I'm almost 28 years old, and lived all my life in Italy. Playing professionally here, especially in my area, is not easy especially since people here tend to care more about how you fit into certain criterias and how good is your talk rather than what you can actually do. So I'm in a pattern of doing some poopy job dead end job for some time, leaving, getting another poopy job etc etc. I've been wanting to see the US of A for a long, long time and I think the moment to jump is well overdue. I'd like to go straight to New York, but it's an expensive city as far as I know and my finances are quite limited. So I'm thinking, since I have relatives in Vancouver, CA I might move there and work some more poopy jobs for a few months, buy a cheap car and slowly make my way through the continent working whatever temp jobs I find, playing all the gigs I can find, and hopefully get to NY in a year or two having finally perfected my craft, and possibly settle there. I can play. I mean, the least arrogantly as one can possibly say this, that I can really play, problem is I lack experience (in my area it's really hard to find reliable, good musicians to work with, and I haven't played an actual gig in two years. I know it sounds like I'm blaming others, but I've never did that, while certainly doing some of my worst, in the past, to get to this situation), which I'm looking to get while traveling. I can improvise, I can hold a groove for days, I can play odd times, I can catch up pretty much instantly on almost any song I may have never heard before, I can solo, I can get good tones, I can read charts (but not sheets, at least not first sight if it's more complicated than, say, straight eights, one chord per bar), I can play almost any genre, but I need more experience to do so with confidence and consistency. I'm also good with drums and percussion, but have started playing those like an year ago so pro playing is not yet in my league. I can't sweet talk, I can't (won't) BS my way into things, I can't fake interest in something/someone when I have none, I can't talk about stuff I have nothing to say about. I don't have any formal education (dropped out of high school) but I consider myself more knowledgeable than most college boys my age. I'm quite clever but often come off as a complete idiot to the average person, which I guess the language barrier is going to heavily exacerbate. All that said... a "travelling lifestyle" like that would be almost impossible and certainly frustrating in Italy, due to all the paperwork and bureaucracy and timewasters one has to get involved in for all the basic things (9-5 jobs, renting a flat, mandatory insurances, taxes for moving house [here you can expect to throw away 200-300 bucks each time you move because power/gas contract taxes, rent contract taxes, rent contracts which require 6 months notice for leaving or else heavy fines or legal action, 3 months advance payments on rent, and so on and on] etc.) so I guess what I'm asking is: can I expect to consistently find work, even not musical, while moving through the country? Are my musical skills marketable in the US? I don't mind posting examples of my playing if you doubt it (There are a TON of bands here who completely SUCK but get decent paid gigs everywhere because they are a friend of someone, while better musicians than I play bar gigs for 50 bucks). What should I know about immigration laws, health insurance, rent, etc? Who do you call when your employer is not paying you what's due? How radically different can the laws from state to state be? What "victimless crimes" can get you easily arrested (ie. sleeping in your car, busking, working without paperwork, ending up in a bar fight etc etc.)? What happens if you need to go to the hospital, get a crazy bill and can't pay? How much do entry level (food, services, etc.) jobs pay? How much do factory jobs pay? Can you get office jobs (ie. better paid) without degrees? What's the average rent in big cities? How much do you spend for groceries for one? Etc. etc. I'd really love some advice from locals but also from other immigrants. Thank you.