It has been a journey and a series of decisions that led me to where I am today, both financially and with relation to my art.
I gave up for years to obtain a degree for a "real job". Within a few years, health issues put an abrupt halt to that. After a few more YEARS recovering, I'm pursuing any other option to make a living that doesn't slowly destroy my body and soul.
I gave up years of my life to maintain a standard of living, pay off debt, and not practice.