Learn to be poor yet dedicated, forever. Step away from the computer every chance you can and learn how to be flexible as an artist/designer. Learn art history, color theory, grid systems, typography, photography, and illustration. Work with other artists/designers around you. We all learn from one another. Education is everything, but the institution isn’t. School is great, but retaining information is better. With that said, Art School is great for some and a waiting room for others. It’s certainly not a requirement to be an artist. Once you have a knowledge base, the world is yours to make.
To summarize, I am a person just like you, no better or worse. I work to create things that I find interesting and fulfilling on a variety of levels. My advice to you is to find your voice and do the same, and hopefully it will lead you in a positive direction. Good luck.”