A little back story first...I have been playing bass since i was 15, im 33 now. I have always played in church and have done an event every now and then but have only been payed for just a handful of small jazz gigs. I love the bass. Its apart of me. I can read and also play by ear. I can play most genres but i lean heavy on Jazz, R&B, Gospel and Funk. I've finally decided i would like to do what i love and get paid for it. This leads me to my question... Where do i even start? The only scene I've ever been apart of is the church scene and the churches I've played at don't pay. Really, i just need a starting point. I understand networking is a pretty big part but even then i'm not sure where to locate musicians in my city. What are some crucial steps to get me on my way. I really do appreciate the feedback. Thanks.