There is an unfortunate expectation around people deserving to get paid, in particular around doing work.
Just because you once got paid for doing your “thing” does not mean that you are entitiled to always get paid for it. There is a lot of accomplishment in doing work for free.
A LOT of successful people have started out doing work for free. They worked until someone was willing to pay them. Even then they continue to do free work. These include Adam Carolla, Arron Draplin, and all these people.
If you want to do something, do it. Your skills will increase as well as your network. This article is very specific but the lessons is much larger.