What level of musicianship and playing does it take to survive in the real world? I'd love to go for a career playing the trumpet but I don't know what it is like out there. I keep getting it from the parents that it is so hard to make a living off of it. I'd like to not let my parents effect what I'm going to be doing for the rest of my life, but I also don't want to end up a homeless musician on the street for the rest of my life. How can I know if it is foolish to go into music or not? I'm 1st trumpet in marching band, and 1st chair in an advanced out of school band. However, the more I see more trumpet players I see some incredible stuff for people around my age that I am no where close to. I tend to have a small fear that I'm just a better-than-average player in a bad musical area and when I get out into the real world I wont stand up to the competition. I actually thought about going to the guys that give the music majors trumpet lessons at the college I would start out at and getting opinions on whether it could work for me or not. What do you think?