You seem to be under the incorrect assumption that you have to be better than everyone else to get a job in 3D.
Ever see really shitty art? Like one of those daytime television commercials where the 3D models look like abominations? Someone paid someone else to make that. That abomination made someone a few thousand dollars.
You need to understand that in --> ANY INDUSTRY <-- people will pay for things that they don't know how to do themselves. That's where you come in.
The local used car dealership doesn't give a fuck about some photo realistic renders on some asshats DA page. They only know they want a commercial that has a CG rabbit. Once again, that's where you come in.
I'm not even saying your art is bad, only that people with bad art skills are getting creative jobs all over the place, so why can't you?
The best advice I can give you is to keep practicing & to make sure everyone you know, knows that you know 3DCG. The job I have right now, I have solely because I did that.
>We really need a sign made for this...
>I can make a sign, I actually do graphic design on the side...
Boom. Work experience and something else to add to my portfolio. Easy as that.
Worry about getting work, then worry about getting paid. Because you'll never get paid without a job, and you'll never get a job if you never create opportunities for yourself.