A life in art can take many turns. The correct turns in my life happened when I didn’t insist on taking the wheel.
I can’t even call my art a career. I don’t feel “I ” (the small I) had anything to do with the direction it took. You can tell when you are fighting the current, and when things flow almost effortlessly. Most of the time when I tried to force things to happen, it wasn’t for artistic reasons, it was for ego reasons. And of course, they don’t work. They only caused me pain, suffering and self-doubt.
Spirit guides us if we listen. Turn it over. Clear out the life you think you “should” have, and make room for the life that is waiting for you.