I would suggest to keep the job you have until you learn how to trade. IMHO it takes several years to learn:) Once you have account demo or real where you would be able to consistently make profit you might be ready to be full time trader.
I've lost a bit less than $1k, it hurts but I think it is actually a reasonable amount. At first I lost in a rapid phase, then it slowed down. I started to win in 1M to 15M time frames. Then I tried to figure out how to trade in longer time frames, and began losing again. But the most rapid loss was with BTCUSD, since I thought it would be a nice idea to have something to do during weekends. Fortunately, I quit that stupidity, and started to win again. Now I'm only appr. 800 bucks in minus. This all took 4 years..
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