Great story, R25. I wanted to be a writer too but never made enough of an effort. I wrote one screenplay when I was 18. Re-reading it recently, the good parts weren't where I thought they would be and the terrible ones occurred more often than I cared for. I wrote a few short stories and a terrible "novel" (which was really just rambling on my part) when I was in my very early twenties. Got rejected by publishers, obviously. One took the trouble to write back and tell me how terrible the writing was, beyond salvation in his opinion.
Then that was it, I met people who were much better writers than I was and who now work as freelance translators (translating YA fiction, for the most part). These are people who are truly talented, everything they write is fresh, striking etc. It's still very difficult and I know even when they are established, they never know if the rug is going to be pulled from under their feet and in a way, they still struggle.
Today when I look at people who have succeeded in an artistic career I see what I wouldn't even call hard work due to the level of committment, plus there is personality, drive, they need to be unique, and you need to be on the forefront of what's happening in your genre - not a follower. And all that, is very, very, very difficult to achieve.
I saw that with bands. In music you ave the very big names in a given genre. Then you will have smaller names who gravitate in the same type of music but who are just not as big -not as big in fame, but also not as talented, or not as original, or not as mouch in touch with what society is experiencing at the time. Then you'll have the bands who are really not that famous unless you are really into the music scene, they are usually semi-pros. They will tour with bands who are more famous than they are, they will be booked in small venues very locally, and have their loyal fans, but they will never go mainstream, even within their genre. Basically they make enough to continue doing music, but they will never break through. To be at this level you already need to be very, very good, and even brilliant if you look at it from a regular Jose perspective.
Then you will have the very good amateurs. They will never make it, the music they play is an imitation of their favourite bands. They have a day job, all of them. They are music fans and are also fans of the semi-pros, who they may consider their competition if they're delusional enough not to see that their own game isn't on par with the game of higher players. These are good musicians, sometimes even very good, but will be lacking in something: the lyrics are shit, the singer is off-key and doesn't seek to correct it, they have no stage presence and don't see that as a problem.
And finally you'll have the people who have started playing music as a hobby and go to open mics but just don't have enough talent. These people will go to concerts a lot, but they're more audience members than musicians.
And in these circles, those who are at the very center, the top artists, have made a committment we cannot even begin to imagine. So yeah, it looks like it could be nice, but in all honesty all I think most of us can ever hope to achieve is to be good amateurs if we are talented enough, and if we have the drive and work super hard and music/writing is our life, be semi-pros. But it really takes that extra drive, which certainly has a killer instinct to it, to be anything more.