I thought I was a pro, but then I think it’s more accurate to select semi-pro— the problem here is not only have I spent more than I took in, I’ve lost even more money trying to earn some than I ever have and probably will make in this lifetime plus 40 more years of doing the same. Bearing all this in mind, I get more sleep now because I ain’t gotta get up early to make someone else happy.
I maybe got to the semi-pro level about 13 years ago for a few years with a number of lucrative commissions, but I cut back after my wife passed in 2010 and as I got older. Just a hobbyist now, but still enjoy making sawdust.
A Perspective, not sure "professional" should only be considered by income you generate. I spent 11 years of my life playing in a symphony and chamber groups for a liviing, today I do not Yet, my skill playing music skill are still a professional level. Case n point, many music groups make money playing sub-standard music out of tune, really can't keep rhythm, generally without skill yet, they make money. So that metric is a bit misleading, Imho ... just sayin.