As I peruse this massive forum, I felt that this would be the place to ask that all important question stated in the subject line. first of all, i've been working on music production for about five years, but it's been a solo endeavor, with that said, and finding myself looking for a career, the question is, if I sink my soul into this business, can I realistically expect to support a family on the income? By income I mean say $40K is what I'm pulling in now. I'm talking about producing music for radio/TV ads from my project studio. As I look at the competition,(the rest of you out there) it's pretty unrealistic to say, "oh yeah, I'll be a top dog in five years and living high". Clearly, I need to be more specific to get an accurate picture , but so many of you are out there doing it already, what is a realistic expectation? Also, are we talking about outrageous hours and hairpulling deadline pressure? I'm going to produce music at any level I can just because i love it, but i gotta know. If i can get a few comments and opinions, that would be great. Thanks.