Making a living off of art

I often get asked whether it is possible to make a living off of art, usually from people who are about to choose that direction in life and are worried about their future. I can attest that it is definitely possible! I personally am able to make a living from my art, and I know a lot of other people who do the same. However, it’s not a guarantee for everyone, and can be complicated depending on what you do, where you live, and what your options are. For me, having an online presence and living in The Netherlands, which is relatively easygoing for freelancers, has made things a lot easier. I also generate income from various sources, like client work, book sales, teaching workshops, and more. If one of these sources falls away, I can try to compensate by focusing on other areas of income. If you want to make a career off of your art, do not put too much pressure on yourself to succeed immediately, but give yourself time to find out which path works for your situation.

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