Yes, Yes, Yes, No, No, No
Before anyone knows that you're amazing at whatever that thing is you do, you need to convince them that you're worth investing in, your ideas have merit, and that you can deliver results.
In short, you need to say yes to a lot of opportunities. You've got to be willing to say "yes" to a lot of opportunities.
Even if they are unpaid, or underpaid or whatever, take the job, get the experience, get your feet wet, learn what you're good at, and what areas you need to grow in.
But then something happens... as more and more people start to recognize how incredible you are, the requests start to accumulate.
Then, and this is a critical step, you need to begin the process of being comfortable saying no.
See, what I've found is that once people realize and can see your talent, more and more people will come knocking to get a piece of you. This is flattering, but ultimately, destructive to your goals if you don't develop the ability to say no. You've got to be willing to say "no" to opportunities, so you're freed up for the things you really want to be a part of.
This process could take a year, or 5 years or who knows how long, but the key is that you're growing and moving towards the transition point to where your time is in demand, and not so heavy on the supply side.