Having a passion for music and wanting to follow it as a career can pose issues. To turn your hobby into a form of income is not an easy task. Whether it be just listening or being an amateur musician, there are now many institutes offering degrees, diplomas or certificates in multiple aspects of sound.
Becoming a qualified professional in the sound industry opens doors to employment, these opportunities provide the basis to be involved in music as a job while allowing you to spend your spare time doing what you love. A successful musician once told me "never quit your day job", great advice. Even though he was an internationally recognised musician he still worked as a sound engineer to pay the bills and fund his projects.
As South Africa develops, so does our economy, and the prospects have never been so good for being interested in the entertainment industry as they are now. Many international films and movie shows are being produced in South Africa already due to the lower costs as compared to more developed areas like the United States or any European countries. For that reason, entering a career of sound is a great way to keep working on your passion while not neglecting the harsh reality that there are going to be bills to pay for.
Find something you love to do and you'll never have to work a day in your life.