Nick, I agree with everything that has been posted with just a few additional comments:
First, you stated, "I have no experience with real planes . . ."
Absolutely, I recommend you go out to a Fixed Base Operation (FBO) at a local airport, make an appointment with a Flight Instructor (CFI or CFII), tell him/her what your interest is, and without a question of a doubt, get a couple of orientation rides in a small plane (like a Cessna 172 or Piper Cherokee, etc) to see if you like it. As a flight instructor, I met quite a few folks who watched airplanes fly over while laying on the beach and thought to themselves, "Wow, that would really be neat to fly an airplane." Then, when they actually did so, it wasn't quite as thrilling or appealing as they expected and they moved on to other endeavors. (At least they were honest with themselves, and you have to be honest with yourself as well). If a couple of orientation flights is enjoyable to you and you think you would like to pursue it, then then next step would be to begin your flight training from a good instructor--Private Pilot License, Instrument rating, Commercial rating, Multi-Engine rating, and so on, all the way up to ATP (Airline Transport Pilot certificate).
Nick this would be a big commitment, fairly expensive, and we're talking about accomplishing this over a period of years, not a few weeks or months. Don't quit your current job!
By the way, flying RC
is not the same as flying a real airplane, nor is flight simulator on your computer.
Second, since you already have a degree from Kent State University, I don't see the need to go back to college for another four years. A career in aviation does not require a specialized degree. Employers in aviation careers, in general, just want to see pilots who have exhibited the commitment to obtain a college degree with a well rounded education. I think your music degree would be just fine.
Finally, you might speak with an Air Force, Navy, or Marine recruiter. It's been many years since I've visited with an Air Force recruiter, but at one time, you had to begin Flight Training by the time you were 27 and a half years old. I know you are getting close to this and there may not be time to complete everything to enter military flight school by that time, but it would be worth your time to chat with a Recruiter to determine if the military route is even an option. I don't know what the current requirement is for pilots, how many years commitment they require after completing flight training, if you would complete flight school then sent to a control room somewhere to fly an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or what. Make sure you ask a lot of questions. Recruiters have "quotas" to meet, and I have heard stories where recruiters told people things like, "We don't have any openings for pilots, but we can get you a slot at Navigator school. Being a Navigator is just as good as being a pilot."
flymia (Reply 9) said, "Flying is not just a career it is a lifestyle." This is very true. It can also be very expensive earning all your ratings. Make sure this is something you really want to do. Also, there are widebody Captain positions at the major airlines where the pilots earn a lot of money. The other 99 percent of pilots flying out there do not. Do not pursue a flying career for money. It HAS to be because you enjoy it very much.
I wish you well with this, and as flymia (Reply 9) said, talk to a lot of pilots--private, corporate, airline (passenger), airline (cargo), crop dusters, all sorts, Nick.