When I first moved to Ft. Lauderdale I pounded the docks at the boat show. There I met an owner who took my resume and asked how much I wanted. So I told him what I'd earned in NY. He said he'd call. A few weeks later I ran into him again on the dock. He said he needed someone that day and again asked how much I wanted. I told him I'd work for free that day and we'd discuss what I'm worth later. I ended up working for him through that season and for his move north. He paid me less in wages than I had been making in NY, but then kept stuffing 50's and 100's in my hand on the side. BTW, I was 38 at the time, but worked like a New Yorker.
The lesson there is that if you have the right attitude (which you seem to have) you'll do fine despite odds and in the way that's right for you.