When you start out as an actor, generally, you get an office job while you do projects on your own and wait for acting to turn into a full time job.
This is what my cousin Ben did. Then he got what he wanted and acting turned into a full time job.
Then he quit that full time acting job to have an office job again, and do shows on his own. He told me this tonight. I was impressed. He's 29 and I think that's young to figure that out.
I no longer expect or want to make my living doing theater. Not ACTING, theater. The work that pays is often lame (farces and rehashed musicals are safe bets that will return investors' money), always short-lived (anything longer than a 5-month contract is almost unheard of), and never pays you enough to live responsibly* on (see footnote).
So you do bad art that takes all your time and energy for no money.
Tempting, I know.
I'll officially only do it for fun from now on. Thank goodness for commercial work and occasional fancy parties where I can dress in napkins.
*I define living responsibly as being able to meet a housing payment and pay all reasonable utilities, pay for your independent health insurance, afford a modest annual vacation, and saving for retirement. I don't know any full-time theater people who could meet that, much less adding something exorbitant to the equation like "car payment" or "child care."