Step Two - Study art. It's all around. Many artists pick up skills, techniques and professional contacts from other artists, classes and workshops.
Step Three - Choose a specialty. Fine painting and sculpture, illustration, cartooning, sketch artistry, restoring old art, airbrushing pictures on cars or motorcycles, teaching, making souvenir country pottery, designing billboards and making movies are all possible occupations for an artist. Some require special skills and more training than others.
Step Four - Be persistent. Most artist's success stories reflect years of courteous but constant work approaching galleries, art directors, etc. Be professional and show only your best work.