The quick answer? Absolutely! I’ve taken a similar path. I knew I wanted to be a designer but I loved music and fine art. I started a band in college and kept music as the passionate hobby where if the right stars aligned, it might become my full time career, but it didn’t pan out that way. Instead I kept music as a something that kept me happy, balanced, and creatively fulfilled when my job as a designer felt like, well, a job!
For me, I felt like I could make a good living through my design career and therefore support the other creative side of me. After 13 years, I am now a design director at a major company and have had the opportunity to be in a metal band, jazz band, back-up singer in a tribute band, and did a little session work as well. Some people think it’s overwhelming, I say it’s what keeps me sane.
Good luck and keep the fires burning under your passions bright!