Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands
It's certainly possible, but as people mentioned; it's also quite hard. I think it's a combination of being very good at what you do, knowing how to network and a bit of luck.
I know people who dread the idea of 'marketing' their work, and I'm not suggesting going full salesman, but people do need to know you're there and what you can do. When I did a wallpainting a while back with some people, we got in on it because a teacher from my school knew about it and suggested me.
You can be crazy good, but if people don't know you exist, you might miss out on a lot. And that's also where a wee bit of luck comes in. I've seen someone selling pieces at a fair that, in all honesty, weren't that great in my opinion; anatomy was way off, without it being a stylistic choice, composition was iffy; but still, she was selling stuff and plenty of artists with more skill were not. So she was definitely doing something right.
If you decide to pursue an artistic career, you never know what will cross your path. Someone might overhear a friend say he wants a painting done and say 'Oh, but I know someone!', for example. But you might also be without proper income for a while and have to resort to a side job.
It's a type of insecurity that you need to be okay with. You might be successful, might not. No one can guarantee you anything.
Certain fields will be harder than others, but if something seems like a good way to make money, you can be sure you are not the only one who came up with that. It will always be hard work, but for me it beats the alternative.