Breaking into music and making money at it is not an easy task. The important thing here is not to be discouraged. The first thing to do is consider your goals, or make a list of goals. This will give you a guide line. The goals have got to be more detailed then make money playing music or playing in a band. What do you want to do? Do you want to write? Do you want to develop writing skills? Do you want to do cover songs? Do you want to make a CD? Do you want to sell your music on line? Do you want to teach music?
Once you consider what it is you want to do with your talents the next step is to develop your talents. You are on the right track by taking bass lessons. Have you considered taking a community college course on music theory, or recording music? What kind of local programs are offered in your area? What else can you do to further your music education?
I can tell you what ever you decide to do you will need some sort of budget to achieve these goals. At times I worked two Jobs to pay for gear and musical instruction. This is a slow process.
Don’t be discouraged by people who are jealous of your abilities and call you a show off? They are venting their frustration at their own personal lack of talent or underdeveloped skill. See it’s not about you it’s about them. This is an extremely self-centered comment. I have dealt with people like this on several occasions.
If you want to record music you have two choices. You can pay big bucks for someone to record you or you can record yourself.
Seeking Sofia is right, Audacity is a great program to start out with because it is free. Get it here
This takes care of the software but you will still need the hardware. This will require an investment on your part. You can put together a small demo studio using your computer for about $300.00 The quality won’t be great but it will do the job. You will need to learn how to record yourself. You can do this through a community college course or search on line for instruction. Look through you tube for audacity videos or recording hardware videos. As you can see if you want to record yourself or if you have someone do it for you there is still an investment of some sort needed.
Karaoke is a good place for exposure, but in most cases you are not exposed to the people who can help you or who are looking for singers for their group. Local open mics are better. You can also Network by using Craig’s list and other local music publications that have a want ad section. The Sunday paper here has an entertainment section and there are ads in there. Find auditions and go to them through those sources or other online sources.
Whatever you do you got your work cut out for you. Maybe you can get some help from your successful relatives.