Natural, God given talent will only get you so far. It is essential that you put in many, grueling hours of work in order to achieve what you desire.
Many people think that they can simply get by with the skills they already have, refusing to take the time to improve upon those skills. Traversing through art school, I have seen this far too often. While it may work for some people, to some degree, this is not the way to go.
Have you ever heard the phrase, "you get what you pay for"? Same rules apply. You will gain the amount of skill, experience, and, ultimately, client work that directly correlates to the amount of time you spend leveling up. It's not a coincidence. It's not an accident. Work hard, and you will be rewarded.