Matt Bo Eder
Here's all you gotta do; get with mom and dad and ask them how much they pay for rent (or the mortgage) on the house, how much insurance is for those things, car payments, health insurance, and how much food, gas, and utilities for the month are. Then you find a way to make your music make at least that amount every month for the rest of your life. Then you can say you're making a living out of it and you're not doing it because of the money.I want to make a living out of it because i want to do what i love for the rest of my life and nothing elses not because of money
I would say by the time you're able to go out on your own (let's say, by the time you're 23) you would need to be earning about $5000 a month to be comfortable. This is an arbitrary number, of course. Lots of people live on a lot less, but let's hope for the best and you have everything covered and you're not lacking in any kind of creature comforts you have now.
Take that number you need every month and calculate out how many $50 jazz gigs you'd have to do, assuming they're even out there. What is that, 100 gigs a month? With 30 days in a month, that's about 3 gigs a day seven days a week.
I wouldn't do it for the money either if all that stuff I need to live just appeared out of nowhere