Hi Sam. Again, I’m sorry about your job. I wish I could tell you to do X but you know me. Mr./Ms. Needs More Info To Really Give Good Advice. Try putting that on a business card. lol
I will recommend turning one of your passions into your job though. When I was temping at Xerox I taught myself DOS, Windows 3.1, and MS Paint. When I heard about a job at a software company using those skills I went into the interview playing up those skills and my strengths. I emphasized that I’m the kind who teaches myself whatever I want to learn. All of that landed me the job. I’ve never set foot in a college classroom, ever.
I don’t know what your area is like so I have no idea how you dressing every day will go over. And some companies and industries are more open to that than others. So it all depends. Of course your primary focus should be your child, making sure you can provide everything they need. Which isn’t to say that you should look for money over having a job that pays a little less but is what you really want.
You might want to look into freelancing. Yes it might be tough to break into but again, emphasize your skills and talents. People are looking, heck paying, for results. As long as you can deliver top-notch results they don’t care if you dress like Zoltar The Invincible and get around town on a Segway. Although when you go in to meet them either initially or later on I’d probably recommend something a little more… normal? You know what I mean.
Again, go with your passion. That will be evident in the work you produce. And you’ll be so much happier. If my bipolar disorder hadn’t bitten me in the butt I’d still be working for that software company and enjoying the heck out of myself. If I could work that’s the job I’d go for. But I’m on disability so I have the opportunity to see how I’ll make it as a poet. Again, that’s my passion.