Seriously, there is almost no chance at all that you are going to make it as an original band. You are competing with a bazillion other bands. EVERYONE is in a band! Everyone who is in a band has a friend, brother, son, daughter, uncle and mother who is in a band. It's gotten to where there are a lot more people who are in a band than there are who AREN'T in a band. The list of performers has gotten bigger than the list of potential audience members, and most of them can't stay out late because they have to work. Cover band? In every city, there is an ever-shrinking number of venues, with available gig nights on fewer and fewer nights, and once any band finds its audience, it will book out the majority of them for the next few years. In the summer and fall, the venues will be booked up "through the year," and in the winter and spring, they will "not be booking acts until next summer and fall, because summer is the slow season." You will be required to bring an audience. Where do you get one? Do you have two hundred and sixty friends who like to spend four hours drinking and eating crappy bar food every Friday and Saturday night? Because if you do, you are IN, but that's simply not going to be true of most people. Your best bet is to become a janitor. Janitors make a good, honest living, and very little of what they do is ego driven.