I hear you - I think this question about how an artist makes ends meet is important - how does one combine creativity with making a living. When I lived in New York and decided to design a line of jewelry, with just a few beads and a tube of glue, I felt like a poser. I hadn't studied jewelry design in college - so how in the world did I think I could start a jewelry business and actually charge people for my work?? I spent a couple of months in therapy pondering on this quandary...how could I ever make a living off of creating something that I loved?
What I learned was that I had the power to design my own life. I was the one in charge. Yes, it helped that I had JZ who was willing to let me explore this path for a while without having to worry about paying the rent. In the end, I realized that what I had to offer was different than everyone else - and if I was willing to take my thought process, my creativity and push it a bit further - I knew I would feel satisfaction and maybe even be able to pay the bills eventually.
Someone told me a long time ago to put my own mark on everything I do - to personalize everything. At the time, I wasn't really sure what she meant - I thought I was putting my own stamp on everything. Years later, I realized that she meant EVERYTHING - everything is important and means something to someone. I have learned with French General that although sometimes I am bored with what I am doing or frustrated with the day - I am making a living by being creative everyday...I've learned to enjoy the process and take it day by day.
I hope you are able to find a way to create, inspire and earn - it's a fulfilling opportunity and one I think we should all strive for. Good luck!