Moderaters....delete this if you wish, but I think a lot of people are in my shoes...... About 4 years ago I decided to start converting 2 rooms of my rented home into a small recording studio. I started recording bands for free as I worked full time during the day to purchase as much gear as I could. I eventually started charging bands, and worked my way up to recording a few bands that were on smaller labels. Two demos that I did actually got bands signed to a label. I love what I do very much, and I take pride in how hard I work to try to create an nice end result. Last year I lost my day job (lay off), and began recording full time. I did pretty well, but I wanted to go back to a full time gig during the day for stability sake. I'm now losing my house, and I'm being forced into an apartment. I won't be able to record bands anymore, at least not drums, and who will honestly take someone serious who is working out of an apartment? It's hard enough being taken serious working out of a house. It seems that everything I've been working my ass off for is going down the tubes, and I'm running out of options. I recently got hired into an entry level position (non audio related) at a very well known gear manufacturer. About 99% of you probably own our gear. I applied for a position in the studio, and it's looking like that won't happen either. I'm running up hill here, and the studios in the area won't take on an intern without a degree in audio. I'm not tight enough with any of the Chicago area studios to get a decent rate on renting it out. I'm going nowhere fast and I really don't know what to do. Any suggestions you can give me would be fantastic. I really don't want to lose what I love doing.