I'd like to make this thread a collection of thoughts and musings of what it takes to make bass your career, or at least your major source of income. I'm not talking about getting a record deal or anything such as that. I mean the bassists who form successful local bands, put in the studio hours, or serve as hired guns for whoever needs them. People who call themselves "professional" musicians. Anyone who has been down that road, please share what you feel are important points that you learned along the way. What skills must a bassist have to succeed? What role does being a good businessman play? Please feel free to ramble.