the main thing is you have to enjoy doing it, more than that you have to love doing it, (for most this is the reason why you begin on the road right?)
the rabbit hole is deep and many twists and turns lay in wait..
being signed to the biggest labels within your given field still does not guarantee gigs and certainly no steady stream of income off the records sales (presuming you hit anything over 500 even on the big labels- good ole zippyshare)
talent alone today isn't quite enough, you need solid branding,something hugely marketable and money, either backing from yourself or some 3rd party interest that's going to invest in you (some labels still do this, only some)backing yourself is great but you have to be realistic and very very honest with yourself, how much money and time are you willing to throw at this dream/goal??
being you are making enough noise to step away from the 9-5 and concentrate on making the records and spinning the gigs full time, that's great if it happens, if you make the step too early and the pressure is on, these things come into play quite heavily, A, make sure your agent is finding the gigs consistently, B, you or your engineer needs to be pushing out tunes steadily all year round neither of which could even be covering standard living costs
the passion & love will soon stand in a different light when it comes to making sure you have food on the table and can just plain get by in your life each day..
this all probably reads really negatively lol, i dont mean it to be, and I'm certainly not, i love what i do, with all the people involved and the scene for all its good parts and the side cart of shit, Ive not even considered moving away from my day job, my schedule is bonkers juggling that and a full time studio schedule too, along with gigs and my radio show.
its a shame these days there isn't much money in all areas of the industry, even respected 'big' names are looking over their shoulders wondering where the next gig is coming from. kinda says it all right?