Here’s the truth, brace yourself
Forget all the technical stuff; YouTube, Facebook, marketing, branding, websites etc; forget all of that. The reason that you are not in a position of doing this as a profession (and not making a living from this) more than likely stems from the amount of work you put in.
Essentially, you don’t want it badly enough.
Get a game plan and stick to it
In this information day and age where we are surrounded by technology, communication has never been so easy. We can converse with each other in ways that we have never been able to before.
Technology is frightening and overwhelming, it is so vast that organisation is the key. Decide what you are going to do and stick to it.
I have been there and worked two jobs (in the past) just and set out to learn what I needed to; I didn’t even sell any art for 5 years.
I did this because I set out to learn what it is to have a business in art. I used the internet to solve all of my problems and answer all of my questions. The tools are there at your disposal, you can find every question you want answered.
Put the damn work in or don’t bother
There are thousands of other artists out there doing what you want to do and millions of pages of information offering you what you need to get to there, but if you’re not prepared to put the work in what is the point?
That is the bottom line – repeated again – you have to put the work in.
I had to make sacrifices as I had decided that there was only one thing that was important and that is this. And even today I can go 4 or 5 months without taking any money and I have to cope with that. It’s hard sometimes.
But I don’t give up; I carry on. So can you. There’s no difference between you and me is there? So what the hell are you waiting for?
Sit down with a blank piece of paper and ask yourself “am I really doing all that I can to make this work?”. If you answer yes then stop – you’re a deluded fool and you won’t get anywhere.
I hope this helps and good luck!