You can self publish and produce your work.
You can partner with viable organizations.
You can start your own organization.
You can create and publish part time and ask for little money in return.
You can devote your whole life to artistic creation and try to demand appropriate compensation.
You can big, small or in between.
You can do stuff no one likes, or stuff designed to appeal to the masses.
All of these (and many others) are viable paths. None of them are easy. No one of these is really better then the other.
The beauty is that you get to make your choice. You also get to change your choice.
The only real mistake is never really deciding what your path (and goals) are going to be.