’ve played music my whole life. Over the years I’ve played violin, piano, percussion, guitar, electric bass, sitar (I know, weird huh?), and sang in choir. For a significant portion of my life I thought I wanted to be a composer. Unfortunately for me though, I picked the wrong instrument as my main instrument: bassoon. I love the instrument on its own, but I wasn’t passionate about playing it. In fact, I’m pretty certain that by the time I finished high school I was a worse player than when I started. Needless to say I knew I couldn’t make the cut getting accepted into even a very low-tier music program (I really was that bad). So I decided to pursue my other interest which was to go into academia. I always knew I wanted to play the double bass though. In fact, my last semester of high school I convinced the orchestra director to lend me a bass and I took lessons on it for a few months, but when I graduated I had to return it. So thus far on the double bass I have advanced very quickly. I wanted to pursue the bass as a solo instrument (which I know, who in their right mind wakes up one day and decides they want to do something as ridiculous as that) and I happened to find probably the best teacher I could have for this goal. I don’t know if it is “cool” to drop names on this forum, so I will avoid it, but he is a former virtuoso pupil of Gary Karr’s who is now a DMA student of Jeff Bradetich. Basically I was very lucky and hit the jackpot. In my first year of playing I have learned Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise, Faure's Elegie, the first movement of Vanhal, and I am currently working on the 3rd Bach Cello Suite in G, a Bottesini Elegy, and playing around with most of the 1st Cello Suite at pitch. I know that this sort of progress is uncommon and since picking up the bass, the fact that I did not pursue music as a career has seriously been nagging at me. Now that I have made the decision to reevaluate my life, I know I need to seriously consider going back to school for music. I have done my research and found out that all my hours from my undergraduate degree can be used for a new degree, so the fact that I could go back and only take courses (aka spend money) in music makes that prospect even more appealing. When I mentioned this to my teacher he didn’t seem surprised at all, and in fact was surprised that I didn’t think I could or should pursue a performance degree and that I was apprehensive about the audition process. In fact he pretty much told me point blank I would get in, which utterly shocked me, and perhaps suggests that I’ve been downplaying my own progress so far. So here is the question I have everyone. I am 27 going on 28 now. I have missed auditions and application deadlines this year by literally a matter of weeks or days in some cases, so it will be a year before I can apply, and a year and a half before I start a program any where. So I am looking at starting my musical education at almost 30. Do you think this is too late to be able to craft for myself a sustainable career? I am still not sure what I would actually even major in, originally I was thinking music business with a minor or double major in management so that I could hopefully work on the business side of the arts. But given my teacher’s reaction to me at our last lesson, I may consider composition or performance now as well. Regardless, what are people’s thoughts on this subject? Should I take the plunge? Any thing that I should be thinking about that would be hard for me to know ahead of time? Or am I really just fretting too much?