I'm not sure which forum this belongs so I picked this one but if there's another one that suits this thread better then go ahead and move it. So, I'm talking to some people about my band and my bass playing and I get the question, "So how good are you?" I try to compare my abilities in the most descriptive yet humble and non-boasting way I can but I had a hard time explaining where I was at as a bassist. So finally one of the guys asks me, "Are you at the professional level? I mean, not by how much money you make but by your abilities?" I really didn't know how to answer that. I didn't know if I was or not. I mean I can play with stuff that's on the radio but I'm no Matthew Garrison or Victor Wooten. I'm just me. So my question is, how do you know when you're at the professional level in your playing abilities?