While some people may say that anything is possible, becoming a professional harpist by beginning at age 45 with no instrument seems to be a stretch to me. It sounds like this woman does not understand the time, money, and commitment (emphasis on time) it takes to become a professional harpist. I am 26 years old and have been playing the harp for 12 years, and still have a hard time supporting myself on “harping” alone. If she is really serious about this, I would recommend giving her a realistic picture of how much time it will take before she can become a “professional” and definitely recommend that she NOT quit her current job. Also, tell her the financial commitment of purchasing or renting a harp is definitely necessary for any serious harpist.