make a living out of (doing) (something)

make a living out of (doing) (something)

To earn enough money from something or some pursuit that one is able to support oneself on that alone. I can't make a living out of my art or anything, but I love doing it and the bit of extra income it provides is certainly appreciated. I never thought I'd make a living out of sculpting my own pottery, but it's actually proven to be very lucrative.
See also: living, make, of, out