Hello all. I wanted to post this to get everyone's thoughts/advice/warnings ect. I remember someone posting something similar earlier. I'm a qualified Network Administrator.....but I can't find a job where I live. (I'm sure a lot of you know where I'm coming from) I'm probaly going to have to move to find a job. Well, I love the feeling I get when I play with my band on a Saturday Night and make 50 or 75 bucks. Then I think, that would be great if I could do this 5 or 6 times a week. I was thinking, if I move, move to a larger area than I am, and hook up with a band to play full time. I know some of you have done this before, and I just want to ask some questions. All of your thoughts and advice are welcome. Just how hard is it to hook up with a band and do this? Are full time gigs in a given area, only allowed for a few "Higher Up" bands, or can any good band do this? Though I think I'm a fairly decent bass player, I know I'll be moving to a higher populated area, higher population means more bass players, more bass players means some of those bass players are Berklee Trained and Jazz/Classical trained musicians. Should I take this competition into consideration? I have expierence with Rock, Metal, Country, Rockabilly, Blues, Latin, Jump Swing, Du Wop, Alternative, and Punk music. Still I'm not much of a slapper, and I don't really have any vocal abilities. These two drawbacks bother me cause I think that they would be the factors determining if I wouldn't get a gig? Should I join the Musician's Union? (Is it still even around) I'm not a great sight reader, but if It called for it. I could nail it down if I needed it. I have chart expierence, should I learn the Nashville Number System and any other forms of notation? What are some classified websites that cover a large amount of musicians needed/wanted? (I was going to check out Farmclub.com but it looks like the website is no more) What do you think of Circuits and Tours, such as going on the Holiday Inn tour. (I know that being on the road full time gets to be a drag, but I would try it for a year or two if the opputunity struck) Do you think it would be worth checking out Labels for session/tour work to back their artists? Thank you for all your input. I'm still unsure if I'm going to do this. I'm still going to search out computer work here where I live for a while. I just feel that I would be most happy playing for my life. I don't expect to get rich off this, but be able to play to support myself and a family if I have one. If I do this, I plan on putting some of the money I make into retirement. Thank you for your answers/advice. Please tell me about anything you think I should know about, that I didn't mention. Thank you.