Seeing that you've "made it" as an artist & can support your family with music; have any advice for aspiring artists who want to achieve the same goal? How do you get recognized & financially started?
I don't know about 'made it' - I'm not immortal yet.
My advice would be to work obsessively toward your goal and not let up until you have achieved it, regardless of how long it takes and how many times the electricity company threatens to cut you off for not paying your bill.
Accept you can't afford a nice car like your friend who works in the bank and learn to prepare cheap dinners from rice, lentils and vegetables.
Accept you will never have 'job security' and let go of any thoughts of 'making it'.