This is something I just want to get off my chest.
My cousin is a few months older than me and a musician. I'd say I don't know how she manages, but I do: Whenever life gets a little too tough and it's looking like she might need to make some hard decisions - like get a part time job, take on more students, find more gigs, or possibly accept she might not have the right mix of talent, work ethic or business sense to make it in music and do something else - lest she suffer hardship, she hits up her parents for money.
On the one hand - it's her life, I'm not her, I'm hardly in a position to be too judgemental given the support my parents gave me in my early adulthood. On the other - the fact she won't get out of this 'must make it in music' mindset means she's constantly turning to her parents for money and they're not really in a position to pay her bills as well as their own.
It's hard - her parents are getting to a point where they need to start saying no, and she's got her heart completely sold on making it in a notoriously difficult industry while completely failing to recognise her lifestyle has a negative impact on the finances and emotions of the people around her.
Also - I invited her to my wedding, she said she could go, except I find out from my parents that she won't be going due to funds - despite my offer to pay her flights and accommodation. It's like dammit, the one and only time I would like you to visit me and will happily pay your way, you don't take me up on it? Really?!?! Why is accepting money from your parents when you know they don't have much so easy, but you somehow find some scrap of pride to wave around when I have the resources to fly you out for a weekend? It would be okay if she just suddenly decided she really didn't want to make the trip, but I think this is 100% a money and pride thing, not a 'don't want to go' thing.