just a quick notice from my side.
it took me about 1.5 years to get from regular jobs to 3D work only paying my bills. we don´t have that much options in austria here as well, but the good thing is. there are allways way too less good people out there. so if you become good at what you are doing you will be the one who can choose from job offers.
oh and btw, I came across turbo squid once too. I failed on the burocratic starting hurdles as well. try and get into a company in your country. even if that means you have to move in another city. I moved 2 times myself for a job. it payd off and I learn alot. (ah well and did I mention I earn real small money in my first 2 years? it wasn´t often enough to by food and pay my flat.) but that´s how it goes in the beginning. only the strong will survive!! and those who can live from little kebaps each day
everything starts and ends in the right place at the right time.