What I'm asking, I guess, is... how many people are actually able to make a decent living off of art? It seems like artists are either getting commissions by the bucketload or struggling to get just a few. I would love to be an artist. I could never be a whole person without art. But I just don't know if it would be realistic for me to try and build a career off of it, because if I were to be perfectly honest with myself, I don't know if I have the capability or the talent to even try without fooling myself. When did you guys start getting commissions? I heard that one seventeen year old here is already working. Are you guys able to support yourselves doing what you do?
I'm sorry if this is a shitty thread (I really don't want to be that person who wastes everyone's time with a crap thread)... but I'm actually very worried and I trust that you guys are the best people to ask. And I'm sick of floundering back and forth between careers because I don't know if it's cowardly to think that I couldn't or stupid to think that I could. Please humor me this one time and I promise I'll never post such a sucky thread again.