Outofmysystem, wow, parallel lives man! Good luck with it! If i leave it'll be hard to get back to this, and no sabbaticals possible. But I reckon I could get back to something reasonably paid if I only stepped out for a year or two...
Little pig, it's not 'bad' exactly but it is high profile and involves acting a role all the time, day and night!
owensands, great post, thanks for that. Yes I think you're right. As I said in an earlier post it's probably a different question I'm really asking myself (as I've have realised through this thread) and that is - do I want to work for myself. Answer is probably yes. So I'll end up running a business of some kind, hopefully with some kind of creative link. I salute your success - well done. The only difference for me is that at present it's more like a 9 to 9 job which really doesn't leave much time, but I get your point completely.
Still I think you should first try to negiotiate a reduction in Your hours. try get it Down to a more reasonable 40 hour work week.
Then you will have time to both keep a steady job to support Your Family and spend time in Ableton Live.
Just my 2 cents.