Stay with me for a minute, grown-folk readers, because I get a lot of emails from younger folk who are wondering how they can convince their parents that they are serious about choosing music as their career. Parents tend to picture something with a little bit more stability for their kids' careers, and hey, let's be honest, that's a fair concern. Making money in the music business is hard work, and it's getting harder. However, the trick to making this conversation go well is to show parents that you're serious and that you've thought this whole thing out. Before you tell your parents about your music goals, consider these tips. If you have some stories of music success - or stories of convincing people to support your musical ambitions - share them with the next generation of full-time musical masters.