This isn't new, but I've never read it before, and maybe you haven't either. Jeff Rudell is a paper sculptor in the US and regular contributor to CraftStylish.com, where he offers various papercraft projects.
In his article "Depth Charge: How to Make a Splash and Get Paid for it", he talks about how he went from papercrafting as an evening hobby to papercrafting as a full time career.
"Despite not know where I was headed, I felt pretty confident that I would need a portfolio of work to show people whenever I got to wherever I was going. So I set out to hone my skills and build up a body of work that showed both my interests and my range."
I know I'm not the only one who dreams of ditching my 9-5 and getting paid to do something that really excites me. However, wether I will or not is another thing. Either way I like to read "how I made it" stories, it makes that dream life feel a little closer.