I made a portfolio critique thread last year, as I had been trying to get my first concept art job for 5 years. Today marks 6 years of me trying everything I can to finally break in, and have finally given up hope. I'm in somewhat of a dilemma, as my last 4 years worth of resume experience have been in 2D layout for pre-kinder shows(that's all we get in Canada), but the career is low paying, rarely offers benefits and contracts are often very short and you end up spending 2-4 months unemployed between them.
I was wondering if anyone has any tips on areas that I might be blind to in which I can use the skills I learnt along my years trying to break into the industry, something that's perhaps better paying and more stable than pre-kinder animation? I'm aware that there are divergent career paths such as illustration for card games or board games, but I've also had 0 luck in those areas so I'm at a loss of where to go with my current skills, as they seem to be mostly irrelevant outside the niche and I'm not too keen on going back to school at age 30.
Thanks in advance!