It is never easy for anyone to have success in music.
I think the future looks great for music, musicians, bass players, and all we love about music.
I'm a fan of many different styles of classical and symphonic music.
Very often I suspend my musical sensibilities to enjoy music as a fan.
We'll see some simplistic players for a while, who'll then get into more complicated things and evolve with their instruments. This is a cycle that happens over and over again in music.
I didn't follow the standard rules of bass playing, and many musicians on many different instruments who became noteworthy for their unique or particular style did a very similar thing.
It was also important for me to have a burning desire to achieve something worthwhile on that instrument, and I devoted many many many hours with little or no compensation to perfecting whatever I could, because I loved it so much.