slimeball: I understand what you mean, and I don't really have a long term plan still. However, I reckon I've got a good shot at making at least a large part of my living through music. I've already been getting professional gigs as a performer (though not many so far), and I have faith in my compositional abilities - I have a wind band piece being premiered next week, and the conductor has already strongly hinted that he reckons it might get performed by other groups (he has plenty of connections overseas himself!). I'm good at networking in weird places and finding niches, and I'm easy to work with.
Thanks for the support everyone! :)