I’m going to let you in on a little secret.
Artists do not have to be starving. Art doesn’t have to be the field that nonintellectuals venture down or that confused teens need to explore in order to “fight the man”. It doesn’t have to be the hobby of a drug-addled hippy and it doesn’t have to be unstable, scorned by your parents, or that thing you gave up to pursue something more “secure”.
If you want to be an artist, do it. If you’re reading this—you are part of web 2.0. You are in a time where you can live in bum-fuck nowhere, have no money, and no job—and if you make something beautiful then post it on the web, you can be making more than the doctors and lawyers the world tries to tell you to be.
Step 1: Stop making excuses.