If you are still thinking, “Who will pay me to take pictures?” you are heading down a very, very competitive path. Better to think, “What can I explore, define and create with my camera that will create value?” And then, “How can I monetize that value?

The notion that you’re not a real photographer until people are willing to pay you for work is silly. Based on what I recall from Art history class, Van Gogh never sold any of his paintings during his lifetime and yet his work is highly regarded. David Hobby underlines that one recurrent advice I keep reading over and over from many professional photographers and if it’s stated this many times, it’s for a good reason. Focus on great content first and worry about the potential of making money with it later.