One common way for artists to make money outside of the gallery is to work in publishing . . . design, production, even accounting. I thought it would be fun to list some of the ass-kicking artists I've worked with during my so-called career. I've got nothing but gratitude for all the excellent schoolin' they've provided over the years while we should have been working.
Not a visual artist, but . . . Patricia Kennealy-Morrison. The lady is hardcore. Read the first three books in the Keltiad series. Thank me later.