From a realistic perspective, it’s very challenging to become a studio or professional artist. I think one obvious career path for people interested and passionate about art is to become a teacher, but I feel that teaching isn’t for everyone. Some people have neither the patience or the aptitude for teaching any age of student. While others thrive and inspire their pupils without turning them into carbon copies of themselves and letting their students develop and grown into their own personal style after teaching them proper techniques. Those unfit or unsuited for teaching have plenty of other options, they could run and organize galleries, which isn’t exactly producing more art, but it’s still working in the arena that they want to.