I'm off today so I might be spamming a bit.
The thing that sucks about working, besides everything, is I actually have talents but none of them pay the bills. I baked professionally for 6 months and it was the happiest, most fulfilling time! I took pride in my work. I was appreciated for my passion and commitment to it. I busted my ass all day and got biceps for the first time in my life. And I ate lots of leftover carbs. It was blissful. I was excellent at making baguettes.
Eventually though it reached the point where I had to move on to something that paid money you can reasonably expect to get by on, or we'd have to pack up and move back in with the in-laws, basically.
I went to school for illustration and when I was doing my senior thesis on goddesses, my professors told me I had a good defined style and that would help me sell my work. There were almost 30 talented women (all girls college) in my graduating class and I think maybe two of them are working in the field, and I don't think it's full time. There is one major publisher who fits my type of work, and they have never answered my submissions. :(
I am just trying desperately to get out of my retail job because it is draining every ounce of life from me but I don't know where to go because when people say they want an "artist" they really want a web designer who knows CSS and HTML (HOW IS THIS THE SAME??? I DRAW PICTURES.) and when they say they want a baker they really want a skilled laborer who they can still pay under $10 an hour.
Anyway I'm sure I'm not the only one out there suffering from this. Show me what you wish you were doing for work and we can all congratulate each other on being too awesome to be appreciated in our lifetime.