Hi all... I am studying under a Berklee graduate in Miami, FL. Just about 2 weeks ago he said "Wouldn't you like to to start getting some gigs as a working bassist?" I said, "Of course. I'd love that." He responded by telling me I was just about ready for professional electric bass gigs. (I'm not quite there on upright yet, but I'm working on it) So I'm just curious... how did you all come about making a career out of music for yourselves? More specifically, when did you begin to notice that music became more than just something you love to do, and actually brought you revenue? I ask because I find that the musically involved people around me look to me if they need someone to play bass, record, etc., friends and professors included, however these are not really paying gigs. I don't really play much outside the college anymore (used to when I was in original bands, but not really paid gigs) so aside from the occasional service grant they are just things I do as favors or because I enjoy playing. The local music scene in Miami is not all that great, but what would you recommend to someone who wants to start getting paid gigs, whether they be session work, live gigs, cover tunes, etc? Is moving to a more musician-friendly city a good idea if possible? Thanks ahead of time for your help.