The market that I live in is overly saturated with photographers. It isn’t possible for all of us to make a living at it. I know quite a few who have other jobs, aside from working as photo assistants. I made more money as a digital tech in my worst year than I did in my first year of solely making photographs for a living. As an IT person, you might find that you could gain more on set experience while doing the digital work (which largely involves keeping the computer working and troubleshooting it when it goes down) and making a killer living. At the best of times, I was pulling down six figures and traveling the world.