Sorry in advance for the long post: I'm 28 years old and have been playing music for the last 16 years or so, playing in bands for the last 8 or 9. Current band is about 2-3 years strong and working on our debut album. We've garnered a bit of a local following and have started to get out of town on weekends and such. I've also, at 28, been the CIO of a successful online business and headed up their commercial business development team for about 3 years. I raised them from $1.2m annual profits to average $3m-$4.5m annual, but the salary was not commensurate with what I brought to the table so I left for an entry/mid level position in a larger IT department. I make a good living and get a decent benefit package, plus the job holds a lot of opportunity for advancement, but I'm also a single man in my late 20s without any children or solid ties here besides career (family is mostly out of town these days) and have been kicking around the idea of jumping into music head-on within the next 18-24 months. This means subjecting myself to the risks of being destitute and all of the other rigors that come with life on the road. I'm doing a good bit of the funding of the band myself, being the only one with a career solid enough to allow that kind of expendible income, but have made it clear that I won't bankroll it without a written agreement up front regarding returns. I'm also aware that I will almost certainly not be part of the next big thing and as a touring musician am looking at reducing my salary in half or threefold. I do some freelance web design and consulting work and can probably supplement a life on the road for myself that way. Though I have the experience, I'm still a dozen classes or so shy of my bachelor's degree (dual major mathematics/software dev.) I put my degree on hold for financial reasons and will need to save a moderate chunk of money to get back into it, though student loans are not an issue if I went on the road. I'm asking because there's a wealth of information available and a wealth of experience to speak of the pros and cons of pursuing music here on talkbass. Is it worth it to put a career with potential that I'm not 100% enthused about on hold to pursue earning a meager living in music or should I stick to being a weekend warrior and maybe find a few steady local gigs to help stave off the cravings to get out and play?